ThinkFun Gordians Knot
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- Six colorful interlocking puzzle pieces
- Forty-page step-by-step solution book
- Easy-to-follow reassembly instructions
- Teaches deductive reasoning and problem-solving
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gordian's Knot requires lots of moves to take apart -- over 60 -- more than any simple 6-piece puzzle. Thus, it can be fiddled with and set down again in a perfectly presentable state. Taking a puzzle apart is generally more fun than putting one together. Myself, I have thousands of puzzles, but this is the one that I've played with the most, due to the fact that I don't have to do any clean up when I set the puzzle down again.
I will note that I found a couple of pieces relatively tough to move. Specifically, the light blue and yellow pieces do not slide in and out of each other as fluidly as they should and it took me a good hour of being stuck (and reworking the puzzle from the begining) before I realized that it was a fault in the puzzle design and that I just needed to use a little muscle to pull the pieces away from each other. Other than that, this thing is great fun. I'd also like to add that putting the puzzle back together is almost as difficult as pulling it apart. Don't lose the directions....it is 60+ steps to put it back together!
After you've completed taking it apart the instructions are reversed to put it back together. Makes sense, right? Except the book literally gives the exact instructions in reverse order. 1 major problem - when doing this backwards the direction pieces move should be reversed (left = right, up = down, etc...).
If you're buying this as a gift, I recommend not sharing the above with the gift recipient. Just sit back and watch the frustration!
While taking apart this puzzle is a fun task, I concur with other reviewers in preferring the use of the instruction manual for the more difficult task of reassembly.
Note: those with poor dexterity may find it difficult to hold the pieces in place properly, and thus may wish to avoid purchasing this puzzle.
I love this puzzle. I first found one at a second hands kids store and got it for my baby as a teething toy and soon became enthralled by it. Obviously, I spent more time playing with this than my baby ever has. I bought this second one as a Christmas gift and am sure that my brother will love working on it. Everyone who happens upon it in my house has been obsessed with trying to figure it out. But of course to buy this you maybe looking for some facts:
Out of the two people who have taken mine apart, it took them approximately 1.5 hours.
With the booklet it is challenging to put back together, but by no means impossible. It takes about 20min.
Even if you're not a super genius you can take this apart! Yes there's a specific order, but you can stumble through it. I was playing around with it, when I turned it and a piece fell off!
It's a great activity to get people away from screens and interacting. Plus a great conversation starter when people see it.
All in all, this is a fun puzzle and definitely worth the price for the hours off entertainment you'll get out of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really frustrating! As someone who can solve an array of twisty puzzles, this one definitely proves to be a challenge. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The chess set had 2 queens, and was missing the gold king. What a disappointment to have to return a gift.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
a gift for my 14 year old fgrandson's birthday. he really likes itPublished 4 months ago by Sherri Bowman
its enjoyment can be increased by eliminating the frustration of getting lost in midstream. cut three pieces in half with a fine
saw,,use a wood dowel inserted to put them... Read more
Saw this puzzle in one of the shows on TV- Numb3rs where a couple of math whizs were nonchalantly solving it while bantering about math-y things. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suryeah