This is Isis, a $200+ luxury puzzle that we carry at Marbles, the brainy games store where I now work. We got to learn a bit about this thing today and actually handle the floor model, which feels like it weighs five pounds. It moves with refined, watch-like precision and is exquisite, refined, and mysterious in every sense. It looks like the thing that you shouldn’t touch in every Egyptian-themed horror movie, only more beautiful.
Isis is the first in a series of five puzzles, only three of which are available currently - the last is set to be released in 2016. Each puzzle has a secret, because here’s where it gets really exciting. Even though Isis is one of the hardest puzzles in the world, once you open it, you’re only half done. Inside you find a serial number for a key (a physical key that the Isis manufacturers will send you) that unlocks a hidden pyramid in a secret global location. You can find money. Actual money. This is the closest to all of my sexy globe-trotting mummy-cursed archaeologist fantasies that I will probably ever get.
I think I might be sexually attracted to this puzzle.
I swear to christ I’ve never heard of this before but I actually had a dream where people kind of did something similar to this only instead of just a ball they were whole manufactured ruins built in the middle of the city and every year they’d unveil a new one and if you were smart enough to figure out the mysteries you could win ridiculous amounts of money.
it’s a fucking ace idea and I’m kind of terrified that someone had the same idea only in a more marketable way.