# Eternity II - WOW What a Game - More Addictive Than a Rubics Cube, Tantalising as Sudoku

**game**/

**puzzle**that is more

**addictive**

**than**a

**Rubics**

**Cube**, more frustrating

**than**the Quality Street jigsaw I bought my other half for Christmas last year and bound to be a fantastic seller this festive season.

# Buy Now...

As my daughter and I eagerly unwrapped the package our copy of Eternity II came in we couldn't wait to rip off the cling film and get going. Four hours later we were still at the dining table having zoomed ahead on several occasions, only to find ourselves having to backtrack again.

The feeling is just like when you find you have one stray white **cube** in the middle of a face of green squares on your **Rubics** **Cube**. In the case of Eternity II the manufacturers, **Tomy**, have added an incentive of a US $2,000,000 reward for the first person to solve the **puzzle**. Actually everyone who solves it by a certain date goes into a prize draw and it's the first correct solution out of the hat on draw date that wins - so I'm guessing it's not impossible to crack eventually.

If you are a lover of **Sudoku**, or any of those brainteasing type of **puzzle**, you should love Eternity II.

So what is the Eternity II?

It's a **puzzle** to be solved on a grid of squares. 256 squares to be precise. Each **puzzle** piece is split into four triangles with half a pattern on each of the four faces. You start by placing the only clue square in the middle. Then you place the grey edged squares around the edge of the board. Beware there is definitely more **than** one way just to get the edge pieces right, and you can't know at the beginning whether you've done this or not. Then you have to match adjacent sides of each piece to make a full pattern when you match the pieces together. Sound easy enough? Definitely not!!

When you think you've done it - you write down your solution on a provided form and post it off to the manufacturers. No need to rush - you have plenty of time. The deadline for solutions is 31st December 2008.

If the thought of 256 pieces, each capable of being placed in any of 256 locations, and each of which has one of four rotations (any mathematicians out there?) is a little daunting then **Tomy** do offer a little help. They make you work for it though - the help comes in the form of two smaller **puzzle**s - called 'clue **puzzle**s'. These follow the same rules as their bigger cousin. Clue **puzzle** 1 comprises 36 pieces (how hard can it be). Clue **puzzle** 2 is larger at 72 pieces. Each clue **puzzle** you solve gives you another clue piece on the main **puzzle**. That would give you three known pieces, which should surely bring you closer to that big prize?

Hopefully I've managed to convey the daunting challenge posed by this **puzzle**. You'll need time to play this **game** - so Christmas, bank holidays and summer holiday evenings are a great time to start your attempt. You'll need a table or board where you can leave it between sessions, just like any good jigsaw **puzzle**. And unless you are a genius, you're not likely to finish it in just one sitting!

For those of you lost in my description - **Tomy** provide a free small on-line version that only has 16 pieces. Yep - that's all. Just 16 pieces. Click on this link and play the on-line version or click on the **puzzle** piece above.
Give it a try and leave a comment below on how well (or badly!) you did!
**Can you beat my time of 2 minutes 44 seconds?**

A **game** for all the family to be able to dip in and out of, and great to while away the hours for bored kids.

To keep up to date with Eternity II **Tomy** have developed a special web-site dedicated to the product :
http://uk.eternityii.com/ (that's the UK version)

Only just out at the end of July, price from Amazon for the main **puzzle** , with a chance of winning big, is £34.99 :

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## Comment by jjheap, Oct 16, 2010 20:23

Perhaps you need to read my orginal posting again, I am asking for the clue puzzles 3 and 4; I could offer you clue 1 and 2 if you were nice.

I could also, again if you were nice, offer you the 200+ pieces that I have fitted in (best solution to date , but it'll do you no good as it is wrong somewhere in the 1st 23 pieces (that's how far my algorithm has back tracked to date) so it'll do you no good.

Happy solving.