The Magic Puzzle Company – The Mystic Maze [Review]

A child-like imagination is best imagination.

Location:  at home

Date Played: December 25, 2020

Team size: we recommend 1-4

Duration: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Price: about $20

REA Reaction

I’m having a hard time remembering a jigsaw puzzle that I enjoyed more than The Mystic Maze. There’s no snark in these words, I genuinely love jigsaw puzzles.

Box art for The Magic Puzzle Company's The Mystic Maze 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

1,000 pieces can sometimes feel like a slog, and in this instance, that was never the case. The level of detail and variety in The Mystic Maze kept every moment of this puzzling experience fresh from beginning to end… and then again to its second ending.

What I loved most here wasn’t the undeniably high quality of the components or even the magical twist (which was cool); it was the character of this puzzle. I loved the imaginative child that populated each frame with impossible worlds of triumph, excitement, fear, and loss. For me, the best jigsaw puzzles present a highly detailed, emotionally impactful image, and then allow you to experience that world one bit at a time. It’s a special way to take in art, and that was the true magic of The Mystic Maze.

Puzzle closeup of the Mystic Maze

Series Overview

This review only covers details specific to this individual Magic Puzzle Company jigsaw puzzle.

For a detailed explanation of the concept and mechanics, and a general analysis of the entire product line, check out The Magic Puzzle Company Overview.

Puzzle closeup of segments of the Mystic Maze.

Analysis

➕ The art was – in my not so humble opinion – absolutely perfect for a jigsaw puzzle. The colors, details, emotional resonance… I loved it.

➕ There was a warmth and playfulness to The Mystic Maze that sucked us in. We didn’t want to stop puzzling.

➕ The magical twist was nifty and added some intrigue to the solve without adding tons of labor.

➕ Whether it was the design or how enamored we were with it, we solved The Mystic Maze much faster than we’ve solved any other 1,000 piece puzzle.

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