10 unique puzzles

As a self-proclaimed puzzle connoisseur, I can safely say that I have never come across a puzzle that I didn’t feel like starting to put together immediately. Yet even the most avid puzzle seekers can get bored of traditional cottages and beach scenery. To help you spice up your puzzle life, I’ve embarked on a quest to find the most unique puzzles.

All of my picks below have something different to offer, whether it’s a unique image, an unusual shape, or an added challenge, like having to complete another task first. One puzzle I found, for example, requires you to solve a crossword puzzle first, while another asks you to solve a murder mystery. Some puzzles are just more challenging, with intricate geometric designs, while others are remarkably large (one of my picks is 22.25 feet long when completed).

When making my selections, I tried to find options that suit a wide variety of interests. For example, one features a collage of kitten faces that cat lovers are sure to appreciate. Another, on the other hand, depicts a peaceful Bob Ross landscape, which fans of the late artist will love. Additionally, I focused on puzzles made of strong, high-quality pieces that were precision cut and easy to connect, according to reviews.

Check out my final list of the most unique puzzles below.

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01

This one-of-a-kind round puzzle with a cool color gradient

Number of pieces: 1,000

What’s great: As well as being great fun to put together, this round puzzle will really kick your problem solving skills into high gear. It features a vibrant 3D color gradient that unfolds in a circular design. The pieces are precision cut and well made, according to Amazon reviews, and numbers are printed on the back for when you need a hint.

A reviewer wrote“This puzzle is fantastic! The pieces are perfectly cut and made from a thicker material which makes it sturdy. The added puzzle map was a bonus! I loved putting this puzzle together. It was so pretty that I decided to glue it and use it on an old table to hide some imperfections and it looks great!

02

A unique puzzle that first has you solving a crossword

Number of pieces: 550

What’s great: This unique puzzle is a crossword lover’s dream come true. In order to put the pieces back together, you must first solve the crossword puzzle, which then becomes your guide. It comes with a small booklet where you will complete the crossword, plus a digital version that you can share with a friend as a bonus. Reviewers noted that the crosswords themselves are quite easy to complete.

A reviewer wrote: “Quality puzzle. I like that I had to be a bit good at crosswords and puzzles to complete this one. I completed it in less than a week.

03

This beautiful elephant puzzle with strange shapes

Number of pieces: 171

What’s great: This cool puzzle is shaped like an elephant, with an intricate design that showcases colorful geometric patterns. Made from sturdy basswood composite boards), the puzzle pieces are laser cut with precision and easy to connect dots. Fans call it “beautiful” when put together, and they’ve noted that it’s a great gift for people who love elephants.

A reviewer wrote: “Pretty chunky pieces that stay together beautifully. The colors are so vibrant. Will [definitely] order again from this company. Highly recommend.”

04

This challenging line maze designed for advanced puzzlers

Number of pieces: 1,000

What’s great: If you are someone who likes a challenge, this very difficult puzzle will suit you perfectly. The black, white, and gray graphic features a maze of scattered lines in a criss-cross pattern, and it’s all laid out on durable particleboard made from recycled paper. Even better, the pieces are divided into sections with letters on the back to help you when you get stuck.

A reviewer wrote: “This is my second Bgraamiens puzzle and I will be buying more as the quality is excellent. The pieces are thick and strong and click together well. This particular puzzle is very difficult, but the puzzles have letters on the back ( A , B, C, D, E, F) that show you which part of the puzzle they fit into. … It was much easier than paying attention to the pattern of the lines.”

05

A scenic landscape puzzle with happy little trees for Bob Ross fans

Number of pieces: 1,000

What’s great: Calling all Bob Ross fans: This is the adult puzzle you’ve been waiting for. The panoramic image on the box is a rendering of one of his beloved paintings called “Autumn Woods”. It shows a lovely mountain landscape with happy little trees and an alpine lake – everything you need to find your zen while confusing yourself.

A reviewer wrote: “It was a very fun puzzle to work on and in the end we had a beautiful Bob Ross painting that we framed.”

06

This set of four mini-puzzles that spell “Love”

Number of pieces: 500

What’s great: This unique puzzle set is actually a series of four individual puzzles that come in a box and when completed, spell out the word “love”. It’s perfect for puzzlers who love small accomplishments – focus on writing one letter at a time, or tackle it all at once if you’re feeling daring.

A reviewer wrote: “The puzzle was fun and brilliant but bigger than I expected.”

07

This oddly captivating collage of fluffy kittens

Number of pieces: 1,000

What’s great: Whether you’re a proud cat parent yourself or know one who loves puzzles, this kitten-themed puzzle is sure to please everyone. It features an eerie yet oddly captivating collage of fuzzy kittens gazing into space. With thick, sturdy pieces, this puzzle is a great option for adults and kids alike.

A reviewer wrote: “My husband [loves] this [thing].”

08

A Whodunnit puzzle for detectives that makes you solve a mystery

Number of pieces: 500

What’s great: People who love crime shows and mystery novels relish this unique puzzle. To complete it, you need to read a murder mystery booklet and start putting the pieces together. As the picture appears (which is actually two separate 500 piece puzzles), you will begin to solve the mystery.

A reviewer wrote: “I had so much fun doing this puzzle. In fact, there are two 500 piece jigsaw puzzles mixed together without pictures to use as a guide. After the puzzles are completed, there are clues in the picture to help solve the mystery. I liked it so much, I’m ordering 3 more of these mystery puzzles.

09

This little puzzle that fits in the palm of your hand

Number of pieces: 1,000

What’s great: Behold, the smallest puzzle in the world. (Well, one of them, at least). This exceptionally small puzzle – measuring just 420 by 290 millimeters – is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet it contains 1,000 pieces. The final image offers a beautiful view of the canals of Venice, and it is also available in other scenic versions like “Prague Bridges”, “Machu Pichu” and “Santorini”.

A reviewer wrote: “Hard to build with the small pieces. Looks awesome hanging next to a 2000 piece puzzle of the same castle!”

ten

This giant 40,320 piece puzzle that will keep you busy for months

Number of pieces: 40 320

What’s great: Whether you’re a die-hard Disney fan or just want to say you’ve completed one of the world’s largest puzzles (based on piece count, not size), this 40,320 piece beast will keep you busy. During months. Although the big puzzle is not in fact the largest in terms of puzzles in general (this record currently stands at 551,232 pieces), it is most likely the largest in the world Mickey Mouse themed puzzle. It is made with high quality craftsmanship and easy to connect, precision cut parts. The $600 price tag is steep, but the manufacturer lets you pay for it in stages. Just note that it is extremely heavy (shipping weight is 42 pounds).

A reviewer wrote: “So far so good. We started with one and will continue, as ravensburger puzzles normally have a slightly higher difficulty due to the details. Not as difficult as we thought, but that’s ok considering the size.”