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  Neuschwanstein Castle
Puzzles have been around for hundreds of years in one form or another and it is a way to pass leisure time or to get away from the daily doldrums. Wrebbit Interactive has now come out with the ever popular 3D puzzles on a computer platform in 3D. No longer are you moving pieces on a flat plane but rather you are building it in 3 dimension and it does get tougher to do. The challenge created by Wrebbit is a bit controllable in that you have the option of Easy, Average, Challenging, and Super Challenging. The number of pieces increase with the levels of difficulty.

To start with you get a very simple puzzle to practice on in the 3D mode and I found that a bit challenging until I got the hang of turning the pieces and view of the puzzle. I then decided that I can now start the real thing and try to put the castle together. I still selected the Easy level and I am still working on it. The challenge is tremendous and sometimes you have to visualize how things go around a corner. The pieces if placed very close to each other either repel or click when they are correct.

You have various views of your table with all the pieces laid out. You also get these drawers that you can put pieces into for when you try to organize them in similar color schemes for the various areas of the puzzle. You can time you efforts and the program will graph it out for you.

There are videos and other very interesting things about this puzzle. Although I have not finish it yet I have read that when you finish the puzzle, you are able to go inside and view the inside of the real castle. There are other games and smaller puzzles as well.

All in all I find that this puzzle program is miles ahead of others that I have seen on a computer and can assure everyone that they will spend not hours but weeks and even months on this one and not get bored. (Possibly frustrated at times)

Rating 10 out of 10

A little History of....

Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle of Neuschwanstein truly epitomizes a Romantic dream castle. It’s no surprise that this castle served as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Located in Germany’s Bavarian Alps, this castle is a manifestation of the fertile imagination of King Louis II of Bavaria. Situated
at an altitude of 965 meters (3,165 feet), Neuschwanstein Castle is accessible by a single road. Dramatic and theatrical in appearance, the castle covers some 5,935 sq. meters (63,884 sq. ft.) and features a medley of exterior turrets, circular staircases, windows and domes. Begun in 1869, Neuschwanstein Castle was never finished. Only 15 of the planned 228 rooms were completed, leaving many doors on the lower floors to open onto empty space and steep rocks. A blend of architecture and dream, Neuschwanstein combines Roman, Baroque, Gothic and Byzantine styles in an amazingly homogeneous whole. Just as astonishing is its modernism — from as early as 1884,
the castle has been equipped with central heating, a kitchen with hot and cold running water, and a dumb waiter connected to the dining room... located three floors up!

Each room in the castle depicts minstrel poems and knights’ legends, themes dear to Louis II. Four
spectacular rooms boast an ingenious lighting system, giving visitors an insight into the King’s eccentric and flamboyant style. The most impressive aspect of the Throne Room, resplendent in gold and marble, is the mosaic floor inlaid with two million pieces representing plants and animals. The Singer’s Hall is the largest in the castle. Its coffered spruce-wood ceiling provides very good
acoustics for the various concerts held there each year. The Royal Hall contains two large works representing the Legend of Lohengrin: a Knight in Quest of the Holy Grail. Finally, Ludwig’s bedroom, in extravagant Gothic style, displays remarkable oak furnishings so ornate that it took
14 wood carvers four years to complete the work. Each year, Neuschwanstein Castle attracts tens of millions of visitors who come to view the originality, extravagance and especially the stunning beauty of the fairytale palace.

The extravagance of the Mad King

King Louis II of Bavaria has become part of historical lore, mostly due to the construction of three castles, all products of his fertile imagination: Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein. King Louis II’s passion was art. As patron and fervent admirer of Richard Wagner, he paid tribute to the composer by decorating rooms of Neuschwanstein Castle with representative themes from Wagner’s operas.

Review ID Number: 164
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Puzz 3D
Review Date: 2001-04-20
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
 
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