Recently, our family was able to review a quite unusual product! Enlivenze LLC has created a puzzle line called FlipStir Puzzles. They are most unique and amazing–I’ve never worked a puzzle quite like this! We received the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle to review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
What are FlipStir Puzzles?
FlipStir Puzzles from Enlivenze LLC are puzzle games enclosed in a see-through plastic canister. The canister has a plastic base (so that it can stand up) and a top, with all the puzzle pieces and a metal “wand” inside. The puzzle pieces are all jumbled up when you get them, and you use the wand to put all the puzzle pieces in order without taking off the top. In fact, you can’t take off the top! You have to solve the puzzle with and only with the wand.
The FlipStir Puzzles come in Level 1 and Level 2, increasing in difficulty, and are recommended for ages 7 and up. FlipStir Puzzles are available in various types: Rainbow Pencils, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Solar System, and Statue of Liberty. (And one more that I’ll mention at the end of this review!)
Yes, we received the FlipStir Statue of Liberty puzzle! This puzzle is categorized as Level 2 in difficulty. It has 10 puzzle pieces inside the enclosed canister, and the box it comes in has a photo of the completed puzzle so you know what it should look like when you’re finished. (Just in case anyone doesn’t remember what the Statue of Liberty looks like!) There are two puzzle pieces with one flat side and one curved; all the other 8 pieces are curved on both sides. Our job was to fit the puzzle pieces together so that we could see the finished Statue.
Our FlipStir Puzzle box has the following motto: Shake. Stir. Solve. That’s exactly how you work this puzzle! You can see in the picture above, my son Jackson is holding the FlipStir canister with the puzzle pieces all jumbled up; they’ve been shaken and stirred so that there is no order. You can’t really tell yet that it’s going to become the Statue of Liberty when solved.
The metal wand running down the center of the canister has a small hook on its end. With that hook, players capture different puzzle pieces and rearrange them until they’re in order.
So how did that work for us? All three of my family members worked on our FlipStir Puzzle on and off. It is not that simple or easy….yet really, it is doable by both children and adults. Jackson worked on it first. I worked on it next. Each of us was able to put different pieces in order. But it was my IT expert husband, Jackson’s dad, who solved the whole puzzle. Ta-da!
Hubs thought it was “fun and relatively easy; (he) didn’t think it was relatively complex once (he) figured out what needed to be done.” I thought it was more difficult than he did though! I have to admit that I solve puzzles more easily in 2D apparently than 3D; I can see what needs to happen in a flat puzzle better than I can in a three-dimensional puzzle. Jackson is more like his dad in his abilities though. He has loved interlocking building toys for years and builds them all the time, so I think he found it more similar to puzzles he’s used to solving.
Some great things about FlipStir Puzzles:
- They’re a great mental challenge
- They are really family-friendly—anyone from children to grandparents can successfully play
- You never lose a puzzle piece
- The pictures are interesting and colorful
- Because they’re self-contained, the puzzles are easy to take on car trips or anywhere else, really
- They are easy to store and don’t take up a lot of room
You may purchase the Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle at Enlivenze LLC. The 4 different puzzle styles I mentioned above are all available there. Plus (squee!!) Enlivenze LLC also sells a limited edition Periodic Table of the Elements FlipStir puzzle! (I think that’s going to have to be a future purchase for us! We LOVE the periodic table!)
If you love educational games or puzzles, you must check out FlipStir. Unique, fun, challenging puzzle-solving fun!
You can visit the company’s social media sites for more information!