The Yot a while back, and have been wanting to try The Yot II ever since. It looks quite similar, so I wondered how it would be different. The folks at Puzzle Master were kind enough to sell me a copy at a discount to review. Thanks!
The Yot II is a bit thicker than the original YOT, but is otherwise identical. It is quite well made out of aluminum and has an unusual appearance that invites folks to play with it. As with the original, it has a trapped coin that you are trying to remove.
Before even getting the puzzle, I had a guess about how it would work, based on the fact that it was a bit thicker. Unfortunately, I was correct! This was a bit of a let-down, since I pretty much just took it out and opened it immediately. If you don't have this flash of inspiration, it may take a bit of time, but I think most people will come to the same conclusion fairly quickly if they are familiar with The Yot. A friend of mine who is fairly good with puzzles expressed similar disappointment when he found the solution fairly quickly.
The reason I tend to like puzzles that look similar but operate differently is that it really stretches your imagination about how many different mechanisms can be contained in a puzzle with the same appearance. In this sequel, they could have gone in a completely different direction, but it is quite similar to the original.
If you have The Yot already, it is probably not worth getting The Yot II since they are so similar. If you have neither, I'd probably recommend The Original Yot: it is cheaper and more fun to show people since you can open it right in front of them without them knowing what you did! However, if you're looking for a bit more of a challenge for yourself, you can try The The Yot II first so knowledge of the original Yot doesn't make things easier for you!
To read more, check out Jeff and Jerry's reviews of The Yot II.
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