Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oginov Review

The problem with most puzzles is that when you finish them once it’s game over. You spend time furiously trying to find the solution and either solve it, give up, or cheat and view a YouTube guide. After that point all that’s left to do generally is show someone else how to do it and then leave the puzzle to gather dust. That’s why I liked the Bedlam puzzle so much, as it had multiple solutions, although the problem with that was it was very hard to tell if the solution you found was new or the same as last time. Ogniov attempts to fix this by having multiple solutions, with guidelines on completion that you set.



Oginov is a ‘tumbling pyramids puzzle’ which takes place inside a clear plastic ball. You open the ball in half, place five pyramid shaped pieces inside and shake them around to get started. As there’s five pieces they almost form a complete square, which leaves one slot that you can rotate a piece in to. Doing this you can move the pieces around by tilting the ball 90 degrees, and slide them in the desired completion state. It’s the same as those flat puzzles where you slide pieces to win, except this time with the disorientation of 3D space.

I’ve got to admit that I didn’t take to the idea as quickly as with a Rubix Cube, or flat sliding panels puzzle. Although that’s potentially because this set contains two ‘easy’ puzzles, with a further four puzzles planned to be released later that increase in difficulty. For those who do struggle with these 1st stage puzzles, a solution is included in the box so you can understand how to solve it.

The two puzzles included in the box are as follows:
Level 1 – You must line the dots so that all the same numbers are in one place. So all ones, two’s, three’s and fours are shown on a single side. Having multiple possible solutions lets you easily understand the concept and get used to switching round the pieces. It’s the equivalent of solving one side of a Rubik cube. Easy, but not quite complete.

Level 2 – Here there are two colours which need to be rotated round to find a colour combination (e.g. get all the reds in the middle, all the blues or a 50% mix). It’s up to you, but harder than level one as the pieces are a mixture of both colours, so it’s harder to tell what you get as you rotate them round.

 
Having completed levels one and two multiple ways I’m keen to see how later levels advance the concept further as I think they’ll offer more of a challenge and replay value. This edition of Oginov struggles as it’s an entry level set designed to lead on to more things. Yes it’s a neat simple puzzle and the multiple solutions do help make things interesting, but if you want a heavy challenge it may be best to wait for puzzle sets B and C.

Provided by Drumond Park

1 comment:

  1. It appears that the Oginov is not as popular as the Inzane Cones and Supercubedron ( as seen on YouTube ) It is a gravity gadget, where the user has no means to reach inside and arrange the parts. The Inzane Cones puzle is far more sophisticated yet simpler and much more user friendly. It is slated for mass production in 2013 and beyond.

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