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4D Cityscape Time Puzzles

4D Cityscape Puzzles Inc.

Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $39.99

MSRP (USD): $39.99

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Our testers found that assembling this puzzle was a little overwhelming for 8 year olds. Even young teens enjoy the activity best as a family project.  More than one parent felt that $39.99 is a little pricey for a puzzle, but considering the 100+ miniature buildings - which like most board game components, are costly to manufacture - the $40 cost is not really out of line. 

What's special about these puzzles is that each recreates the skyline of a famous city (different city puzzles are sold separately). First you build the jigsaw base to map out the streets. Then it’s time to add the 100+ miniature 3D replicas of the iconic buildings that define the skyline. A poster-sized guide prompts you to add each building in the same sequence as it was originally built, so that you can see what the skyline looked like at any point in time: 1899… 1976… or even what it will look like a few years into the future. The whiole experience can enhance general knowledge with armchair “tours” of famous cities like Toronto, New York, London and many others – you can even check the website to learn more about the buildings. 




I have always liked doing puzzles, but this one was special, there where 2 levels so we build up  and then we added buildings.  I have been to Toronto once before and we visited the CN tower, I was totally lost in the city but with this puzzle it was like looking at a map and the roads started to make sense.  I want to go back to Toronto and see if the picutre I have in my brain is the same as reality.  We left the puzzle made up after cause it was fun to look at the city. it came iwth a magnifying glass and we could look closely a the  buildings and stuff. This is more than a puzzle you learn a lot.  I saw on the box that there are puzzles of other cities, wouldn't it be cool to make the puzzles and then visit the cities around the world, what an adventure!



This puzzle is very unique being a 4 dimentional game.  I did not participate in the building of the the base but helped with the insertion of the buildings.  At the beginning we found it extremely hard to figure out where to put the buildings on the map because the model buildings did not match the pictures on the chart perfectly, but then I discovered that each building had very small numbers on the bottom which corresponded to the number on the building chart and map location.  If we had not discovered this, I don't think we would have taken the time to complete this puzzle. This puzzle was educational in teaching me the names and times of streets and buildings.   



This puzzle was very unique in it's use of the "4th" dimention; "time". I built the first layer with my mother, and thought it was rather difficult. All of the pieces are all the same size and shape, so you couldn't just judge by that. we tried putting the map you're given under the puzzle, which worked a little, but the map was bigger than the puzzle, so we were constantly pulling the puzzle back and forth. But by far the most difficult part was matching the the buildings to their picture on the map. Quite often the pictures didn't look the same as the pieces, so it took a long time while we were doing it that way. My brother discovered that under the buildings is a tiny number telling you which building on the map it is. Without that, I don't think we would've been able to figure it out. It was interesting to see how much Toronto has changed, and the names of the buildings. For example, we found out that there was a group of very interestingly named buildings including "Neo" and "Matrix". All in all, a time consuming puzle, but very cool.



I liked doing this puzzle about Toronto.  It was fun to see different places near where I live.  It was my first time doing this kind of a puzzle.  My entire family worked on it together. It would have been too hard for me to do by myself.  It was really fun but took a long time.



The puzzle is really hard to do and couldn't finish it.  If I could have finished I think it would have been cool.  It's just too hard.



I found that it took a lot of time and patience fitting the puzzle together, because the pieces are much alike. I found in the end that after all my hard work and effort, there was a feeling of satisfaction seeing the final product. I did find it interesting identifying certain buildings and looking up what some unfamiliar buildings were.



It's fun because it's 3-d and it looks real with cool buildings like the CN tower. It looks like the map of the world. I like putting the pieces together that had words on it.



I just like putting the buildings together. It was a bit hard, but cool, because it's real. It's like you're a giant or in a plane looking down on the city.



liked making the puzzle at the beginning, my mom and my big sister was doing it with me.  I don't think I would have done it by myself, all the pieces fit wherever so I made quite a few mistakes, they all look the same.  I like that the puzzle was separated from level 1 and 2.  It would have been way too confusing to have the same 2 pieces.  I liked doing level 1 around the border and the water, that was my part, level 2 went faster because I remembered where I put the first pieces.  It was more fun to put the buildings up, that was easy. The water looks so pretty and blue when I said I wished we could go swim there Mom laughed, I don't get it.



There seem to be pieces missing. It is a cute idea and pretty educational, i.e. the history of Toronto. It's not a purely "entertaining" puzzle. It's really only a 3-D puzzle because I probably wouldn't bother to put the buildings down in order. It's just a map of Toronto in a puzzle, rather than something really original.



I just like putting the buildings together. It was a bit hard, but cool, because it's real. It's like you're a giant or in a plane looking down on the city.


Sue A.


This is a wonderful puzzle.  We tested the downtown Toronto version.  The puzzle itself is 2 layers of the city’s map with a third layer being the buildings which developed over time which is the 4th dimension.  My daughter (F15) and I enjoyed building the bottom layer of the puzzle.  My son (M13) did not enjoy this as much because the puzzle pieces are cut similarly so he made a few mistakes and did not like having to go back to fix them.  The second layer is a replica of the first layer with the exception of holes to allow for the insertion of the buildings.  I could not interest either of my kids to help with this layer.  My daughter did not like basically doing the same puzzle twice.  We did however all get together to complete the 3rd layer (buildings).  This task was so much easier when my kids discovered the each building has a number on the underside which corresponds to the map provided.  I could not see these numbers even with my glasses and the magnifying glass provided was also not enough for my old eyes.  We were therefore able to place the building by year and often stopped to see how the city has grown over time often relating the time to events such as when each person was born or times when we visited.  We also talked about how the city buildings mostly concentrated on the area by the city hall and expanded outwards over time and took the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the waterfront from industrial buildings to what it is now.  I enjoyed what this puzzle brought to the family and would love to try more cities. 

Liz H.


Initially, we were all very keen to attack this '4D puzzle', as it was our summer family project at the cottage.  This first layer was accomplished quite quickly; however, after that the puzzle became a little tedious and everyone's interest gradually declined. The second layer took a significant more amount of time and the kids were motivated by creating the buildings.  One things that we found frustrating about this puzzle was that pieces were of the same shape.  This was especially frustrating when completing areas of the same colour (e.g., the water). 

Joyce S.


I loved the concept but my daughter found the puzzle too hard to do.  The roads looked the same and while we did the water, not all the pieces are in the right spot.  If you can finish it, I'm sure it would be great.

Golda W.


The final product is actually quite impressive--it's quite a lovely view. All but one of the "missing" pieces turned up in the bag with the second layer of the puzzle, which covers the missing piece. It's possible that one piece bounced away at some point after we opened the box (the pieces can be quite springy!). It was a challenge to put togther, but the final result is, in the end, worth it. It looks almost like a helicopter skyline of the city. An interesting touch is the inclusion of buildings that have been planned, but not built yet. I wonder whether that is to keep the puzzle current for several years...

Marie-Lise H.


What a fantastic puzzle! it is so fascinating to create a city and find out about it's history at the same time. The kids (F8, M9, F11) went to Toronto this summer and saw the CN tower, the puzzle became much more than just fun, they where reliving the moment. The pieces are all the same and they all fit wherever you want, that's a first for me.


Manufacturer Description

Patented 4D puzzles that allow you to build cities. Build each puzzle over time and discover the 4th dimension (time). Product is competely educational and fun. 

We tested the Toronto version: This puzzle recreates Toronto's famous skyline, not only in three dimensions using scale-model buildings, but also along the fourth dimension of time. The puzzle includes 111 building replicas that depict the city as it appeared as far back as 1899 through to 2015 – over 100 years of architectural history. The puzzle includes iconic structures such as the CN Tower, Eaton Centre, First Canada Place, Old City Hall, the AGO, and Toronto City Hall. Each building fits into pre-cut holes in a traditional 2D jigsaw puzzle composed of 896 pieces that form the city’s geographical layout. The product includes a Time Poster that directs you through time as you rebuild Toronto’s skyline history. Assembled 18.5" L x 17” W x 4" H.


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  • 800 puzzle pieces