ToysBulletin.com reviews a new type of puzzle from Thinkfun Inc.
“Houdini” is another one-player game of skill from Thinkfun. This time around a player is able to actually become Harry Houdini, or at least sort of. The game includes 40 different escape challenges, using a trap cage, 2 ropes, a lock, 2 rings and a “Houdini” flexible figure with body and legs. In addition, there is even a handy travel bag for Harry and all the accessories.
There are 10 beginner, 10 intermediate, 10 advanced and 10 expert challenges, but it is best to start with the beginner challenges, no matter how much you consider yourself a master of escape. After selecting a challenge, the instructions illustrate exactly how to set things up. For example, in beginner challenge #1, the “Houdini” figure is placed adjacent to the trap cage, a rope is looped between his legs, while its metal clasps are attached to brackets on the trap cage. Houdini’s hands and feet are always chained together to make things even more difficult. A player must somehow free Harry without undoing the clasps, and all of the solutions can be done without exercising any force whatsoever. To make it a bit easier, there is unlimited time to free Harry, and once you have escaped, all that is left is to listen for the applause.