Moeraki Game No.4
In an interesting story, Ivan Moscovich created the same puzzles and patented their design in the US in 1985 (US patent No.4,509,756)
and were licensed to Meffert Novelties in 1983. Ivan and Kasimir have reached an agreement around the puzzles sale and distribution,
and I'm pleased to be able to once again restore the review with full consent of both Mr Moscovich and Mr Landowski!
Moeraki Game No.4, designed by Kasimir Landowski and Ivan Moscovich, is a two dimensional manipulation puzzle.
The puzzle was awarded with a gold medal at the International Trade Fair
for "Ideas-Inventions-New Products" in Nuremberg for its innovative design.
The name Moeraki originates from the Moeraki Boulders. Moeraki Boulders are up to two meters
high spherical stones which only appear in the south of New Zealand close to Moeraki.
I liked Moeraki Game No.4 at first glance, as it look has turned out well.
The colours fit perfectly together, the beads sparkle and glisten slightly and remind me of candy.
The beads can be shifted very smoothly and it feels very comfortably to hold the puzzles in the hand.
Moreover it makes a solid impression.
The puzzle is accompanied by a game CD with three different difficulty levels.
The puzzles is packed in a stable plastic case which protects the CD and the puzzle from any scratches.
The puzzle consists of three closed circular orbits.
Two circular orbits intersect respectively on two places so that there are in total 6 crossing points.
All three orbits have the same length and contain 18 beads. Due to the 4 crossing points located on each orbit,
each orbit is divided into four sections with different lengths, namely with 9, 2, 1 and 2 beads.
The beads are present in three different colours (red, green and yellow).
There are 9 beads per colour and additionally 21 transparent beads.
All beads of one orbit can be shifted along it.
The goal is to order the beads on each orbit according to colour.
The number of possible combinations is 48!/ (9!9!9!21!), nevertheless the puzzle is easy to solve.
I needed about 15 minutes to master the puzzle.
The elegant design and the colouring beads whet the appetite for taking the puzzle into the hand
and playing with it. The puzzle is easy and therefore well suited for any age.
You can buy the Moeraki Game No.4 on the official website.