Puzzles take a lot of concentration and time to complete, but did you know that all that effort might have long-term benefits for your brain. Studies suggest that focusing on the shapes and colors of puzzle pieces may strengthen your short-term memory. Puzzles may also assist your brain in the production of dopamine, which can lead to an increase in concentration, optimism and confidence. Do you know the rush you feel after completing a particularly large and complex puzzle? The one that makes you want to try an even larger or more difficult one next time? Yup, that’s dopamine.
If you’re an avid problem solver looking for a unique challenge check out the list of puzzles below. Each puzzle in the list will test your patience and determination thoroughly.
Krypt Blank Puzzle
Talk about a tough one. How would you feel about a puzzle that is one solid color? That’s right, no contrasts or shading of any kind. All 654 pieces of the Krypt Blank Puzzle Challenge are solid silver, which means you have to compare the outlines of each puzzle piece to figure out where it should be placed on the board. You can find this puzzle in Toys-R-Us stores.
Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball
Why build a boring two-dimensional puzzle when you can construct a beautifully designed 3D globe. The Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball is made of 540 curved, sturdy plastic pieces that fit together snugly to form a perfectly smooth, full-color globe. When the puzzle is complete display it on a metal stand that allows you to spin the ball on its axis just like a real globe.
Wrebbit 3D 2010 Midtown East New York 3D Puzzle
Another challenging 3D puzzle is the Midtown East New York 3D puzzle, which features a vibrant recreation of the Big Apple. Construct the Chrysler Building, MetLife Building, Citigroup Center, Sony Tower and Grand Central Station. Spend hours building this meticulously crafted 875-piece puzzle of one of New York City’s most famous districts.
Worlds Most Difficult 500 Piece Double Sided Jigsaw Puzzle
If you are looking for a ridiculously difficult challenge then look no further than the Buffalo Games Hot Air Balloons – Worlds Most Difficult Double Sided Jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle has the same picture on the front and back and it’s rotated 90 degrees so that it looks the same from both sides! Most puzzles are cut from only one side so it’s obvious which side is the front and which is the back, but in this case it’s incredibly difficult to distinguish which way each piece should go!
Disney Memorable Moments 40320-Piece Puzzle
The Disney Memorable Moments puzzle contains 40,320 pieces and is the largest commercially available puzzle in the world, in both number of pieces and sheer size. This puzzle is decorated with iconic, hand-drawn scenes from a variety of Disney films including Snow White, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. The box and included puzzle pieces weigh over 44 pounds! Once completed it measures 192cm tall x 680 cm wide! It is currently available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but beware, this huge puzzle also comes with a gigantic price tag. The going price is $599.99!