Sometimes I feel like the guy asked to judge a wine tasting contest that shows up holding his jumbo cherry coke. What would Carl Jung, Picasso or Socrates say about this puzzle? Honestly I don’t know. So I’ll share my very limited and inarticulate opinion.
I have 93 Artifact puzzles, this is among my favorites. It is tiny, only 68 pieces, an exceeding clever design, has a wealth of whimsical pieces percentage wise. And it is more like speed chess than other more deliberative puzzles. Not so much easy as doable.
For me it flew together, maybe 20 minutes? But what an exuberating 20 minutes! The border isn’t what you might expect, at all. It very seldom is with Artifact puzzles. All the leaf matching reminded me of Jeyselle Solentiname’s Jungle (also Artifact) but thankfully one-fifth the size.
Finish the tree trunk, and finish the owls, fill in the rest by pattern matching and your done. It is fast and very gratifying.
At this price point, the tree of wisdom is great gift (for your self) or anyone you love.
Sometimes the delight of doing a puzzle is less a function of difficulty than the joy of discovery. This puzzle was so immersive and engaging. I don’t do puzzle to affirm my virility or write reviews to prove my wit (obviously). I do puzzle to have fun. I got a whole lot of fast paced fun, very rare for an Artifact puzzle, and it was a riot of fun for me.