I’m sure there will be people complaining that this is just an unboxing video on steroids, but I think the genre of YouTube videos where people solve puzzle boxes is really cool. Here’s the most recent one I watched which involved a $30,000 puzzle box. It’s part of a series of linked puzzle videos with an overarching time travel storyline. I’m personally not much of a fan of time travel as a genre, but I am a sucker for puzzles with storylines, so this was totally up my alley.
In a way, I vicariously enjoy other people having fun with solving clever puzzles that I have no access to, but I’m also fascinated by the thought and engineering that goes into making those puzzles. I think coming up with the puzzles would be easier than the actual construction. But writing the storyline would be kind of tricky, too. How would you make it so that it feels like the puzzle is part of a larger fictional world without it becoming cheesy?
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I think it would be interesting to make an entire house a puzzle game. And I think puzzle boxes would certainly be part of that. Come to think of it, if someone actually made a TV show with a bunch of people trapped in a house or castle and the focus was on solving puzzles cooperatively rather than gossip and backstabbing, it would probably be one of the few reality shows I’d consider watching.