Sunday, January 30, 2005
25 Puzzling Years By Bernie DeKoven
[I would like to take this opportunity, along with Bernie DeKoven, to recognize milestones in the history of play ... MD] Gamepuzzles (a.k.a. Kadon Enterprises) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. That's 25 years devoted to, as they say, "the joy of thinking." In the process, their website, and their collection of beautiful puzzles and puzzle games, has grown into a treasure chest of invitations to a livelier, more playful mind. To get started playing, try the Coloring Book. I won't spoil it for you, except to say that it could very well be the easiest, and most satisfying, online coloring experience you've ever had. Next, try the "Puzzle Parlor" - it's a collection of Flash puzzles that are graphically engaging and vary in challenge from mild to egregious. If a lot of these puzzles remind you of M. C. Escher, consider yourself smugworthy. Much of the fun that is inherent in these puzzles comes from interacting with the Escher-like art of geometric transformations. It is getting to play with the playful sides of both art and mathematics.But the real treasure is their collection of almost 150 lovingly crafted, moderately-priced puzzles and puzzle-games - so lovely and enticing that you will find the time you spend virtual window shopping downright inspirational. And if you're diligent or lucky, you may even discover some of the hidden puzzles and contests sprinkled enticingly throughout the site. And, as if you actually needed the incentive, you may win a prize for solving them!