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Review: Monkey Pod Games

Who doesn't like puzzles? I remember playing with devious barrel-shaped wooden puzzles as a kid. I was recently contacted by Rachel at Monkey Pod Games asking if I'd be willing to review one of their puzzles. I always take a look at a company's web-site before I agree to a review as I've discovered that free stuff isn't free since I have to spend time reading a book or playing with a puzzle or game. If I don't like what I see or if I think a product is too expensive to appeal to readers then I won't take a review copy.

I liked what I saw at the Monkey Pod Games site so I humbly agreed to accept a "The Perplexing X in a Box" puzzle. I received it a few days later. It's a devious little puzzle. I couldn't figure it out and I ended up going to the Monkey Pod web-site to get the solution.

Aside from getting stuck I love the craftsmanship and the really nice wood they used:

Monkey Pod Games is named after the Monkey Pod tree, which is the wood from which the puzzles are made. The Monkey Pod tree is found in northern Thailand and around the Pacific. It is ideal for wooden puzzles because it can be cut to very precise dimensions.
One feature that makes our puzzles and games so unique is the material it is made from. Each puzzle is hand made from what is commonly known as the Monkey Pod Tree. While it has also been called the Saman or Rain tree, its true name is Albizia Saman. It is a tree that belongs to the pea family and is specie of the flowering trees. Each Monkey Pod Tree grows to around 80 feet high and 30 feet in diameter! These trees have been respected throughout the ages for their enormous size. An amazing fact is how quickly they grow as well, on average 3 to 5 feet a year.

I also appreciated that, if I had bought the puzzle at Amazon, it would have cost $11.95 (with free shipping if your order is big enough.) Not expensive at all for nice hand-cut wood.

You can see a bunch of the Monkey Pod Puzzles at Amazon (where I get a small commission) or at the Monkey Pod site.

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