The Thinking Putty Dilemma
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Puzzle advertises as an easy-to-use toy that was designed to test your brain, and it certainly turned out well. The puzzle comes with six colors of thinking putty, a board to solve the puzzles on, three blockers, three bridges, and a deck of sixty cards. However, I would not recommend it for ages seven and below because of hazardous small parts and inedible putty.
The puzzle is similar to the digital app Flow Free. The app does better than Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Puzzle with variety, because you can use more than six colors and there are significantly more than sixty puzzles. Both games use many different colors, but the putty, unlike the digital app, can be used like play-doh. However, if you use it this way, be sure not to mix colors. The puzzle upstages the app when you take a non-digital day or lay off the phone for a while.
The putty sticks a little too well to the plastic bags that it comes with and the plastic board that you solve the puzzles on. This makes it a nuisance getting out of the package, but lets you affix it to the board without accidentally detaching. As each puzzle covers the entire area of the board (except when you have a bridge or a blocker on the plastic board), you should keep each color separate, otherwise you might not be able to fully separate the colors from each other.
The deck of cards has four divisions; beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. The range of each level is mammoth. While one puzzle will be hard, the next will have you laughing at the easiness. The difference in the difficulty of the sections is inconsistent, so if you put the puzzles in order from easiest for you to hardest you might have expert cards next to beginner cards.
The puzzles will perplex you and leave your brain exhausted. However, your arms might get sore from pulling the putty colors apart. All-in-all, this is a great toy that I would recommend for ages 8 and up and rate eight out of ten.