For our third adventure into The Magic Puzzle Company’s unusual jigsaw puzzles we assembled The Sunny City. This installment had a more muted, mature vibe without the overt playfulness of The Mystic Maze and The Happy Isles. This puzzle felt like it was designed with someone else in mind, and I say that not as judgment, but as a compliment.
Setting aside aesthetics, The Sunny City felt similar to The Happy Isles. Daunting at first glance, these puzzles were cleverly designed such that little details throughout the puzzle made these seemingly similar sections far more approachable than they’d initially appeared… and for me that continued to feel more magical than the actual magical transformations offered by these jigsaw puzzles.
Of the original three puzzles, while this one didn’t speak to me on an emotional level, I can easily imagine folks who would greatly prefer this over the others. Regardless of my sensibilities, I genuinely enjoyed puzzling through The Sunny City. I hope that we see more from The Magic Puzzle Company; I think they are onto something.
In addition to all of the things that The Magic Puzzle company has done right, they achieved something extra in The Happy Isles. The art was intimidating from a jigsaw puzzling standpoint, but the way it was drawn made it feel subtly solvable. Little details gave away so much information. It was brilliant.
I highly recommend The Happy Isles. That said, I’d encourage you to solve The Mystic Maze first. They do similarly brilliant things, but I feel confident that The Mystic Maze is the stronger starting place.
When you’re finished with The Mystic Maze, have The Happy Isles waiting for you. Solve them both. They’re great.
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.
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.
I’m loving what The Magic Puzzle Company is doing. As an avid jigsaw puzzler, I am always on the lookout for puzzles that do a little more than simply ask me to assemble the picture. It’s a difficult challenge and we’ve seen mixed execution.
The Magic Puzzle Company has happened upon something that is really clever and elegant. Nothing in this review will spoil what that is, beyond telling you this:
It’s cool, deliberate, and unique… but it isn’t going to completely melt your brain. We spent a lot of time as we assembled our first Magic Puzzle speculating and fantasizing about what might happen, and it was truly cool, but don’t let hype bring down the moment.
Of the available products from The Magic Puzzle Company, I’d rank them in the following order: