2020 was the year of at-home hobbies and activities. All of sudden, the time that would’ve been spent commuting, shopping and hanging out with friends was all being spent at home. We had to find new ways to entertain ourselves while social distancing from others, keeping ourselves healthy and without completely losing our minds. It was a hefty challenge, but we all pulled through. Some of us went the fitness route and purchased new spin bikes, massage guns and dumbbells, while others flexed their green thumbs and decked out their apartment with plant friends. Some of us worked our way through our reading lists, and others parked our cabooses on the couch and worked through puzzles.
Puzzles are an incredible way to spend time because they’re beautiful to look at (for the most part), stimulating for the brain and can be done solo or with a group. They’re colorful, easy to set up and the process for putting them together is the same every time. However, not all puzzles are created equal. Far from it — some puzzles are made for adults, some are a leisurely 100 pieces and perfect for a family on vacation looking to bond over a cup of coffee. While others create the ultimate test in mental fortitude and emotional resilience, testing you and your patience to the very core. If you’re a diehard puzzler, the hardest puzzles on earth are here to test your limits and make you that much stronger, and we’ve gathered a plethora of ones you can purchase online below. Are you up to the challenge?
The hardest puzzles are hard in a wide variety of ways. Some use color, or really a lack thereof, to create difficulty. Some use shape, by being a circle rather than a rectangle, to make it harder to piece together due to the lack of corners. And others are just massive. Seriously, we’ve got puzzles on this list with piece counts in the thousands and tens of thousands, with the largest puzzle on earth weighing in at a whopping 51,300 pieces. So whether you’re a masochistic puzzle lover or have a friend you’d like to punish, these are the hardest puzzles available for purchase.