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Perplexus Game Comparisons

Having won over a dozen awards in the toy industry, its no wonder that Perplexus is a great maze game for both adults and kids. Here is a list of their products, ranging from relatively easy to insanely difficult.

Perplexus Original

Perplexus original
This is the first and original perplexus maze game. It has a difficulty rating of 6 (from 1 to 10). With 100 barriers, this maze ball provides hours of fun and perplexity.

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Perplexus Rookie

Perplexus Rookie
If you are completely new to maze balls, then the Perplexus Rookie introduces you to the world of Perplexus. With this relatively easy puzzle game, you can hon your skills and sharpen your senses as you bend, turn, and twist your way around the 100 barriers. But beware, after you beat this game, you will want to get the more challenging puzzle balls. Difficulty level is 6.

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Perplexus Twist

Perplexus Twist
As the name suggests, the Perplexus Twist puts a new “twist” to the line of perplexus games. There are traps, cliffhangers, and dead ends. The only way to move on is by twisting and realigning the tracks inside the ball. This adds even more fun to the maze ball game. Difficulty level is at a 7, and it has 30 barriers.

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Perplexus Warp

Perplexus Warp
The newest addition to the Perplexus family. This game is a bit different than the others. First off, it is not a sphere, but warped. There is also a slider that you have to move in order to advance the marble, which adds another component to the fun. Overall, this game is a bit easier than the original, but more difficult than the rookie.

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Perplexus Epic

Perplexus EpicThis is the hardest of them all. If you love puzzle games that really challenge your hand-eye coordination, this is a must have! I’ve spent hours on this game, and have not beat it. It can be frustrating at times, but I like the option of difficulty in the two separate starting positions. You can start at an easier level, or an “epic” level. Difficulty is 8, but can be harder if you start at “epic.” There are 125 barriers total.

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Perplexus Combo pack

Perplexus Combo

For those of you who really love these type of games (I’m included here), rather than buying them one by one, you get them all in this combo pack.

There are a few bonuses added in as well, so check it out.

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Bonus: Perplexus Star Wars

Perplexus Star Wars
Star Wars fans: look no further. This Perplexus maze ball shaped as the Death Star is as amazing to look at as it is fun to play. As you navigate the X-wing Starfighter through the Death Star’s treacherous tunnels and precarious pathways, you’ll be surprised with the bonus lights and sounds.

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Bonus 2: Perplexus Giant

Perplexus has outdone themselves with this giant (and it really is giant) maze ball. If you’ve got extra cash and can’t get enough of the perplexus games, you can buy this to show off to all your friends. It even looks good as a decoration piece in the house!

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How to Fix the Perplexus Epic Puzzle Game

The Perplexus Epic puzzle game is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my kids. Not only is it challenging, but it provides hours of entertainment.

However, the game got dropped and broke! Just like that.

Since I was not present when this happened, my suspicion is that the puzzle ball was thrown like a basketball. It landed wrong and one of the moving parts inside shifted out of place.

Luckily, I found a video on youtube that details how to fix this problem. If this has happened to you, check the video out. I hope it helps you as it did me.

The Benefits of Puzzle Games

Puzzle games are a great addition to a family’s game collection. I love puzzle-type games because they are fun, challenging, and educational, all at the same time. Sometimes they can be frustrating, but that is not necessarily bad. Here, I would like to share why puzzle games are great for both you and your child.

The puzzle game, as the name implies, is a type of game that requires putting together pieces to form a whole. Other types of games that are similar include maze games, board games, and social games. All of these games are considered entertainment, either for solo play, or social play. Math, logic, pictures, shapes, and words are commonly involved in these games. So it goes without saying that these skills will be developed when engaging in such games.

As a father of two boys, I am constantly looking for ways to help me kids develop better skills, all while having fun doing it. For example, when my first son was only 2 years old, I played jigsaw puzzles with him. With time and practice, I could see how doing the puzzles helped my son develop his motor skills and intellect. He also talked about the puzzles and the pictures, which helped with his social skills. As he grew older, I introduced new and challenging puzzle games for him. One such game is the Perplexus Epic maze ball, which I will go into detail in another post.

I have found that there are basic skills that games help develop in kids:

  1. Physical skills – holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit. Hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills for large objects, and fine motor skills for small objects.
  2. Cognitive skills – problem solving to piece together the puzzle.  These include shape recognition, memory, problem-solving, and understanding the surrounding world.
  3. Emotional skills – they learn to deal with frustration and develop patience, and are rewarded after completion of the puzzle. Kids learn about setting goals as well.
  4. Social skills – their social skills are developed when they are playing interactive-styled games. They learn to communicate what they are seeing and doing, and some games even help develop teamwork.

These skills not only help your child, but the adult as well. I have found that when I play games with my kids, I develop a lot of patience. At the beginning, I would get frustrated with them and expected them to learn things faster. But I learned to remain calm and to help them with the puzzles, being careful to make it more of a game rather than a chore. Some puzzles were a little challenging at first, but quickly became boring. Certain games, such as the Perplexus puzzle ball, are challenging even for adults. Having fun challenges on a regular basis helps both me and my child to develop in many ways, as described earlier.

Some benefits for adults include:

  • relieves stress
  • delay memory-relate diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • become more productive at work
  • if playing social games – meet new people or get to know people better

Lastly, I find that playing puzzle games on a tablet is not the same as having an actual physical puzzle. Many of the skills are not developed as fully as is possible with actual objects. I noticed this with my son, especially with puzzle games. He would be able to do puzzles on his iPad really fast, but struggle with real puzzle pieces. But with more time spent on physical puzzles, his fine motor skills caught up, and he was able to complete the games in about the same time.

Puzzle games are both fun and challenging. They provide hours of fun for both kids and adults. If you do not regularly play puzzle games, I hope this post inspires you to start today!