38951 Connect with Pieces Puzzle The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey 700 Pieces e1360298243512 WizKids announces puzzle strategy game Connect with Pieces

With the New York Toy Fair coming next week, WizKids is busy making announcements.  Today they announced what I believe is a new genre, the puzzle building game.  The series is called Connect with Pieces.

Leading entertainment conglomerate and game creator NECA/WizKids is taking puzzle gaming to a new level, today announcing Connect With Pieces™, an upcoming puzzle building platform and game combining strategy and challenge designed by Joel Weinshanker, president and COO at NECA and board game designer Mike Elliott.

“Our goal has been to drive innovation within the puzzle category,” said Weinshanker. “Puzzles have been a long-time popular past-time and we wanted to find ways to make them a little more dynamic and competitive, offering a fun yet challenging experience for puzzle gamers.”

While I would normally be skeptical, this is designed by Mike Elliot.  He definitely has a lot of game design experience.  While the Breaking Dawn puzzle won’t apply to most of us, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings themed puzzles should.  They aren’t very expensive either, which may make it a fun weekend diversion.  Take a look at the full Press Release for more details.