Thursday, 28 April 2016

Tower of London – Ravensburger Puzzle Review

Tower of London is a new puzzle from Ravensburger which is part of the Historic Royal Palaces series. Tower of London is a 1,000 piece puzzle suitable for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.
I completed the Hampton Court Puzzle earlier in the year, and the Tower of London is a great addition to this series. The puzzle comes with a picture fact sheet, and I find these sheets a great addition to the puzzling experience. Its so much easier to refer to the picture sheet rather than the lid of the box.
tower of london
I sometimes feel that photographic puzzles like the tower of London will somehow not keep my attention and be as interesting, but didn’t find this the case with this puzzle. There at first glance seemed to be a sea of blue, and after my initial sorting of the edges I found the red was the colour that stood out. There also appeared to be lots of brick, but again once you have been through the pieces you find the quality of the picture allows you to separate each of the different tones of building.
tower of london puzzle
The Tower of London was not a tricky puzzle, and once the figures of the guardsman and the Beefeater were complete, it was easy to find the ER wording. The crown and the darker blue of the sky were easy to sort. Traitors gate was the next part completed and finally the historic tower of London itself.
tower of london review
The Tower of London is a great puzzle and one which I enjoyed especially the details on the crowns. I certainly need to think about going to the tower one day as its a place I have never been to. Visit the Ravensburger website for more great puzzles.

Monday, 25 April 2016


In celebration of World Penguin Day Monday 25th April 2016, why not try out this fun Penguin Pile Up game from Ravensburger?  It is fun to play and at the same time, it is quite challenging to balance those cute little penguins on the iceberg!  It is a great test for fine motor skills!
penguin pile up review
This game is suitable from aged 5 onwards and for 1 to 6 players.  The game comes with a light blue game base, iceberg with flag, 24 penguins and instructions.  Before you start the game, you will need to assemble all 24 penguins and once assembled they cannot be taken apart.
To play the game, you need to place/balance the iceberg on the game base and place the flag on the top of the iceberg.  Next you have to divide the penguins evenly amongst all players and if you have any leftover penguins, just set them aside.  To win this game, you have to be the first player to get rid of all his or her penguins.
Penguin pile up ravensburger
We have played this game a couple of times and it is tricky!  Trying to balance your penguin and making sure not to tip the rest of the penguins on the iceberg is really tricky, even for myself!  We find it challenging to balance the penguins on the uneven surfaces on the iceberg.  Each player puts only one penguin at a time onto the iceberg.  There were many times when we accidentally knocked off a few penguins and had to take them back which is not ideally.  Instead of getting rid of our penguins, we end up growing our penguin colony!  It does get harder each time the number of penguins on the iceberg increases!
penguin pile up playing
The game is well made and the items should last for a long time.  This is a fun and challenging family game for all ages.  It is available to buy from good toy shops or Amazon.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Ravensburger Happy Days at Work No. 8 - The Secretary

A far cry from today's electronic office, the jigsaw shows a secretary in her 1960s office - and she even has an assistant to help her; those were the days! Just look at the typewriter! The puzzle is created by Trevor Mitchell, and it's packed with detail which really comes out as you assemble the puzzle. 

The bright colours mean that it's easy to pick out the right puzzle pieces, and the high quality cutting of the pieces means they click together positively - none of that frustrating 'I wonder if that's right'. Best of all - there are no huge areas of one colour which can get very boring. I like the fact there's a leaflet showing the picture, as I like to use the box lid for laying out the pieces. The completed puzzle measures 49.3 x 36.2cm. This is one in a superb series of nostalgic puzzles - the 500 piece puzzles take us back to work of many years ago, and the 1000 piece puzzles take a nostalgic look at places around Britain; they are a refreshing change from 'picture postcard' views. 

These really are puzzles to bring a smile to your face and will make perfect gifts for anyone of a certain age - and any secretary from the 60s will love to revisit the office; it will bring back lots of memories. For younger ones, they will be fascinate to see how we used to work. 

Ravensburger jigsaws really are excellent - the pictures are bright, colourful and always very interesting; the cutting is flawless and the pieces fit together to perfection. I hated breaking up the puzzle when I had finished as it was a great talking point with all its intriguing details of offices of bygone days - children were fascinated!.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Hampton Court Palace - 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

I’ve mentioned Monkey’s happy place a few times on the blog,
 but never my own from my childhood. From as far back as I 
can remember I’ve been fairly obsessed with British history 
and in particular the Tudor period. I was heavily into our 
Kings and Queens, and still have the book I used to spend 
hours glued to.  If asked where I would like to visit for my 
birthday, there would be no contest, Hampton Court Palace 
please.  Actually, I’d still be the same now. There is something
 about the place that drew me in and it’s had a place in my 
heart ever since.  So when I received the wonderful Ravensburger 
Historic Royal Palaces – Hampton Court Palace 1000 piece 
puzzle recently, I was back in my happy place very quickly.

Hampton Court Palace
The jigsaw puzzle features 9 photographs of Hampton Court Palace in a collage and it really does bring the Palace to life, both for those of us who are lucky to have visited and for those who are seeing it for the first time.  Henry VIII acquired this site in the 1520’s and it really is a marvellous building to explore, and I can still remember my first visit. Filled with awe as a young child.
I’ve loved the wonderful Astronomical Clock featured in this puzzle for years – isn’t it wonderful.
Hampton Court Palace
The details throughout the puzzle have made this jigsaw an absolute joy to complete.  I think, although my parents may well correct me, that Hampton Court Palace was probably my first experience of walking through a maze.
Hampton Court Maze
The quality of the puzzle pieces and images is exactly as you’d expect from Ravensburger and it’s a great jigsaw puzzle to share.  I’ve been telling Monkey all about my favourite palace, and have vowed to take him there this year to see it for himself.
From the detailed brickwork of the original building, through to the wonderful ceiling Queen Anne ceiling, there’s so much to take in and admire with this puzzle.

Ravensburger Teletubbies Puzzles

To celebrate the return of the Teletubbies on our screens Ravensburger will launch five new puzzle sets including; My first floor puzzle with 16 large chunky pieces and a My first puzzles 4 chunky jigsaw puzzles set. Both of these are great for toddlers as the card used is really nice and thick and easy to handle with their smaller hands.

For older children their will be three puzzle sets to choose from including the 4 Large Shaped Puzzles the 4 In A Box set and a 2 x 12 piece set, All of these puzzle sets are brightly coloured and feature the famous characters, Po, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Tinky Winky from Teletubbyland.

This is a lovely range of puzzles and perfect for any Teletubbies fan and with prices starting at just £ 4.99 these also make great birthday gifts.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Horsing Around Selfies Review by Ravensburger

Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Price: £7.99
Age Range: 12 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: “Selfies” have become one of the world’s most popular pastimes, with people taking photos of themselves, their friends and their pets in all sorts of locations and situations. Even world leaders and royalty are doing it! This fun-filled design by Howard Robinson shows what might happen if horses got involved too. Let your imagination run riot, and enjoy the challenge of piecing together this ever-so-silly portrait of equine pals.
Rating:  (5/5 stars)
Horsing Around
Review: As regular readers know, I love a good jigsaw. I find them challenging yet relaxing, and putting that final piece into place is oh so satisfying!
Ravensburger sent me this funny Horsing Around jigsaw, the first in a new series of Selfies jigsaws, poking fun at the selfie trend that is so popular. The finished puzzle shows a pack of horses smiling and pulling faces for a group selfie, and it’s quite funny – if a little weird!
Ravensburger Horsing Around
Ravensburger Horsing Around
This puzzle has 500 pieces and I found it quite challenging for that size jigsaw, due to the similar shades and textures depicted throughout the picture. It was enjoyable to do and took several evenings to complete.
As always, the quality of the puzzle & its pieces was very good. The Ravensburger soft click technology & the way that all the pieces are individual and can only fit in one place was good for this jigsaw; as the colours were all so similar it was good to know that when I thought I had the right piece in place that I could tell I was correct by the way it fit.
Included in the box is an A4 sheet with a picture of the puzzle & some more information about it and the artist. These info sheets are so useful as they allow you to use the box lid to sort through pieces while still having a picture of the finished puzzle to hand.
Ravensburger Horsing Around
Ravensburger Horsing Around
I don’t think the picture on this puzzle would suit everyone, but you can say that about all puzzles. I look forward to seeing what comes next in the Selfies series. I can see teenagers who enjoy jigsaws liking this series in particular, and they’d make a nice gift for a puzzler with a silly sense of humour.
The price is reasonable and the quality good – 5 stars.
Review by Mama Geek

Farmyard Selfies Ravensburger Review

After doing the last Puzzle, we were asked to try another one which we said yes too, when the puzzle arrived Kira was so excited and couldn't wait to start putting the puzzle together, we got a evening where it was just me and Kira. 

Kira and I aren't very good at puzzles,  but we have fun and try our hardest, the last puzzle we did we ended up getting Daddy to help us which you can read here and it took us 3 hours.  This Ravensburger Puzzle is from 6+ and 100 pieces so hopefully wouldn't take us as long or need Daddy's help.

Kira matching the pieces together

We got all the edges and corners together and figured out where they went.  Kira soon started saying she couldn't do it, so I got her to start making the pig.  It didn't take her long before she could see it coming together, she was loving it and couldn't wait for it to be finished so she could see what it looked like.  After 20/30 minutes we had finished the puzzle, Kira was so proud seeing the puzzle finished.

Kira with her finished puzzle

Kira loves the faces all the animals are making, I love all the details that goes into the Ravensburger puzzles they make them look so life like.

Do you like doing puzzles?

Review by The Lawless Gang