I have time for one last review before I pack my bags and head off on my honeymoon (one year delayed). This time I’m back for another Vinco, in his mass produced line, Triangel. A clever packing puzzle that really seems to mess with my head. I picked this one up from Puzzle Master” a long time ago.
So before you go correcting my spelling, the puzzle isn’t called Triangle, it’s Triangel. I didn’t name it! It’s a 9 piece packing puzzle, where the pieces are not nice cubic pieces, but have been cut at some interesting 45 degree angles with all sorts of shapes created. The tray is fairly basic, made from some Baltic Birch ply, with some assorted hardwoods used for the pieces. The puzzle measures 4.25″ x 3″ x 2.4″ at the peak.
With only nine pieces, you’d think this wasn’t too challenging. Vinco lists it as 4/5 so fairly tricky. For me I found that the shape of the pieces really challenged me. Having done a lot of packing problems, working with square pieces, I seem to have learned how to tackle them. With these triangular pieces, even finding a good starting point was a challenge. While the end result of a 45 degree triangle is obvious, stacking the pieces to get there seems anything but obvious.
I really enjoyed this puzzle, and it was certainly unlike many of the packing puzzles I’ve played with. A good challenge, and certainly solvable with a little thinking and some time understanding the interactions of the pieces. Go ahead and pick up a copy, you’ll not regret it. Oh, and if this is too easy, Vinco has a harder version that’s a little larger!