Fold

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Over the last couple of months I have been reviewing some of the latest puzzles from the inventor Ivan Moscovich, manufactured by Fat Brain Toys. Today, I present you the last in this series of puzzles, simply called Fold, which will leave any origami wiz puzzled.

Fold, like Craniatics, is a collection of ten brainteasers in which you need to - you guessed it - fold them into various shapes to achieve the desired solution. Most puzzles offer multiple challenges, so in reality you get much more than just ten brainteasers. The puzzles are also conveniently stored in a folder (see photo below left), as to prevent missing pieces.

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Since the puzzles are made to be constantly folded, it's safe to assume that there'll be some wear and tear after several uses. Although the folding puts a bit of strain to the material, I found it can withstand much more than you'd think. This is because the puzzles are manufactured in heavy-duty laminated paper, so no need to worry. You do have to be careful when folding a particular puzzle more than three times, though. If you feel that the puzzle might tear, don't force it and try to find a better solution.

As I did for the Craniatics review, I will describe only a few of the puzzles to give you an idea of what to expect, and I leave the rest for you to discover on your own.

FlexyTwist

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This puzzle requites you to fold the square into 12 different shapes. You can fold the parts into different directions and even flip them. Solving the first shape is quite hard, but as you get the hang of it, the others will come more naturally.

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Mysterious Morphing Magic Square

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This was one of my favorites from this collection. You have a frame full of horizontal and vertical strips, and your task is to weave them into one of three possible images by intertwining the strips: the Moon, the Sun and a Magic Square. The first two are fairly easy to accomplish, but the magic square is a tad bit harder.

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Lotus of the Heart

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This one is similar to the above puzzle. You have an hexagon with 18 strips and the object is to weave them into one of the possible four stars. Note: I found it rather difficult to photograph the puzzle after folding it to the desired shape, because it just wouldn't stay in place. A bit of adhesive tape solved the problem.

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Three Squares

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In this puzzle, you have three squares with four different colors. The goal is to fold it into a square as to show a solid color on both sides. This one was also a bit tricky to solve. I had to resort to the adhesive tape as well to hold it in place for the photo.

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Closing Comments:

Fold has a variety of difficulty levels and the challenges themselves are also very original, which will sure captivate any curious mind. I like that all the puzzles have a wide color palette, offering a fest to the eyes. There's something here for everyone.

Availability: You can find the Fold puzzle collection at Fat Brain Toys for just $13 USD.


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