Brainstrings

Challenge your mind with this knotty little puzzle by Dutch inventor Guido Lap.

$17.00

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.

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

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UncommonGoodsBrainstrings
 
4.4

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (67)
  • Fun (60)
  • Thought provoking (44)
  • Educational (42)
  • Can withstand use (33)

Cons

  • Boring (3)

Best Uses

  • Family (62)
  • Adults (55)
  • Children (44)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (49), Educator (13), Avid gamer (9), Thrifty (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (119), No (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (60), Other (8), Birthday (7)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hours and hours of fun

By 

from Chandler, AZ

About Me Parent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Can Withstand Use
  • Challenging
  • Educational
  • Entertaining
  • Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family

    Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

    My husband got this for Christmas from one of the kids and we all fought about who got to play with it first. It's really interesting looking and at first you think it will be super easy to solve, but it took us several days and multiple tries to get it solved the first time around. Very interesting puzzle.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
     
    4.0

    Fun product

    By 

    from Escondido, CA

    About Me Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Entertaining

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family

      Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

      Exciting gift

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun gift idea

      By 

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Entertaining

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family

        Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

        The recipient loved it and had it open before he had opened some of the other gifts.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
         
        5.0

        Fun Gift!

        By 

        from Erie PA

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Can Withstand Use
        • Challenging
        • Entertaining
        • Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Family
          • Travel

          Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

          I bought this as a Christmas gift and ended up playing with it myself as well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good toy, could be better quality

          By 

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Challenging
          • Entertaining
          • Fun

          Cons

          • Weak construction

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Family

          Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

          I had gifted it to my partner's father for Christmas, and right after taking it out of the wrapping, my partner's mom exclaimed that she loves puzzles. Subsequently, each person who walked by the living room table would pick it up and try to solve the puzzle. A few days later, it became a personal challenge and competition for my partner's mom and brother, where they would challenge each other to solve the puzzle. Only downside was that we noticed a cord that looked like it was detaching from one of the heads after a few plays. Good to buy as a gift for an individual, and it will get picked up by the family! Its unique design makes it hard not to wonder what it is on a tabletop. #sweepstakes

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Brainstrings

          By 

          from Sydney, Australia

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Challenging
          • Entertaining

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adults

            Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

            Boyfriend loves activities like this, kept him occupied for hours.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary
             
            5.0

            It made Christmas

            By 

            from Port Angeles WA

            About Me Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Fun
            • Interactive

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Family

            Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

            He thoroughly loved it. The whole family played with it all day long.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            This is an excellant Brain Teaser!

            By 

            from Lakeville MN

            About Me Grandparent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Challenging
            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Fun
            • Interactive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family

              Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

              It's a great sit down brain teaser that didn't involve using an Electronic Device!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah
               
              3.0

              I do not think I would buy this again.

              By 

              from Dayton Ohio

              About Me Grandparent

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Can Withstand Use
              • Challenging
              • Educational

              Cons

              • Too Difficult

              Best Uses

              • Adults

              Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

              We never really figured it out - how to get the "knot" set in the middle, to then be un-done.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Yes

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah
               
              3.0

              Somewhat disappointed

              By 

              from Arlington, TX

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Interactive

              Cons

              • Not as "uncommon" as thought

              Best Uses

              • Adults

              Comments about UncommonGoods Brainstrings:

              I thought this was an "uncommon" good, but it was found available several places. I thought it would be better if it were already scrambled. Seems that the person scrambling would just have to "unscramble" and doesn't seem that difficult.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes

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