Designer: Dr. Volker Latussek

This puzzle measures: 65 mm x 65 mm x 65 mm

Material: Bubinga / Cherry

Dr. Volker Latussek wrote about it:

“The other day I asked my elder brother why he wanted to get married. He told me to come up with the answer myself. In Germany, the four most important reasons for getting married are: Love, tax benefits, tradition and family planning. Given the age of the bride and groom, family planning was clearly out of the question, so I decided on sensual love, which is ennobled by both soul and spirit. The Greek god Eros watches over this yearning sensual desire. EROS is Pelikan’s lovingly realized idea of a packaging puzzle as a love game. Thus, a square and two semicircles become a heart. And with the two hearts the IPP-Puzzle of the Year 2018 becomes a CASINO with cherry wood box and a somehow familiar yet new aha moment. So I wish us all a sensual experience and a new look at the people we love when playing with EROS.”

Kevin Sadler wrote about it:

“Did you enjoy Casino by the amazing Dr Volker Latussek? If not, then there’s something wrong with you – in my opinion it is one of the best puzzles of all time. If you did like Casino then you will love Eros! Volker has altered the Casino design he has split 2 of the circles in half and added them to adjacent edges of a square to make a couple of hearts. These 2 hearts (made from a lovely red Bubinga) need to be placed in the beautifully crafted box with the rest of the disks which have been made into rounded squares to make the challenge tougher. Initially, it’s even pretty difficulty to work out an arrangement that could possibly fit in the box… the dimensions will not allow a stack of 4 pieces (they all have the same thickness). Then, once you think you have worked out an assembly, the actual insertion of the last 2 pieces is incredibly hard to work out. The lip on either side of the entry hole really gets in the way. There is no squeezing it through…it just won’t work that way. The correct sequence of moves is essential. I absolutely adored this puzzle, I personally think it is slightly simpler than Casino but the Aha! moment is just as delicious. I think this is the pick of this release from Pelikan.”