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This is something I got for Christmas and have been having fun with. It feels a little Zachtronics-esque in that you're putting basic building blocks together to achieve a defined goal, but it's placing objects on a physical board. Setting it off and watching the marbles clack around for a minute or two is really satisfying (once you iron out the bugs). And sometimes it's just fun to play with something that doesn't have a screen. (The 'undo' function takes a lot longer to run though...)

The puzzles start off pretty easy if you have other experience with binary/logic-themed puzzles - I'd say the first 30 (of 60) felt a bit tutorial-ish in terms of introducing concepts and then providing fairly limited ways to demonstrate that you know why the previous setup worked. But after that the guiderails come off a bit, and there have been a few puzzles where I've had to try a few different approaches or go away for a while and think things over.

It's more expensive than an electronic game because of the physical parts (USD70 + shipping), but I'm glad I have it. (Mine came from a local board games shop which saved a fair bit over the online store price.) You can put together an electronic version using the simulator at https://jessecrossen.github.io/ttsim/ and either the educator resources ( https://edu.turingtumble.com/ ) or the standalone/virtual puzzle books from their store, but I wouldn't recommend starting out that way -- it's just not the same experience.
01-03-2020 at 11:31 AM
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Neat. I've been collecting mechanical puzzles and have seen that, but it looked like it was closer to "kid's first OR gate" than actually tricky puzzles. If it can approach mid-game Zachtronics, maybe I should take a closer look.

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