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The Perplexus – Awesome Brain Toy

I asked for (and got) a Perplexus puzzle sphere for Christmas. I had thought I’d bring it to work, as a companion to the Rubik’s 360 I keep on my desk (it’s a great conversation starter, and fun to play with while I’m on phone meetings – shh! :-). But the Perplexus has become so popular with everyone at home (even 3yo Gabe, who does surprisingly well with it once you get him started) that I don’t dare take it to work for fear of angering Emma, Gabe and Rachel.

What is a Perplexus? It’s like one of those marble labyrinth toys, where you twist and turn to move a steel bearing along a path. Except it’s in 3D, and completely encased inside a 10 inch plastic sphere. The insides of it look like colorful plastic brain matter, and it’s lots of fun to play with. I first heard about it in Make magazine, where they did a story on its creator, Michael McGinnin, and the giant-sized “Superplexuses” he creates (I WANT one of those!). BoingBoing also wrote about it (again) recently.

Here’s a video of 6yo Emma playing with it and explaining it. Watch to the end to see her highly advanced technique. :-)

The Perplexus is available at ThinkGeek, and you can also now pick it up (a little cheaper) at Amazon.com (affiliate link). If you like brain exercise toys, you should definitely pick one up.

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2 thoughts on “The Perplexus – Awesome Brain Toy

  1. Hello Josh-

    Hey, would you mind if I put your comments and this video on my website? I am working on consolidating reviews and videos I find about Perplexus into one accessible place. Emma makes a great young player!

    Thanks for considering this, regards- Michael

    • Michael, I would be honored! :-) I have to say, I got excited when I saw this comment from you. I first read about the Superplexus and your work in Make Magazine, and since then, have become a big fan. I even considered responding to your invitation in the Make article about collectible Superplexuses (Superplexii?), because I’d *love* to have one, but I never did.

      I can probably make a much better quality video of Emma playing – this was shot in the dark on a whim on my iPhone. :-)

      Thanks for the note! :-)

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