Multifaceted mind mangler
Multifaceted mind mangler
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If you like biting your fist in frustration, nibbling your nails in exasperation and slapping your forehead in eureka-style celebration, you're going to love K-Dron. Why? Because it's one of the most infuriatingly addictive little brain-teasers ever to grace our pages. You'll be hooked in seconds.
Without getting too technical, K-Drons are complex shapes discovered by Polish visionary Janusz Kapusta (no, us neither) and they form the basis of this brilliant take-anywhere puzzle. The idea is to fiddle with the K-Dron pieces (four black and four white) and reproduce the various patterns shown in the accompanying booklet.
That can't be right..?
It sounds pretty straightforward but it's not. In fact there are 38,416 possible combinations with just eight K-Drons. And once you get up close and personal with a K-Dron you'll understand why. Each of these strange polyhedrons has eleven multifaceted sides and a diamond-shaped face with a 45° angle of inclination. This means K-Drons are symmetrical and asymmetrical, concave and convex. Confused? So are we and we just wrote that.
The K-Dron booklet contains three colour-coded difficulty levels: green for easy, yellow for intermediate and orange for aargh my brain is melting. On the off-chance you ever tire of shape-shifting you can even play a special form of mini chess using the spectacularly versatile K-Dron pieces. Who'd have thought a few funny shapes could be so ludicrously entertaining!
If you're reading this and wondering why we're harping on about such an ostensibly simple little puzzle, consider this: K-Dron costs less than two pints of wallop; it doesn't bleep, flash or deliver an electric shock, and it's barely bigger than a packet of ciggies. And yet every single gadgetmeister here at Firebox HQ is fiddling with theirs as we speak. *Oi, get back to work you lot!* As for you lot, we strongly recommend you get ordering before the whole world goes K-Dron crazy.
38,416 possible combinations!
- Recommended for ages 7 years and older
- 38,416 possibilities!
- 3 different difficulty levels
- The pieces can also be used for as a mini chess set
- 8x K-dron pieces
- 1x Instruction Booklet
- 1x Set of Patterns to be recreated
- 1x K-Chess Instruction Booklet
- Box measures approximately: 6.6cm (L) x 6.6cm (H) x 3.7cm (D)
Well, nobody else seems to like this puzzle... but I most certainly do! My dad is the biggest puzzle enthusiast that I know, and each year for his birthday and christmas, me and my mum try to find him the hardest puzzle that we can. So a couple of years ago we bought him this. It looks clean and modern, and let's just say... he couldn't do it very easily, so he sneaked it away... never to be seen again! Just about says it all. Although it is quite small, not very much for your money, but still brill.
Pen, Sheffield - 17th October 2011
Trite. You might think this is a challenging 3D assembly puzzle, but no, it is so trivial it wouldn't hold the attention of even a child for long. Basically there are 4 cubes with a black/white mosaic on each face. You have to rotate each cube to match a given pattern. That's all there is to it. Waste of money.
Jon D, UK - 5th December 2010
Forget about 1, 000s of combinations, basically there are 2. You either put a black and white one together of you put two same colour pieces together. All you then do is rotate these until you get the shape you're after. For anyone looking for a challenging puzzle, look somewhere else.
Mark, Petersfield - 30th November 2009
This puzzle is quite fun, but nothing like as 'clever' or unique as it sounds from the product description. I would recommend it only for people who are *not* puzzle enthusiasts, because it's just too easy otherwise.
Peter, Paisley - 25th August 2009
The item is of poor quality. Not well made at all, has blemishes all over.
If it wasn't for the £5 off voucher I would feel really cheesed off at having to spend £6. 95 + the delivery. Not even worth £3.
Jez Hoffman, London - 9th April 2009
Was actually quite disappointed with this product and it's not at all as hyped up to what it is described as. Not challenging at all, just rearrange the pieces very simply and solve all difficulty levels in a matter of minutes!! Not really what you call hours of fun.
Mo, London - 8th February 2009