Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Wooden Stacking Puzzle - Tower of Pisa, By Funyards Australia - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:           Wooden stacking puzzle 

Rating:                      ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:   5 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Collectors of wooden / handmade puzzles 

This is a beautiful thing that captures my heart instantly and gives me an inexplicable warm fuzzy feeling. This lovingly-made wooden stacking puzzle is also known as the “Tower of Pisa”, and is available at Funyards Australia if you would love to grab one before it runs out. 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Unique 3D Wooden Puzzle With 18 Puzzle Pieces 

This 3D packing puzzle features 18 rectangular wooden sticks, a base with a long pole standing vertically in the middle, and a specially-carved top piece that serves as a secure “lid” for the completed structure. The objective of the game is pretty straightforward: simply remove the separable pieces from the base, and reassemble them into a 9-storey tower. The 18 puzzle pieces can be categorised into 4 types: 1 x whole piece, 6 pieces with a single indentation, 7 pieces with double indentations, 4 pieces with three notches (2 on one side and 1 on the reverse side). The key is to observe the pattern of each piece, plan and arrange the sticks by stacking them up - two on each level, in a “criss-cross” manner so that each pieces would fit nicely on top of each other. A simple rule to follow: two “cutout” parts cannot be placed on top of each other, nor 2 “whole” parts without cutouts. This puzzle is fresh, innovative, but definitely “sticky”! 

(2) A Tower of Pisa In Natural Wooden Shades

I am truly enchanted by the beautiful shades of the wooden pieces - some have a natural darker grain, a few with lighter timber colours, and three of them were painted in stunning red to give the puzzle a unique touch. From a quick glance, the final structure resembles the multi-layered architectural appearance of the Tower of Pisa, save that it is not leaning (or rather, it should not be leaning if we have solved the puzzle correctly!). I love how gorgeous the tower is, and how the final structure looks slightly different each time when we reassemble them (depends on the position and orientation of the different coloured sticks). 

(3) Lovingly-Handmade By Artisans In Thailand 

Like the other Funyards Australia products - this brainteaser set is lovingly-handmade by local artisans in Thailand. It is built for long-lasting play, durable and solid, precisely crafted, and makes an artistic display at home. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

Funyards Australia 

Enjoy the video! 

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