# 3D Assemble Puzzles

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FOOL'S SPOOL

CYLINDER TEN

do do rings

SUDOKU 3DBALL No.18

SUDOKU 3DBALL No.13

Chest of Hundreds / 100er Kiste

9 pieces

designed by Georg Pfäffinger

IcoSoKu

Difficulty: easy - medium

Playing Time: 45 minutes

The name is a word combination of icosahedron and Sudoku. Icosahedron refers to the geometrical form of the puzzle.

The puzzle is also a number puzzle similar to Sudoku, hence its name.

The puzzle consists of a blue icosahedron with yellow corners, 12 yellow pegs and 20 triangular, white plates. The pegs are numbered from 1 to 12.

A peg can be inserted on each corner of the icosahedron. The white plates resemble dominoes, as they have a number between zero and three on each corner.

The white plates can be attached to the triangular sides of the Icosahedron.

The puzzle can be played in two ways:

In the easy mode, the yellow pegs and the white pegs can be placed as desired.

In the difficult variant, first the yellow pegs are distributed by chance on the Icosahedron. Then the white plates have to be placed.

There is only one rule to consider in both variants:

Each corner of a white plate points to a corner / yellow peg. Therefore, each yellow peg is surrounded by five white corners.

The sum of these five white corners has to equal the number on the peg.

The difficulty level of the puzzle is like a moderate or difficult Sudoku challenge. But compared to other puzzles, I would classify IcoSoKu as easy,

as it is not really necessary to develop own ideas to master the puzzle.

Puzzle Review

designed by Andrea Mainini

Puzzles based on magnets

CUBE OCTA

Zen Magnets

Complicated shapes can be built by simpler shapes.

The most useful and easiest shape

is in my point of view the ring.

The rings can be combined to linked or coupled cylinders.

In a two-part coupled chain,

the magnet spheres are right one below the other.

The polarity of the magnet spheres is in the respective chains opposed.

the magnet spheres have the same polarity in the respective chains,

therefore the magnet spheres lay shifted.

By pressing a coupled cylinder, you obtain a two-layer cubic solid.

The most useful tool is for me a PVC Card.

I use it to disconnect a complicated shape at a particular position.

Moreover, it helps me to connect two shapes at the right place.

Puzzle Review

Ball of Whacks Six Color Edition

(US patent: US 7247075)

30 identical pieces

Difficulty: easy

Playing Time: < 15 minutes

Ball of Whacks was designed by Roger von Oech.

It consists of a set of 30 magnetic pyramid-shaped pieces,

which can be played with alone, as well as in combination

with the X-ball, Y-ball or Star-ball.

Roger von Oech had the idea for this puzzle when he examined

a rhombic triacontahedron, which looks like a ball.

What is a whack? A whack is a creativity term for something

that stimulates you to think differently.

The puzzle consists of 30 (whacks) rhombic pyramids.

Inside of the whack are strong earth magnets,

which enable you to construct different figures and shapes.

The puzzle can be played with in different ways.

Puzzle Review

designed by Roger von Oech

Never-ending cord

designed by Georg Pfäffinger

Cubilus

Matching Puzzles

SCHLOSS EINSTEIN CUBE

From

DODECA SPACE

The Great Pyramid

Dodek Duo

Puzzle Design Competition 2009

designed by Jerry Langin-Hooper

made by Dodek Puzzle Company, LLC

10 pieces

made by DaMert Company Berkeley, CA

SMARTS PYRAMID SOCCER

10 pieces

made by DaMert Company Berkeley, CA

CubeArt

Puzzle Design Competition 2011

Difficulty: easy

Playing Time: > 90 minutes

8 blocks

The blocks have different sizes,

for example there is a cube with 1 x 1 x 1

and another cube with 2 x 2 x 2 units.

Of the remaining six blocks

half have the size 2 x 1 x 1 and the other half 2 x 2 x 1.

The stickers have the colours:

green, yellow, red, blue, orange and white.

The goal is to order the cube in such a

way that each face has the same four-colour-combination.

There are altogether four solutions for the puzzle.

The puzzle is a classical 3-dimensional pattern puzzle

in the shape of a cube.

Popular examples of this kind are Instant Insanity or Kolor Kraze.

Puzzles of this style are not very difficult,

as you can find the solution by a systematical search.

Puzzle Review

designed by Durandus Dijken

Packing Puzzles

8Pd

designed by Takeyuki Endo

TWIST L DAN

designed by Takeyuki Endo

6 piece + frame

designed by Takeyuki Endo

Octo 1

designed by Bill Darrah

Difficulty: easy

Playing Time: < 5 minutes

Fernsehgerät

designed by Krejci Viteslav

5-Minute Puzzle That Might Take Longer

Puzzle Design Competition 2009

designed by Andy Turner

Red Planks

designed by Jos Bergmans

MC Squared Cube Puzzle

designed by Michael Armstrong

Yoshikatsu Hara's 21 Piece Packing Puzzle

designed by Yoshikatsu Hara

DBox

Difficulty: easy - very difficult

Playing Time: 1 minute to several hours

DBOX is a Construction set which was invented by Boaz Leicht.

Each package consists of 16 yellow and 16 blue cubes.

The cubes are available in two different versions.

Eight (4 yellow + 4 blue) cubes (receptor units) have a hole on each side.

The other 24 (12 yellow +12 blue) cubes have only a hole on five sides.

The sixth side has a pin instead of a hole (connector units).

The pin can be attached to another cube on each side with a hole.

Then both cubes can be attached with each other by a quarter turn.

The connection is very stable as it is not plugged together.

The receptor units serve a simple purpose:

They hide all pins at an assembled piece.

All puzzles which consist of cube units can be easily built by this technique.

Puzzle Review

designed by Boaz Leicht

CANDY POT PUZZLE

Cheese Puzzle

Difficulty: easy

Playing Time: < 45 minutes

SHOT YOU

Sushi Puzzle

Difficulty: easy

Playing Time: < 30 minutes

designed by Kohfuh Satoh

6 Block Pazzle

designed by Hidekuni Tamura

Andrew Snowie

Football Puzzle

8 pieces

designed by Andrew Snowie

Cylinder Puzzle

12 pieces

designed by Andrew Snowie

Cone Puzzle

13 pieces

designed by Andrew Snowie

Gizeh Puzzle

12 pieces

designed by Andrew Snowie

Sphere Puzzle

12 pieces

designed by Andrew Snowie

Markus Götz

Brunnen-Puzzle

designed by Markus Götz

Prisgon

8 pieces + frame

designed by Markus Götz

Goldtruhe von Malaga /

THE GOLDEN TREASURE CHEST OF MALAGA

7 pieces + frame

designed by Markus Götz

Tetralott

7 pieces

designed by Markus Götz

Ivan Moscovich

MIRRORKAL / ESCHER (Pat. US4898560)

comes with 5 problems

Difficulty: easy / medium

Playing Time: < 35 minutes for each problem

The Escher puzzle is a variation of the picture cube puzzle.

The puzzle consists of a frame and nine cubes. The frame has the same height as the cubes.

On each side of the frame are three picture fragments visible.

Each of the cube has a mirror which passes from the upper edge to the opposite bottom edge (along the diagonals)

and divides the cube into two parts. All nine cubes are transparent on two neighbouring sides.

The other four sides are with picture fragments. If a side with a picture fragment is next to a transparent side,

then you can see the picture from above. The reason is that the picture got reflected by the mirror.

It has a special charme to solve this puzzle:

At the beginning you only search for mirror-inverted picture fragments.

Some of the picture fragments are very similar to each other, as Escher's drawings were used as motives.

After finding all nine picture fragments, the cubes have to be put back into the frame.

This is not very easy, as the mirror-inverted picture gets reflected.

Thus, for each picture side, there are two to four possibilities.

Nevertheless each of the five tasks can be solved by analytical thinking.

The pictures have different difficulty levels.

Drawing Hands and Print Gallery are easiest to solve, Sky and Water 1 is most difficult.

Mirrorkal Escher is a bit similar to Mirrorkal Mona Lisa, but differs clearly from it.

The Mirrorkal Mona Lisa reveals through each sliding new picture fragments and lets others disappear.

To solve the Mirrorkal Escher, I search for mirror-inverted picture fragments

and think about the place and the direction of the cubes.

Puzzle Review

designed by Ivan Moscovich

Teddy Sakamoto

Gari Garikun Puzzle / Not So Easy

Puzzle Design Competition 2010

designed by Teddy Sakamoto

Gari Garikun Puzzle / Not So Easy

Puzzle Design Competition 2010

designed by Teddy Sakamoto

Colour Cube

9 pieces

designed by Georg Pfäffinger

designed by Dabid Hutchings

Dragon's Eggs Puzzle

designed by T. H. O'Beirne

3 Balls + 4 pieces + frame

Plus-Puzzle

designed by David Goodman

4 pieces

4 pieces + frame

1986 Hikimi Wooden Puzzle Competition (Grand Prize)

designed by Bill Cutler

Square in the Bag

Puzzle Design Competition 2012

IPP 33 Exchange / Narita, Japan

designed by Hirokazu Iwasawa (Iwahiro)

Square in the Bag

Puzzle Design Competition 2012

IPP 33 Exchange / Narita, Japan

designed by Hirokazu Iwasawa (Iwahiro)

Culica

With Culica you can play many types of puzzle, including matching

puzzles, assemble puzzles and different sequential movement puzzles.

Culica consists of a black, hollow cube which has 3 x 3 Slots on each

face. In addition to the cube, there are coloured pegs (28 yellow

pegs, 28 red pegs, 14 blue pegs and 14 green pegs). The pegs are

pushed into the slots on the Culica cube while playing.

As there are so many puzzles, I will introduce only two examples:

CuFrog:

Playing Time: 15 minutes

The aim is to fill the whole Culica with pegs. Thereby the colour of

the pegs does not matter. The pegs are put with a Cube Hop, which

means that each peg which is newly placed has to leave a space

or a peg in relation to the last peg which was placed. Cube Hops are

only straight, not diagonal.

CuRing:

The constraint of CuRing is that pegs of the same colour have to keep

a minimum separation distance of four. This means that no two pegs of

the same colour can be closer than four spaces in straight lines,

however the spaces on the diagonal axis don't matter.

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Literature

Serhiy Grabarchuk PUZZLE DIMENSIONS

Kevin Holmes / Rig van Grol A Compendium of Cube-Assembly Puzzles using Polycube Shapes

Shops

Creative Whack Company http://www.creativewhack.com/

CubeArt http://cube-art.com/

CULICA http://culica.com/

Geduldspiele.CH http://geduldspiele.ch

RECENTTOYS INTERNATIONAL http://www.recenttoys.com/

rekubus http://rekubus.eu/

ZenMagnets.com http://zenmagnets.com/