PUZZLE LINKS

 

Info about puzzles, brainteasers, mazes and educational toys



Please note that the right website is not smartgames.COM, but smartgames.EU


Official B2B website of Smart nv/sa. They are not only making SmartGames, but also other great quality toys and games like SmartMax (magnetic building toys), SmartFrames (beads and wires) and project GIPF (strategic board games).


Incomplete list of distributors of SmartGames around the world. Please contact them instead of me if you lost a puzzle piece or when you are looking for commercial information.


Always a good starting point:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessellation


Robs Puzzle page”: one of the best overviews of old and new puzzles that I found on the web. To be sure you don’t miss anything, use the links to different classes of mechanical puzzles at the bottom of each page.


Geduldspiele”: another great overview of different puzzles.The gallery includes about 1,400 puzzles. Many of the puzzles shown are designed by German Puzzle designers like Silvia Heinz Matthes, Markus Goetz and Jean Claude Constantin.


Gabriel Fernandes” puzzle collection, an eclectic take on the fantastic world of mechanical puzzles, viewed from a collector’s point of view:

blog by Gabriel Fernandes with in depth reviews of puzzle games and brainteasers


"Weblog of recreational mathematics" by Ed Pegg Jr: http://mathpuzzle.com/




The best iPhone, iPad puzzle apps and mechanical puzzles:

blog by Tom Cutrofello.


The best iPhone and iPad games for logic puzzles enthusiasts:

blog by Nicola Salmoria


Game reviews and news (French):

http://trictrac.net



Game reviews and news (puzzles fall unfortunately outside the scope of BGG):

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/



Oskar van Deventer (inventor of the SmartGame “Anti-Virus):

http://www.youtube.com/user/OskarPuzzle

http://oskarvandeventer.nl/


Games old and new — the history, the products, the companies and the people involved with board games, card games, skill & action games and parlor games.



What is a Puzzle?” Great article by Scott Kim.



Online version of  “The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections by Stewart T. Coffin": http://www.johnrausch.com/PuzzlingWorld/contents.htm



“Passion for Puzzles”: Puzzle collection of Marcel Van Leeuwen and huge Puzzle Weblog with over a eighteen hundred puzzle related weblog entries.



Mazes and labyrinths:

http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth/algrithm.htm



The Puzzle Museum :home to the World's finest collection of Mechanical Puzzles





Free online games and puzzles


www.smartgameslive.com: here you can try out a lot of SmartGames in a digital version. With 1400 challenges and  regular updates and new games.



Puzzlebeast.com: A collection of computer generated puzzles.







ClickMazes by Andrea Gilbert: Lots of unique interactive puzzles and mazes found here.



Puzzles.com: This site is about Tricky and Clever Puzzles, Baffling and Perplexing Illusions, Unbelievable and Incredible Tricks, Fascinating and Cognitive Toys, and many-many other Puzzle related things.



Other interesting links


Atelier Oker: ceramics (bowls, mugs, cups, etc) designed and handmade by my wife Jeannine Vrins in our  little studio. You can buy some of these items in her webshop on Etsy. They make great Christmas gifts, if you are looking for something more personal and unique than what you can find in regular shops.


Website of Vi Hart,  a recreational mathmusician. If you don’t have any idea what that is, just check out one of the most inspiring sites I found lately, (especially the videos about math).