Shrinking Soma

Shrinking Soma

Shrinking Soma This interesting puzzle was designed by Dr. Volker Latussek, and as it’s name suggests, you will find that at first glance, there appears there is not enough pieces to fill the box!  That is because this is not your traditional packing puzzle, but rather an anti-slide puzzle where the aim is to place all the pieces in the box so that the entry to the box (4×4) is filled and held up by a pile of the other pieces.   However this isn’t the entire story… the solution is only complete when the construction that you have made is completely stable and will not slide at all. Once you have created your potential solution then shake the box vigorously in all directions to see if any pieces can move. If they can then you’ve failed. A difficult puzzle designed to challenge even the spatially gifted… This puzzle was crafted in Europe with absolutely fantastic quality. Each of the puzzles of Pelikan design are unparalleled in their class! Every piece of the puzzle is precisely cut and very well made;  you cannot find its equal anywhere else.The diversity in wood makes each puzzle a unique masterpiece. Made in a combination of beautifully contrasting Pear and Wenge woods.

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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