Crazy Elephant Dance

Crazy Elephant Dance

Crazy Elephant Dance Samuel Farinas is a computer engineering graduate who loves puzzles as a hobby.  This version of the Crazy Elephant dance is his take on a puzzle originally designed by Markus Götz.  Samuel created this version via 3D printing to demonstrate this amazing puzzle to others.  The goal is to remove all 7 elephants from the base.  The arrow on the slider indicates the direction the elephants should eventually exit along.  It’s deceptively simple: remove the elephants from the trace.  Alas, there are rules preventing the long-nosed animals’ escape.1.  They can only be rotated in one spot.  2.  They can be in one of 3 positions: Pointing up, to the right, or down.3.  They must point down to pass under the gate.  Believe it or not, these 3 simple rules make this puzzle take 367 moves to solve and can easily lead to dead ends!  Good luck and enjoy this tantalizing puzzle! A special thanks to the family of Markus Götz, who has kindly given Samuel permission to use his puzzle design.  Markus was a puzzle inventor and designer and manufacturer of multiple types of puzzles.

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go in to one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to constantly re-evaluate their decisions, and teaches patience with the process as it is an integral part of the game.

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