I have just bought, recieved and started on the solving of Triaphum's mastermorphix series, and I wanted to share my experience. Here is a link that shows pictures of Traiphum's fantastic puzzles: http://s643.photobucket.com/albums/uu15 ... 20morphix/
At what point does a puzzle become a work of art? I think I found it. The mastermorphix, as you know is really just a pyramindal shaped 3x3, solved much like a supercube because of the variable colored "centers." I always wondered how that would translate to a higher layered versions, as it would entail correct placement of the centers despite different colors and shapes of the pieces. The ultramorphix is the four layered version of this, and it too is solved just like a 4x4 supercube. Only it has the added challenge of the mastermorphix shape, which forces you to skew your perspective regarding the solve.
File comment: Megamorphinx, the 4x4 version of pyramophinx
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I next tackled the Ultramophix, which is the 5x5 version. This too was solved just like a 5x5 supercube, which made the solving the last two "centers" a challenge considering the unique shape. The movement is fantastic, and, not that I have anything against shapeways, but there's something about handling a handmade puzzle that is very satisfying.
File comment: Ultramophix in both pillowed and rouleaux forms
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And now I'm on the 7 layer version. This is the pinnacle of mastermophinx solving.
File comment: 7 layer pyramorphinx. Note the 5x5x5 "supercube" center!
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The unique thing about this puzzle is that it is the first example of a 7x7 supercube that I've attempted! The placement of the last two centers are a puzzle in itself, some pieces requiring specific orientation due to two colors, and some due to its shape. I am currently working on solving the last two centers, and struggling to come up with a variation on the algorithms for the centers of 4 and 5 layer supercubes cubes to apply. It's a perfect combination of a supercube strategy with a mastermorphinx structure and a 7 layer commitment.
Once again, Traiphum has designed and crafted a puzzle that goes beyond mere craftsmanship and enters into the relm of art. I'm also told that a 6 layer version, the "hexaphobic" mastermorphix is coming out, which may also add the even layer parity problems. These puzzles are well worth the investment, and represents, I believe, some of the best examples of craftsmanship, and very challenging solves. The puzzles are very durable (only one peice popped out of the 7 layer as I was solving it, which was easily placed back) as well. Triaphum has shown himself to be not only the master of the cuboid, but also of the mastermophix. Thanks for the great work you do and the hours of entertainment (and frustration at my own solving shortcomings
Now, I see the 7 layer mastermix is staring back at me, daring me to continue to try to place those last 2 centers, so, here goes nothing...