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String Theory

This knotty little puzzle is all about thinking inside the box. The brainchild of Dutch inventor Guido Lap, it uses simple elements to stretch your spatial reasoning to new limits. Elastic bands connect colored buttons on opposite sides of a clear, plastic case. Your challenge is to group the buttons by color, sliding them along the slots cut in the clear plastic, without getting yourself (and the cords inside) all tied up in knots. A great brain-teasing puzzle for older children and adults. Made in China.

Brainstring was developed by Dutch inventor Guido Lap. Guido combined an elegant design with an intellectually challenging concept and it was an instant success in Europe. Inspired by that success, he has worked with various inventors throughout the years to produce smart, unique, artfully-designed puzzles that appeal to puzzle-enthusiasts worldwide.

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Item ID
21199
Ages
7+
Made from
plastic, rubber, elastic
Measurements
5.5" Dia.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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BRAINSTRINGS
 
4.5

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (46)
  • Fun (43)
  • Thought provoking (37)
  • Educational (28)
  • Interactive (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family (43)
  • Adults (39)
  • Children (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (34), Educator (9), Avid gamer (8), Thrifty (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (82), No (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child (25), Other (18), Husband (8)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (41), Other (8), Birthday (6)

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5.0

Great puzzle

By 

from Grand Rapids, MI

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

        I thought this would be a great gift for my grandson for Christmas. I am keeping it until then unless I can't wait and want to try it myself.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great puzzle!

        By 

        from Boswell OK

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Can Withstand Use
        • Easy To Play
        • Entertaining
        • Fun
        • Thought Provoking

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Children
          • Family

          Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

          I purchased this gift for a 13 year old nephew who was hospitalized for a month. Not only did it entertain him, it provided a pastime for caregivers and was a great conversation starter for guest who came to visit.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Terrific

          By 

          from DC

          About Me Educator, Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use
          • Educational
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Interactive
          • Thought Provoking

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family

            Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

            Really fun.....

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            very cool

            By 

            from Oshkosh, Wi

            About Me Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Fun
            • Interactive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adults
              • Children
              • Family

              Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

              Great gift for a teen! Challenging and entertaining

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fabulous puzzle/gift

              By 

              from Orinda, Ca

              About Me Avid Gamer, Parent

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Amusing
              • Can Withstand Use
              • Easy To Play
              • Educational
              • Entertaining
              • Fun
              • Interactive
              • Thought Provoking

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adults

                Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                I gave two of these as birthday presents. One went to my sister who loves all kinds of puzzles; the other went to our son-in-law who is a mechanical engineer.
                Both recipients went bonkers over this gift as it was lots of fun and their spouses enjoyed doing the puzzle as well. So I rate this a super gift for the right person.
                Also it was larger than I expected, which was nice.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes, Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

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                5.0

                great purchase=competition

                By 

                from Upper peninsula of Michigan

                About Me Avid Gamer, Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Entertaining
                • Thought Provoking

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family

                  Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                  Enjoyed competition with gamers 12 and older and I am a grandma- college aged competitors timed their competition= healthy fun!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  5.0

                  Very satisfied with product ----success

                  By 

                  from Upper Peninsula of Michigan

                  About Me Parent

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • College Students Stumped
                  • Entertaining

                  Cons

                  • Fun

                  Best Uses

                  • Age 10 And Over

                  Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                  Clever, imaginative and competitive fun

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Ages 7 - 100!

                  By 

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Thought Provoking

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adults

                    Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                    Even though the packaging says this is fun for 7 year old, don't be fooled. My "50-something" husband is pulling his hair out with it. The only thing that could make this better is if the puzzle was packaged with the strings knotted up so that the fun can begin immediately. As it is, the puzzle comes fully solved and the first thing the player has to do is mess it up. It's well-made and easy to hold in your hands while playing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    This was a fun puzzle for a family membe

                    By 

                    from IN

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Can Withstand Use
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Educational
                    • Entertaining
                    • Fun
                    • Interactive
                    • Self Contained
                    • Thought Provoking

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adults
                      • Children
                      • Family

                      Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                      My family member loves to work this puzzle. It's challenging and fun.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Delivered promptly.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Child
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Great gift

                      By 

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Parent, Thrifty

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Play
                      • Educational
                      • Entertaining
                      • Fun
                      • Thought Provoking

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adults
                        • Children
                        • Family

                        Comments about BRAINSTRINGS:

                        Entertaining

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes, Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Child
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                        Q and A

                        When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                        366votes, 41 comments

                        er
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I hope you carry this- my brother in law would love it!

                        TM
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great price too!

                        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                        It wouldn't be a stretch to see this colorful puzzle in our assortment! We think it would make a great gift for anyone who loves a good brain teaser. Does it have your vote?

                        Roberta
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great price and it looks like a lot of fun.

                        Dawn
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love this! I'd take 2! It would look great sitting on my desk and would be a good thing to fiddle with during conference calls.

                        Brooke
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks like fun.

                        Ron
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks like fun!!!

                        Sandra
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This looks very challenging. I love puzzles.

                        Debby
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Could be lots of fun

                        Malorie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This is cool, but would annoy the hell out of me!!!

                        Jessica
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cool, but not a fan of supporting China over America.

                        falicia
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This would be an awesome stocking stuffer for my husband! carry!

                        Aubrey
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        This would be a great gift for a couple of my friends!

                        CHRISTIE
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Made to make U think!! Love it!!!! Great for an office gift!!!

                        Barbara
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I like the design and the challenge. Great gift.

                        Grace
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I have a puzzle fiend (I mean, friend) that would love this. Price is excellent too!

                        Kate
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Made in china

                        Renee
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I would love to add this game to my collection.

                        Nanette
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        kids may like it. Looks like a good stocking stuffer

                        Mary
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        the next rubix cube!

                        Christine
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        If it was made in the USA, I might have voted for it.

                        Jan
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Fun.

                        Annemarie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Fun!

                        Debi
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I have a grandson and his Dad who would just love this! Price is good too!

                        Yanina
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks like a lot of fun! and a great price

                        Cara
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Wish it was made in USA

                        shari
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        It looks good too - a good desk top gift!

                        Suzan
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        the price is OK for plastic, but don't trust the quality because it's made in China

                        Kristin
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks like fun, would love to try to figure it out

                        Collyn Ann
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Brainteasers are my favorite. As long as it's sturdy, it gets an A+.

                        Rebecca
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Like everything except that it is made in China.

                        Jacqueline
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Looks interesting and like a challenge for those who want to keep their brains active (and who enjoy puzzling activities!). The colors are nice on this as well. The next Rubicks Cube, perhaps?

                        Tna
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Neat idea and comparable price for "brain games".

                        Marie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        great price

                        Bettsie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        What happens when one ends up with knots? Is there a start over button. Or an "I give UP" button?

                        Marion
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Great item for lovers of puzzles

                        elizabeth
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love it... great gift!

                        Judy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cool!! For this price I would buy it!

                        Trish
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love it and great price!!

                        Adrienne
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cool. Visually pulls you in

                        Sheila
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Made in China.

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