Saturday, May 23, 2015

Put your brain to the test with FlipStir

Maryam Z | 3:05 PM | | | |

Puzzles have come a long way since the late 1700's and it all began with a map mounted on a sheet of wood. By the 20th century, magazines and newspapers began using puzzles as a way to increase their readership and to this day, you'll find a puzzle in the paper. Over the years, puzzles have transformed and can be found everywhere. There's word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, mathematical puzzles and much much more!

Since childhood, I've been a huge fan of puzzles. I remember my mom used to have this 3D puzzle, before they became a big hit and I would spend hours putting it together. Until one day, the puzzle disappeared and it was never seen again. I recall hearing the puzzle was thrown away because it "got all over the place"... Which I can say that was not true! It was a beautiful castle to that stood a foot high and it had a beautiful landscape. I sure do miss that puzzle...

I do currently own a few puzzles like the standard cardboard ones from the dollar store and one 3D puzzle that I haven't completed yet. I spent a lot of time removing the scraps attached to each piece that came in the 3D puzzle... And it wasn't cheap either! So that was very upsetting for me. I do also have a newer puzzle that's different from any other puzzle that I've seen and that's the FlipStir.


Your probably wondering how this thing works, right? It's pretty simple, but it can be a bit challenging at the same time. You just follow three steps and the puzzle is complete; Shake, Stir and Solve. The puzzle I chose to review is the FlipStir Puzzle / Level 2 / Solar System. The difference between the level 1 and level 2 are the pieces. The level 1 puzzle pieces are straight and that makes the puzzle an easy solve. The level 2 puzzle pieces are wavy on the top and bottom of each piece making them a bit harder to do.

Once I removed the FlipStir from the box, I shook the pieces around making sure that they were mixed up really good. To be honest, it took me some time to figure out how to move the pieces around with the stick that's comes with the puzzle. After some time, I figured it out! It takes some getting used to and when your doing the puzzle, you have to stir the pieces around to get them moving and tilt as you go.


With this puzzle being a level 2, it's a bit more complex because the waves on each piece. You have to do a lot of stirring, tilting and flipping. I had to look at the box a few times to make sure that I had the pieces in the right spot, lol. After about a half hour or so, I finished the puzzle!


As you can see above, the puzzle is complete. You can also see the limited space in the container and I will let you know, this does not come apart! I tried seeing if the bottom or top would maybe unscrew, but no... It's sealed shut. I've done the puzzle a few times after and it started getting easier and easier for me. Like I said, it takes some getting used to. I had my oldest give the puzzle a try and he gave up. He said that it was to hard for him and doesn't want to bother with it... Kids! Every now and then, I'll catch my daughter trying to do the puzzle, but she puts it down as well. It is a fun puzzle and it's one that you have to have patients for.


Here's a little clip giving you an idea of how the puzzle works.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is puzzle gets a five star rating from me. It's fun, unique, challenging and it definitely gets your brain going! Plus, any puzzle that's complicating is worth it!


Looking for a challenge? Check out FlipStir!
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Disclaimer: Products were received for free and reviewed by me. I am honest about what I say and I will not say I like something when I do not. I mention products and/or services that I like for my readers. I am giving my opinion based on what I reviewed.

32 comments:

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! We really enjoy puzzles like these.

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  2. This looks like fun I am a bit of a puzzle geek,and love a good challenge.

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    1. It is a good challenge and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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  3. I love this kind of stuff. thanks for sharing.

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  4. And the frustration begins....lol.....I love stuff like this, especially cause when you start you don't want to give up, but obviously for kids it might be different, great way to pass some time though.

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    1. It is a great way to pass time, but sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, lol.

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  5. I know who this would be perfect for, my sister! She is always doing puzzles and I have never been good at any puzzle. I see that you have to be patient and keep at it with this puzzle, but I do not know if I would. But, it does look like fun and would be a challenge for me and my sister to try out!

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    1. Sounds like your sister would like this. It's one of those puzzles that keeps you occupied for a while and it's a fun challenge!

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  6. I used to love doing puzzles but it has been a long time. I need something like this one, nice and compact. Would make a great travel item.

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    1. It is a great travel item and I love that the pieces don't get all over the place like a regular puzzle.

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  7. Lots of good fun, great for a car trip.

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  8. That is a pretty unique puzzle and I bet it would keep the grandkids pretty busy :)

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  9. These are really neat I like a challenge and these seem like they would be challenging!

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    1. It is challenging, especially when you are doing the puzzle for the first time.

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  10. This looks pretty interesting! I went to their site and I really like the Statue of Liberty one. I have to say thoughh, that the last jigsaw puzzle I did put me off puzzles for a while. It was a perfectly round circle, all painted red. Not a word anywhere, except for a teeny trademark on ONE piece. A THOUSAND pieces. I was a glutton for punishment then - but these FlipStirs look like fun!

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    1. Oh my goodness! I would have gone insane if I did a puzzle like that! Especially if the kids got a hold of it and the pieces went missing. Did you finish the puzzle at all? If you did, how long did it take you to complete? The FlipStir puzzle is unique and it's not as complicating as the puzzle you have. It's great for travel, doesn't get all over the place and it is fun.

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  11. dont think my weak brain could handle that,,looks very frustrating

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    1. It can be frustrating, especially at first, but once you get the hang of it it's not so bad.

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  12. Oooh this is so cool! Looks like a great game to play when "bored" ;) keep them busy for hours!! I really want to try one!

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    1. It is a fun game! My kids don't get into it much, so it's more for me. It's fun to play! It's a bit confusing to do at first, but once you get the hand of it, you enjoy it more and more.

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  13. Interesting. I had to watch the video to see it in action. Looks like it would be fun and frustrating (in a good way).

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    1. It is a lot of fun and it never gets old no matter how many times you beat it.

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  14. This looks like an interestingly fun puzzle. I haven't done a puzzle in a long time. This might be fun to try.

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    1. It is fun to try. It keeps you busy and I love the challenge!

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  15. My brother was a whiz at Rubik's cube and I bet he'd get a kick out of this one.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. I never liked the rubik's cube... I could never figure the darn thing out, lol. If he gets into the cube, he'd get into the FlipStir.

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