1000 Colours Puzzle 
by Guest Writer Roberta Shore

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1000 Colours Puzzle
The Play Group
Ribbon Cut
1000 pieces
Finished dimensions: 19.7” x 27.6”

1000 Colours Puzzle - Roberta's Review

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1000 Colours Puzzle
The Play Group
Ribbon Cut
1000 pieces
Finished dimensions: 19.7” x 27.6”

1000 Colours Puzzle

The Play Group
Ribbon Cut
1000 pieces
Finished dimensions: 19.7” x 27.6”

My (advancing) Newbie Difficulty Rating: easy to moderate

I love to read, but I don’t re-read books. I had imagined neither would I replay a puzzle. Wrong! I enjoyed this puzzle so much; I am sure I will do it again!

Difficulty - I finished this puzzle in just about a day — I have never come close to that with any of the twenty four 1000 piece puzzles I have completed since I began this new hobby near the end of 2021. So, for me, this was a relatively easy puzzle. I think it all had to do with good color vision. More about that in the Construction section.

This puzzle is very unique. Every single piece is an individual solid color. That’s 1000 different colors! While working on it and seeing rather distinct transitions, I wondered how it would be a flowing gradient when completed. But it was, beautiful, vibrant and smooth.

Construction: Step one is always find the edge pieces and sort by color. I have read and seen YouTube reviews of this puzzle. Some people do not do the frame first because it is just almost black, near white and green. They work on sections doing the lighter colors first. I did the frame first, and I filled in a lot of the bottom to get it out of the way. Having the frame also helped with getting the green pieces in the correct location. My initial sort by color filled 14 trays, doing light and dark separately for each color. Good color vision made that an easy task as well. No sub sorting required until near the end. I left he dark blues and purples for last; they were the most challenging for me, I sorted those by shade and shape. Otherwise, I just worked the puzzle piece by piece, from top to bottom, working toward the middle from each side. This puzzle deserves a shout out for tight piece fit even though I was not moving sections of pieces around to work on it. I have experienced my share of loose piece fit across brands, where everything fell apart. It definitely detracts from the puzzling experience. It makes me sad.

Puzzle quality: This is not an inexpensive puzzle, making any imperfections highly annoying. The oversized box is beautiful to look at, with limited verbiage. The puzzle design wraps around the sides but is still incomplete. There is no additional poster inside, only the sealed bag of pieces. So, go on line and view any pic of the entire puzzle, if for no other reason than to know the order of the colors. An available visual reference is always helpful, but perhaps less important for a puzzle like this. I was very surprised to see uncut pieces. It was only one group of 3, and I carefully cut through the backing with a craft knife, but still. And then there were the three pieces where the tabs were splitting, and I had to apply a bit of glue to press them back together. Bent tabs requiring careful readjustment occurred a few times. Geeze! I have no idea if this company has an unhappiness guarantee, but I was considering it. In the end, the puzzle looks wonderful, and there are no missing pieces. Not always having luck on my side, a replacement could end up with one, so I’m keeping this once wounded puzzle. It is healed now and I’m rather attached to it. It did, after all, make me happy.

With the mantra “find the edge pieces and sort by color”, I suspect most of us — this audience of puzzlers — have acceptable color vision / perception. If you are curious, or reading this because you are introducing yourself to the world of puzzling, there’s all sorts of info on line. I Googled it and got 81,100,000 results. In a nutshell:

Color vision, a feature of visual perception, is an ability to perceive differences between light composed of different wavelengths (i.e., different spectral power distributions) independently of light intensity.”

“Color Perception. Mental processing of chromatic signals (COLOR VISION) from the eye by the VISUAL CORTEX where they are converted into symbolic representations.”

Final thoughts: Okay, I’m not brand new to this hobby anymore, but I still try to select puzzles I know I can sort, I still reference the box / poster often, I’m generally very slow, and I’m not bothered by that. This puzzle surprised me no end! Gradient puzzles are very popular. The Play Group has 4 more in their line up, all of them way more challenging and more costly than this one (a Mother’s Day gift from my daughter BTW). There is a 5000 piece version of this exact puzzle. Aside from that, the most challenging (near impossible is my guess) is the Color Changing gradient puzzle.There are pure full spectrum gradient puzzles that start bold in the corners and go to near white toward the center. I think that is a better way to begin trying one, if you haven’t already. I have one in my stash which was going to be first, but how could I ignore such a wonderful gift?

My grades for this puzzle: Quality B+, Fun Factor A++


ABOUT THE AUTHORWith her self-published book and  over 300 jigsaw puzzle reviews,  Linda has established herself as a prominent social media marketing influencer and jigsaw puzzle-preneur.  If you want to send Linda a quick message, visit her contact page here.

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