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NIce puzzle. Poor marketing.
on November 20, 2012
I got this puzzle as a birthday gift a few days ago and finished it tonight. It is very well made and imagery is very nice. The variety of fish, colors and textures in the image made it pretty easy to do for a 1000 piece puzzle, but the marketing/packaging is a little frustrating.
First Note to puzzle makers: Always include at least one COMPLETE image of the puzzle on the box. Make it as large as possible. In the case of this puzzle, the image on the top of the box is obscured by an image of an iPhone in an effort to demonstrate the augmented reality feature that the puzzle invokes when you use the app. The only unobscured image is a postage stamp sized thing on the side. Not cool, especially if you expect children to enjoy the puzzle with the adults. 1/5th of this puzzle is obscured. I know there are plenty of puzzlers out there who don't use the box, but the choice should be ours, not the puzzle makers.
Second note to puzzle makers: Put an image of the puzzle some place where people can find it on the Internet. As my wife and kids struggle over puzzle box tops when we gather to assemble puzzles, one of the nicest things in the preservation of sanity department is the ability to print extra copies of the cover so we each have one and can work on our areas without interruption. Take some of the money you've invested in augmented reality and improve your web site instead so that images of the puzzle can be found and printed out as needed. Without extra copies of the puzzle image, the scene at the puzzle table looks like the one-eye between three witches scene in a mythology themed movie. Let me see, let me see! Many other puzzle makers have figured this out and post the puzzle images on their web sites. It would be especially useful for these Ravensburger folks since they choose to obscure the image on the box.
Third note..this time to the Ravensburger people: YOU CANNOT TAKE A PICTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY. So, the idea of including a picture of an iPhone, or any electronic device running augmented reality is like trying to evaluate the picture quality of a TV by looking at pictures of the TV in a magazine. Doesn't work. Quit it!
So overall, great puzzle. The augmented reality thing is interesting once or twice (probably more interesting to those who haven't seen the billboards and other AR apps popping up all over these days). But if you assemble the puzzle based on the image on the cover. You will be a little frustrated with this one as they've hidden a lot of the puzzle image.