A Look at Impossible and Extremely Difficult Puzzles

For the avid puzzlers – we are always looking for a new challenge. For some, increasing the piece count is enough – moving up from standard 1000 piece or 1500 piece puzzles into the giant masterpieces like a 9000 piece Underwater Paradise or even bigger like the world’s largest puzzle at 32,000 pieces. For others, it’s not just about the piece count, but adding some other kind of dimension to the puzzle that makes it more difficult to solve. Today, I’ll take a look at a few specialty puzzles you’ll find at PuzzleWarehouse.com, and why they have the thrill you’re looking for in your next jigsaw.

 

Most difficult jigsaw puzzle with no edge pieces

Raining Cats and Dogs – an Impossibles with extra pieces and no edges.

Impossible Puzzles

University Games has come up with a few unique obstacles that are sure to throw a wrench into your typical idea of puzzling. Their Impossibles series are puzzles with no edge pieces (which means there is no border to help guide you), and also FIVE extra pieces in the box that don’t fit any other piece. And then, if you do manage to solve the puzzle without a flat edge for a clue, there are also hidden images in the completely puzzle to find within. The puzzles are only 750 pieces – but don’t let the size fool you – aside from the extra pieces and no edges, the images are also very repetitive – with similar colors and objects that make assembling the pieces even harder.


Non-Interlocking Puzzles

Scramble Squares - Classic Cars Puzzle Brainteaser

Scramble Squares – Classic Cars.

Don’t the simplicity fool you – just because these puzzles only have 9 pieces does not mean they won’t be a challenge! The object is to arrange the nine squares into a 3×3 square so that the graphics on the edges match perfectly all the way around to form a complete design in every direction. Scramble Squares slogan? “Can you unscramble the squares without scrambling your brain?” They even have an in-store challenge – if you can solve one in under 5 minutes, you get a free puzzle! Not many do!

 

Wasgij Puzzles

WASGIJ? MYSTERY - DRAMA AT THE OPERA

WASGIJ? MYSTERY – DRAMA AT THE OPERA

That’s right – jigsaw spelled backwards, or Wasgij, is a whole new way of puzzling. Created by Jumbo brand puzzles and drawn by artist Graham Thompson, these creative jigsaws are not what you’d expect. The puzzle you put together is not the same as the image you see on the box – in fact, solving the puzzle is part of solving the mystery! To complete the puzzle, you have to imagine what the character on the box image sees, or in come cases, will see! The puzzle art is bright and colorful along with humorous cartoons. Can you imagine yourself as part of the picture and put together what you might be seeing?

 

For even more specialty puzzle types – like ones that glow in the dark or feature hidden images and creative shapes, visit our website. Have you done one of these types of puzzles – tell us what you thought in the comments below.

Happy Puzzling!

Puzzles for Toddlers

Puzzle Warehouse can make everyone happy, regardless of their age. The impressive collection of puzzles, available both online and offline will keep you satisfied, no matter what your age is and what your preferences are. You can even find puzzles for toddlers and help them develop faster some of the essential motor and visual perception skills, while improving in the meantime their hand-eye coordination. And, what’s even more important, if you choose a jigsaw puzzle in order to reach the goals outlined above, you will contribute yourself to the happiness and development of your cherished little one.

The puzzles for toddlers are, of course, not made of cardboard. Safety’s first and you will only be able to get extra thick wooden puzzles, easy to handle and impossible to swallow. Handmade by Melissa and Doug, these jigsaw puzzles are simple, entertaining and incredibly cute. Their quality is definitely one of their strenghts, but not the only one.

All the pieces have jumbo wooden knobs that make their handling extremely easy, no matter what puzzle you choose. That also makes the assembling easier, and playing with the pieces becomes a lot more fun.

And speaking of fun, wait till you see some of the jigsaw wooden puzzles we have in stock. There’s a fishbowl with three happy residents, smiling at you, but if you don’t like water and would rather travel in a more exotic setting, the Jungle Friends await you as well. A friendly giraffe, an elephant and a lion are praying to be played with.

Oh, and we forgot to mention. Underneath each of the pieces you will find full-color, matching pictures, just in case the toddlers get distracted along the way.

Edgeless Jigsaw Puzzles

The edgeless jigsaw puzzles from Puzzle Warehouse will blow your mind away and give a new meaning to the word difficult. If you thought that large puzzles were hard to assemble, you should try doing it without the benefit of straight edges. Made by University Games, these small jigsaw puzzles not only have no edge, but they also feature 5 extra pieces.

These extra pieces will give you a really hard time, as they don’t fit in anywhere in the picture and you won’t know which ones they are until you manage to complete the puzzle. But you might not be able to do so, as the picture from the box is incomplete.

So you’re left with assembling a puzzle without two fundamental tools: the reference picture and the edges. The picture usually helps you to figure out where the different pieces go, while assembling the edges is usually the best and fastest method to begin a puzzle. Left without those, what could have otherwise been a simple assembling job can turn into an impossible but really fun task.

And we don’t say fun for nothing. One of the best things about these impossible puzzles that you can get at Puzzle Warehouse is that there are some hidden objects in the images that you can only discover if you complete the puzzle. How’s that for fun?

Impossible Jigsaw Puzzles

Are you up for a challenge? Even if it is an impossible one? Because Puzzle Warehouse has prepared for you some impossible jigsaw puzzles. And when I say impossible, i don’t mean one hundred thousand pieces impossible, I just mean impossible. Impossible to assemble and even impossible to conceive, these jigsaw puzzles will give you sleepless nights and make you doubt yourself and your puzzle making skills.

What defines these impossible challenges are their repeating colors, shapes and images. Whether you have to assemble a 500 pieces swarm of colored butterflies, a 1000 pieces artwork depicting dozens of clownfish or a 500 pieces herd of zebras, you should be aware of the difficulties that you will have to face. In the beginning, all the pieces will look the same and the only ones you will be able to distinguish are those that make up the borders of the puzzle. And if you think they will make the rest easy for you, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong about it.

Assembling such an image requires you to be fully focused on the task and a lot of concentration. It will take you ages, but in the meantime it will keep you entertained for hours. And the best thing about it is that, in order to work on it, you will have to give up, even if it’s only for a short moment, everything else in your life. No more worries will bother you during the intense time when you will be trying to figure out which piece goes where, which fish belongs where and what zebra has an ear like the one you’re holding in your hand.

Jigsaw Puzzle Assembling Tips

While assembling a jigsaw puzzle is usually enjoyable, sometimes you just feel like throwing everything away and giving up. Nobody said it was going to be easy and the more pieces you have, or the more complicated the image, the harder it will be to complete. There are, however, a few puzzle assembling tips you should be aware of before beginning that should make your life easier.

Most of the people choose to start assembling with the border and there’s a very good reason for that. The edge pieces are easier to distinguish and thus easier to assemble than the rest. Plus, they give you a very good starting point.

The next step, after you’ve finished with the border, is to try and group the remaining pieces into piles of the same color. The thing here is to try and separate some areas on the image that are distinct and easier to assemble and to group the pieces accordingly. If the jigsaw puzzle you’re working on is an animal head, for example, the eyes are a very good example of such an area. Once you’re done with the eyes, you can assemble the ears, the nose, and go on from there.

The hardest thing to do is to arrange the similar looking pieces. You can be left with some that are almost indistinguishable by color and you have to sort them by shapes. Even then, the last piece might not fit into the remaining hole. That can happen, as some of the pieces are very similar in shape and some are almost identical. Do not force them into their holes, but try to switch the pieces instead, until you find the right fit.

Always remember, the important thing is to have fun. Do you have any puzzle assembling tips of your own? If so, please share them in the comments!