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28 Challenging Puzzles That Are Anything But Basic

Ready for a challenge?

1. Roundominoes

2. 4D Cityscape Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle

3. Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge

4. Clemens Habicht Colour Puzzles

The most gorgeously difficult puzzle you'll ever attempt to construct.

Price: $30 (for the 100 piece puzzle) or $40 (for the 1000 piece puzzle)

5. Inside³ Labyrinth Puzzle Cubes

Your task is to guide a metal ball through seven layers of mazes: mazes that you can't actually see the ball rolling through. There are five different versions of these patience-testing cubes: Easy, Mean, Awful, Vicious, and Mortal. You may be cocky enough to think you could beat the Vicious version, but it would *probably* be best to start with Easy and work your way up.

Price: $27.89

Upload a photo or drawing and have it turned into an intricate puzzle made using a laser cutter. You also get to choose the shape (circle, square, or octagon) and add in several special "whimsie" pieces (like the leaves or the astronauts you see in the puzzles above).

Price: $30+

7. Geometric Fractal Puzzles

Like Tinker Toys, these puzzles are made up of an array of seeds and rods. *Unlike* Tinker Toys, you may get a wee bit frustrated as you try to figure out how to put them together. It's all worth it.

Price: $18

8. The Brain Cube

9. Shelfie Puzzle

10. Lab Test Cell Puzzle

11. The Magic Cube: Mathematic 3D Logic Puzzle

12. Lock Nesters

These Lock Nesters are more challenging than they look: keep one on your desk and fiddle around with it during boring phone calls.

Price: $32.50

13. Vinyl Collection Puzzle

14. Papa's Maze 2.0

15. Circle Color Spiral Puzzle


17. Fred the Cardboard Moose Head

18. New York Times Front Page Jigsaw Puzzle

19. Postcode Puzzles

20. Puxxle

Be sure to choose a Puxxle puzzle that you enjoy the look of, because you'll be putting it together ON YOUR WALL—they're pixelated decals! Click here for more information about how it works.

Price: $24 to $30

21. Labyrinth Puzzle

22. Fiendish Japanese Pocket Puzzles

23. Dreidel 3x3x3 Magic IQ Brick

Have a hard time solving a Rubix cube? You're apt to have a *really* hard time solving the Dreidel. Like the Rubix, there are 26 little blocks to spin around and organize, but each of those little blocks has many other spin-able pieces attached. Good luck!

Price: $48

24. Puzzlehead

After successfully completing the puzzle, feel free to stack up the faces in a strange (and amazing) totem-pole-style tower.

Price: $40

25. 1000 Piece Bacon Jigsaw Puzzle

26. The Earth Puzzleball

27. Colorku

28. Brainstrings