Design

Tricky da Vinci puzzle for engineers

A thick book from wood, whose Seiten contain mysterious mechanics and tough puzzles: This is the “Codex Silenda”, with a young game designers will inspire ambitious puzzler. Apparently works out, anyway target in a crowdsourcing campaign exceed already five times.

It is reminiscent of the complex machinery designed by Leonardo da Vinci: Gewirre from cog, labyrinthine passages, this still mysterious characters. And all made of wood, put together a book that looks from the outside like a treasure chest.

“Codex Silenda”, “Codex of Secrets” Brady Whitney calls his invention. The young industry and game designers from the United States wanted to develop a puzzle, which is not as simple as the cheap on the market and not as expensive as the better.

Super laser cutter is still missing

It is not yet clear how much now the Codex will cost Silenda on public sale. Who participated in the project via the Crowdfunding site Kickstarter, had to invest at least $150, to secure one of the first copies. And which are to be delivered this year as promises Whitney.

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Photo: Brady Whitney

For the series production he should have enough money, because the funding goal of $30,000 has already far surpassed the crowd with more than 170,000 dollars. Whitney wants to procure especially high-power laser cutter, which he can to connect the wooden puzzles in his small company itself. And because their capabilities with high-tech are limited, the inventor assumes no pre-orders.

Characters to decode

The marketing trick to the Codex Silenda is that he likewise appeals to puzzle freaks, technophiles and the fans of medieval mysteries. The wooden book tells the story of an apprentice in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. Who wants to move a page, must first solve the puzzle of the previous or look out the mechanical puzzle.

Tricky da Vinci puzzle
The first page of the mysterious book shows a mechanical IRIS. The player must first find out what mechanism prevents the IRIS out to open. Until then he can proceed to the second page. Photo: Brady Whitney

For example, the first page shows a mechanical IRIS. The player must first find out what mechanism prevents the IRIS out to open. Page appears two more tricky: it shows a maze, the first page shows a mechanical IRIS. The player must first find out what mechanism prevents the IRIS out to open.

obscured by a rotating disk
The second page of the book shows a maze, which is but largely obscured by a rotating disk. Applies also here: only if this task is resolved, it continues on the next page. Photo: Brady Whitney

Page appears two more tricky: it shows a maze, which is but largely obscured by a rotating disk. The player must the disc and at the same time a clip move so that he finds his way through the maze, although he can usually did not see him. On the last two pages are even characters in the game, which must be decrypted that match but no known language.

You can even produce book

When the puzzle to have actually will be, remains to be seen. Still, there’s some development needs, at least for two of the five sites is Whitney. But if it is so far, then there will be still a special, that could inspire particularly playful engineers: for only $80, the pure data should then be to have, for the production of the book. So you have to feed only the computer. If you have just a super powerful laser cutter at hand.

rotating disk
The second page of the book shows a maze, which is but largely obscured by a rotating disk. Applies also here: only if this task is resolved, it continues on the next page. Photo: Brady Whitney

Blueprint of Leonardo as Vinci took students at end of 2015 as a base to install a bridge made of ice in Finland. She should be the longest bridge in the world ever made out of ice and is covered by a rotating disk.

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Paradoxical slices, it is on page 4 of the wood book Codex Silenda. Photo: Brady Whitney

The player must the disc and at the same time a clip move so that he finds his way through the maze, although he can usually did not see him. On the last two pages are even characters in the game, which must be decrypted, that match to not-known language.