Modern life is full of challenging puzzles: how to get your quid out of the supermarket trolley; how to open a child-proof lid when you're over 18; how to assemble flat packed furniture without tearing your hair out; the list goes on and on.
And yet, while most of the aforementioned everyday brainteasers are infuriating, most of us still can't get enough of puzzles. Maybe it's because solving a complex puzzle gives us a sense of satisfaction. Or perhaps it's because we like to appear more intelligent than our peers. It could even be that playing with a good old puzzle is tons of fun.
Magna definitely falls into the latter category, as it is one of the most entertaining and ingenious puzzles we've come across. The instructions alone are enough to give the finest puzzle-meister palpitations. But thankfully, once you start messing with Magna, you'll realise what a captivating load of rhombic hexahedrons it is.
Basically, Magna consists of 20 gorgeously crafted hardwood blocks that must be constructed back into the original shape of the puzzle. Each block is a perfectly formed slanted cube (or rhombic hexahedron). The twist is, the blocks contain magnets, one at each end. This means they can only be fitted together in certain ways.
If all this sounds confusing, it is! But trying to describe Magna is like trying to describe a colour you've never seen. And trying to put the flippin' thing together is even harder than that! Thankfully, this engagingly sculptural piece of magnetised trickery can be formed into countless other shapes, so it can also be used up as a complex building block set or executive plaything. Magna is a fantastic hour cruncher, and it's so incredibly enthralling you won't even hear annoying onlookers begging you to 'gizzago'. A guaranteed classic-in-the-making, this is truly Magna-ificent!
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