I took a chance on this one, the piece count is quite a bit lower than my usual threshold of interest, but it turned out to be well worthwhile. My habit is to work puzzles without looking at the box picture. Obviously I have some idea of what they will be since I had to see the catalog picture before placing an order, but I make a point of not glimpsing the box cover when I unpack the shipment and dump out the pieces and put the box out of sight. This took me a couple of long afternoons working “blind”.
I greatly enjoyed not being able to distinguish any edge pieces. I’ve done a few irregularly shaped ones from Liberty Puzzles and been disappointed that despite there being no straight edges the edge pieces can still be distinguished by a narrow color border. That’s not the case here. Any given piece could be a corner, or an edge, or interior. The colors are very vivid, perhaps the brightest in my experience, and the colors are so numerous and change so quickly that a strategy of building out by color is not very productive. As far as the piece shapes go, this is not like some Wentworth puzzles I’ve done where many pieces are exactly the same. I’m pretty sure no two pieces are exactly alike but they are so similar that looking for distinct shapes to fit in a hole will not get you very far very fast either.
So why only four stars? Another 100 or 200 more pieces would have earned it the fifth star in my estimation, but see my first sentence - well worthwhile.