Plexus Puzzles


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DoraMedievalSuper Puzzle Powers... activate! Form of... a falcon!... No, wait, wait. That's not it. Hang on. Falcons can't use jigsaw puzzles! Their claws can't move the pieces properly, and they're forever getting distracted by fighting over a freshly caught rabbit. So if you're a falcon, or a rabbit, freshly caught or otherwise, this probably isn't the entry for you. But if you love puzzles? Oh. Oh-ho. Oh-ho-ho, have we got a treat for you, dear reader. Recently, we brought you a puzzle from the fine folks at SmartKit and Plexus, and you proclaimed it quite tasty indeed. Well, friend, it's time to warm up your puzzle muscles, because we're back with more:

Unlike standard puzzles, the pictures here are cut out at odd angles and make complex shapes, so figuring out what goes where is a much more difficult affair. Left-click and drag the pieces around the board, using the [arrow] keys to rotate them. Unfortunately, it's missing the key to pound on the pieces with the heel of your palm to make them fit. Maybe future editions will include a mini-game where you get to hunt around underneath the couch for a missing piece while the cat attacks your feet.

Analysis: While you can go a long time without making a connection when you first start playing, once you do fit your first pieces together the rest can swiftly follow. Pay attention to the edges of the images rather than the images themselves, and be on the look out for odd angles. The bigger and more distinctive a piece is, the easier it is to find a mate for it, and once you've fit a few together you'll start recognizing the shapes they form around them. Well, that or you'll swear off puzzles forever and retire to a puzzle monastery where you'll take a vow of puzzle abstinence. Definitely one of the two, anyway. Just remember. Breathe, and rotate.

What's disappointing is that you're not actually assembling a scene here. You're just fitting images with a common theme together, making a collage. Unless people performing waterboard sports on the back of a pool table is a hip, new thing we're unaware of, this puzzle logic does not resemble our Earth logic. But if it's challenge you want, this actually works in its favour if you don't mind the chaotic imagery. It takes what would otherwise be a five-minute puzzle and adds a new level of difficulty to it. You'll either like it, or have to go lay down for awhile after fifteen minutes because of the eyestrain from your furious, searching stare.

If you're looking for something you can take your time with and while away an afternoon on, Plexus puzzles are easy fun for all ages. It's a good reminder that just because you can camp spawn some newbies with the best of them doesn't mean you can't get your butt kicked by a good, old-fashioned brain bender.

Play Medieval

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23 Comments

kuzichan Author Profile Page July 14, 2009 7:05 PM

For the Medieval version:

Medieval screenshot

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dahuuuuuudge July 14, 2009 7:05 PM

I just did summertime the other day, and it took me forever!

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Brandon July 14, 2009 7:11 PM

So the first two pieces I fit together were the centurion pointing his sword at the knight's...codpiece.

You can't unremember that.

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I -love- these puzzles. I wish there were weekly editions or something.

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JC Lisbon July 14, 2009 7:22 PM

These are wonderful, but I have found one flaw. It's technically possible to move a piece all the way to the edge of the playing field and then rotate it out of existence. I can't imagine this would happen unless you're trying to do so, but still, it could totally ruin the game if it does happen. Otherwise, these get two oversized thumbs up from me.

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Walkthrough:

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Yay! Want more! :-)

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Yes! I solved Medieval without any help! AWESOMESAUCE! Now to try the next one...

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Huh. I guess this kind of puzzle gets easier the more you do them. The Athletic one only took me about ten minutes.

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OrigamiMarie Author Profile Page July 14, 2009 10:56 PM

There is one other glitch. If you are not assembling it in exactly the right orientation, some of the pieces won't click together (even if they are lined up with each other). Cute game though.

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This one proves to be much harder than it seems. Fun, tohugh, as mentioned above me, I have a suspicion that i found two matching piesces but they just don't want to stick together...

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Of, almost forgot: spent the first five minutes trying to rotate all the pieces to "normal" orientation, the guys facing upwards - they had t realize it was time wasted :)))

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Beat Medieval and Athletics with no outside help. Would've done the same for Summertime if not for the proper-orientation glitch.

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Catt312 Author Profile Page July 15, 2009 7:13 AM

Beat all, no help, not too long.
A fun diversion.
And also still a bit of a challenge if you go back a little while later. :)

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Rinson Drei July 15, 2009 11:26 AM

It's fun to see these as Flash games. We have a small, 40-year-old box with four of these, including the Athletics. My daughter has spent hours on the floor with them. Now she'll spend hours on the computer!

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These are great. I already did Summertime before and enjoyed the two additional puzzles as well. Athletics came really easy to me for some reason. Thanks!

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Kathyhoops July 15, 2009 2:38 PM

I am not entirely sure what a banana-eating gorrila has to do with medieval times, maybe they had a bit of space left that would only fit "jungle" leftovers, including a parrot.

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wardrich Author Profile Page July 15, 2009 2:39 PM

This last puzzle is taking me forever (mainly b/c the last screenshot won't load). I've been working on it for almost an hour... but I've got it almost done. I'll post up a screener of the answer when I've got it done.

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wardrich Author Profile Page July 15, 2009 2:57 PM

As promised - Summertime Solution:

http://i29.tinypic.com/9pyp0g.gif

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Got 'em all on my own!

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just spent about an hour on medieval before i realized you could rotate lol

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"just spent about an hour on medieval before i realized you could rotate lol" - JIGuest

Me too. Facepalms ensued.

Medieval was quite tough, as

The puzzle was actually two small rectangles that linked together.

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The link appears to be broken...

[Fixed. Thanks for the note. -Jay]

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