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Puzzillusions [Paperback]

Archimedes' Laboratory

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2 April 2007
Do you like solving puzzles? Are you intrigued by optical illusions? Have you ever wondered what a mixture of those two would be like? Well wonder no further, because Carlton Books bring you the highly original "Puzzillusions" - a beautiful book filled with puzzle/illusion hybrids. The illusions are not just there to be admired, they are there to solve! There are hidden mazes, impossible figures, spot-the-differences and many more types of popular puzzle. There are original puzzles too, like the spatial awareness and volume teasers that look simply impossible - every puzzle has an answer however.

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Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber are co-founders of Archimedes' Laboratory, an Italian-based training and consulting network of game designers that specializes in developing creativity. They invent, create and develop interactive thinking games and optical illusions. Archimedes' Laboratory also creates original educational materials involving colours and shapes.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Trick me once,shame on you;trick me twice,shame on me!!!" 20 July 2008
By J. Guild - Published on
When I bought this book,I thought I had found a real treasure.Puzzles and Optical Illusions have captivated me since my youth. This book offers to combine these two ideas into one puzzle ---Wow!,no wonder it got my attention.
However,my enthusiasm soon waned and disappointment set in. This book is anything but what it proposes to be. "all-original puzzle/illusion hybrids"
I suggest you read my review of "Dazzling Optical Illusions" by the same authors dated June 28,2005;and you will see why I was unenthused by that book, and for the very same reasons, why I was even more disappointed with this one. Everything I mentioned in that review is repeated ,even more blatently again.

The only reason I gave "Puzzillusions" 3* is ,it would fall into that category if it were the first and only book one were to obtain on such Puzzles and Optical Illusions---but there are many others from which to choose.
Again, the physical quality of ,paper,printing,color rendition and overall construction are excellent;but it is simply a rehash of old material;with at best, just new presentation.
The publication date of my copy is the same as the one shown here;however the image on mine is the same as the disc on page 31.The image on the copy shown here doesn't even appear in my book.
In my review of June 28,2005 I mentioned the rehash of Sam Loyd's Disappearing Chinamen.Well,it is rehashed again in this book as Tangram magic on page 58.The puzzles on pages 93,137,25 and others are identical.
So;if you come across this book;be forwarned.Although it appears pretty good as a book on Puzzles and Optical Illusions;most are one or the other,not hybrids;and as far as being new or original;most fit that description only in the way they are adapted or presented.
Also once again ,telling the purchaser to make their own cutouts ,rather than doing as I suggested in my other review----still applies to this book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing quality 25 Dec 2012
By David Patterson - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A nice idea, could have be glorious, but in the end the quality was not inspiring. Bought it because the authors' web site said a particular image was included. It wasn't. Relegated to a far bleak corner of the bookshelf.
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