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Hardest Puzzles – February 2021

Feb. 15, 2021

There are many different factors that make a puzzle hard but a question I've often asked myself is, which puzzle is actually the hardest? So, in order to rank them I've created this totally subjective, probably wrong top five list of the puzzles I think are hardest. Be sure to let me know what you think!

1: Enchanted Valley – Ravensburger 2000 Pieces


What makes Enchanted Valley hard?

Enchanted valley scores high in 3 of the four rating areas and has an overall score of 4.09.

Overall

Line Score

Segmentation Score

Color Score

Cluster Score

4.09
Very Hard

3.15

4.09

4.65

4.40

 

Due to the large amount of area in this puzzle with the same colors, the segmentation score is high which means there are fewer distinct segments. This puzzle also has an extremely high color score which means that there are not many distinct colors in this puzzle. This combined with the segmentation score make this puzzle exceedingly difficult. For example, determining where a green piece is supposed to go would be difficult.

 

2: Neuschwanstein Castle – Ravensburger 2000 Pieces


What makes Neuschwanstein Castle hard?

Much like enchanted Valley, Neuschwanstein Castle scores very high in segmentation and color scores.

Overall

Line Score

Segmentation Score

Color Score

Cluster Score

4.08
Very Hard

3.67

4.67

4.25

3.53

 

The combination of high segmentation and color scores may be the hardest combination in puzzle solving. Again, you may have an idea of where a piece would go, but drilling down the exact location would be very hard in this puzzle due to the similarities in large areas of this puzzle.

 

3. Animal Kingdom: Ravensburger 3000 Pieces

 

What makes Animal Kingdom hard?

Well, let’s start with the fact that this is a 3000 piece puzzle which is going to make it inherently harder.

Overall

Line Score

Segmentation Score

Color Score

Cluster Score

3.89
Hard

3.16

4.38

4.03

4.57

 

 

As you can see above, this puzzle also has a high cluster and segmentation score which means that the colors in the puzzle are well distributed and there are not many distinct color clusters to differentiate the areas of the puzzle. The line and color scores make the puzzle a little easier, which means that when there are differences in color, they are significant. The line score also indicates that within the segments there is some opportunity to locate pieces using the lines/shapes. Take a look at the cheetahs in the picture. While this area is very similar in color/pattern, you can use the lines to locate where a piece should go.

 

4: Cinque Terre Viewpoint – Ravensburger 1500 Pieces

 What makes Cinque Terre Viewpoint hard?

Well, the water and the sky.

Overall

Line Score

Segmentation Score

Color Score

Cluster Score

3.79
Hard

3.96

4.27

3.97

3.29

 

As you can see, there are a couple large segments in the puzzle that are going to make things overly complicated. The water and sky are going to take a long time and you will likely have to use nothing but the shape of the pieces for most of this puzzle. Once you get up into the houses, things get a little easier, but as you can see from the color score above this is not a walk in the park either. The houses have similar color/shape and certainly will not be easy either.

 

5: Dragon Valley - Ravensburger 2000 Pieces

 

What makes Dragon Valley hard?

This puzzle has a lack of defined segments and the colors bleed together.

Overall

Line Score

Segmentation Score

Color Score

Cluster Score

3.72
Hard

3.64

4.45

3.55

4.13

As seen in the line score above, this puzzle does have some distinct lines to guide you through. What this puzzle lacks are defined segments. For example, look at the sky in this puzzle. While there are some lines and different colors, it all bleeds together and locating a piece would be difficult in this area. There is a decent amount of color differentiation to help guide puzzlers though this one and a decent number of lines. This one is hard, but it is not the hardest!

 

What do you think? Which puzzle is the hardest? Let me know in the comments below!


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