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Thinkfun Stenzzles Dogs Puzzle
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- 8 cards layer together to replicate a colorful image
- Flip, rotate and layer the cards in the correct order to solve the challenge
- Innovative puzzle challenges the artistic part of your brain
- Includes booklet with 8 challenges and solutions and puzzle stand
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I really liked the unique type of spatial visual puzzle concept that the designer was employing in this product. The dog shapes were fun for the kids 9 and 6 to play with. The 6 yo got bored quickly as the puzzles were a bit too challenging for her, but my 9 yo son enjoyed the puzzle quite a bit.
Overall a nicely designed product. I would probably prefer that the stencils themselves were made of plastic to hold up a little better especially with the amount of flipping through them, but overall the laminated cardboard was okay and should hold up adequately.
This was a fun puzzle to play with and my son and I enjoyed thinking through the various color combos and trying to figure out which layer came first. It's probably not a game we'll play every day or one we can't put down, but should be a nice road trip type of game since it takes up very little room to play it.
Overall rating 4/5 Liked it!
I found this considerably easier than the classic Rabbit Silhouette puzzle (ThinkFun made a version of that back when they were called Binary Arts). Because the cards in this puzzle are square, there are only four possible rotations for each one, doubling to eight once you include flipping the cards over. The order of the stack matters, so there are lots of possible combinations, but you can get clues to the order by looking at the puzzle goal and seeing how much of each color is visible.
The puzzle was created by Ron Dubren, who has designed quite a few puzzles and toys, including Rubik's Rabbits and Nemesis Factor. He is also the co-inventor of Tickle Me Elmo.
The cards are plastic-coated cardboard, and should hold up pretty well, though it is possible to fold them if you are careless. It comes with a fairly sturdy plastic tray that you can use to display your solution. The color scheme is attractive and well chosen, though you do have to pay attention to make sure you don't confuse the two shades of gray. I would recommend this for adults and older kids/teens, as I suspect younger kids would not find it as interesting.
I enjoyed the puzzle quite a bit. Between the colors and the moderate difficult level, it was kind of soothing (unlike some puzzles which lean more toward frustrating) and was satisfying to solve.
Disclaimer: I know some of the people who work for ThinkFun, and I got a free copy of the puzzle to try out. However, I loved their stuff long before I knew anyone there, and have bought pretty much everything they have ever produced.
The concept of this game is to flip, rotate, and stack 8 different cards to match one of the puzzles shown in the puzzle book.
1. I think this game is a perfect coffee table piece/game for Dog Lovers!
2. I have yet to see anything else on the market out there for a challenge of this sort (It also reminds me of their Daily Puzzle.
3. The challenges are tricky for kids and adults both!
4. As a teacher, I will use it as a geometry/art project for my middle school students, and I have no doubt they will love it! Im also excited to hopefully get their other versions so my students have a choice. I believe they have Tropical and Sports. Perhaps more coming in the future too :0)
This product is a lot of fun for my 9 year old son! He loves being creative and likes puzzles so he really liked using the booklet to do the different challenges. It's also a great travel game!
First impressions: I remember stencils similar to these being made of plastic. I was disappointed to find that these are merely cardboard. The plastic tray that holds the stencils is thin and cumbersome to put back in the box. the colors of the individual cards are easily distinguished and show a high level of detail. Not sure how much lasting power this will have - one or two times playing seems like it will be enough.
Session impressions: We both figured out one puzzle and had pretty much had our fill. It was an interesting puzzle, but not one we cared do try several variants of by switching the front stencil piece and the colors behind it. Our daughter is too young for the puzzle aspect, but we let her explore just using the stencils in her art projects. As stated above, these are made of cardboard and have started to show significant wear in the short amount of use they have seen. After a few initial uses, they have gone untouched on her art shelf.
Overall impressions: The sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Good quality stencils are fun. Puzzles are fun. This combination of both seems to miss the mark (at least for my family). We'll stick to one or the other instead of this intriguing, yet unfortunately lackluster hybrid.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More challenging than expected....my 8 yo with usually good spatial skills gave up at first.
Wonderfully packaged and designed, makes a great gift for any dog lover.
My 9-year-old daughter and I have been doing these puzzles together and having a great time. We were afraid they would be too difficult, but it's just the right level of challenge. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Lisa Richard
This one-player game will make a nice addition to my classroom collection of logic puzzles available for student use. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Mom of two
Very happy with the product. Gift for my son who loves to be challenged with puzzles and new ways to solve problems.Published on December 7, 2012 by holley