Drive Ya Nuts is a puzzle game created by Milton Bradley in 1970. The objective of Drive Ya Nuts is to arrange the seven pieces so the numbers on each piece are situated next to the same number on the pieces that they touch.
My Thoughts on Drive Ya Nuts
After solving Drive Ya Nuts I have to admit that I don’t really have strong feelings either way about the puzzle. I had some fun with Drive Ya Nuts. I like that the puzzle is straight and to the point. You basically just place the pieces on the board in a way where all of the numbers that touch are the same. Drive Ya Nuts is one of those puzzles that you can pick up and work on when you have a few minutes to kill.
The problem with Drive Ya Nuts is that like too many puzzles it relies almost entirely on trial and error. Before resorting to trial and error I tried several different approaches in order to eliminate the trial and error element and yet none of them really worked. This basically leaves you with the option of trying different combinations until you find one that ultimately works. The thing I like most about puzzles is the sense of accomplishment you have when you figure out how to solve them. Drive Ya Nuts doesn’t really have that sense of accomplishment since to solve the puzzle you just rearrange the pieces until you find a combination that works.
Another potential problem with Drive Ya Nuts is with the components themselves. While the gameboard and pieces are sturdy, the same can’t be said for the numbers on the pieces. The numbers are just painted onto the pieces. This wouldn’t be a problem except that they tend to fade off quicker than you would expect. This will eventually lead to a problem where you won’t even be able to do the puzzle if you can’t see the numbers on all of the pieces. If the numbers start fading off you have to find some way of writing the numbers back onto the pieces.
How to Solve Drive Ya Nuts
I will admit that there isn’t a lot of advice that I can give to help you solve Drive Ya Nuts. There really isn’t a strategy to solving the puzzle since Drive Ya Nuts mostly relies on trial and error. Basically you have to keep attempting different solutions until you find the correct solution.
I knew that Drive Ya Nuts was going to rely heavily on trial and error so I tried to come up with a way to limit the amount of trial and error. What I did was analyze each piece to see all of the different combinations of numbers appearing next to one another. I thought I could use this information to see what combinations were most prevalent which would give me some idea of what options would be best to start with. Through my analysis I determined the combinations 1, 3; 1, 6 and 2, 6 don’t appear on any of the pieces (at least for the 1970 version). Other than knowing what combinations could never work when placing pieces, I didn’t really learn anything from this analysis.
Since there really isn’t much of a strategy to the puzzle, you might want to just approach it by randomly placing pieces hoping to get them all in the correct positions. Unless you are lucky though this is likely going to lead to a long and frustrating process. The best advice that I can give you is to approach the puzzle with a methodical process.
I approached Drive Ya Nuts by first placing one of the pieces in the middle of the board. I thought this was the best way to approach the puzzle since you could then add try to add one piece to each side of the piece in the middle. I started with matching a piece to the one side of the middle piece and then going clockwise around all of the sides. When I ran into a situation where I couldn’t proceed I removed one piece at a time counter-clockwise until I got to a situation where I could try a different piece. Once all of the potential options for the middle piece had been tried, I put a new piece in the middle. Using this process I eventually came to the solution. I would recommend that you come up with some way of keeping track of which pieces you have already tried in order to avoid trying the same pieces over again.
Unless I missed a potential strategy, Drive Ya Nuts is basically a puzzle built around trial and error. You might be able to luck into the right answer quicker but the best strategy is just follow a methodical process trying all of the different options until you find the one that actually works. If you are stuck and can’t find a solution, here is the solution for Drive Ya Nuts that I came up with. I don’t know if there are other solutions to the puzzle.
Should You Purchase Drive Ya Nuts?
I am not exactly sure what I think about Drive Ya Nuts. The puzzle is easy to pick up and try. The concept is straightforward and is kind of fun. I have never been a huge fan of puzzles that rely almost entirely on trial and error though. Basically the only strategy you can implement in Drive Ya Nuts is to use a methodical process where you try every possible option until you find the actual solution. Unless I am missing something there really is nothing you can do to further speed up solving the puzzle other than getting lucky and finding the correct solution.
I personally wouldn’t say that Drive Ya Nuts is a great or bad puzzle. If you don’t really care for puzzles that mostly rely on trial and error I don’t think Drive Ya Nuts is going to be for you. If you don’t mind trial and error puzzles though and can get a good deal on Drive Ya Nuts it may be worth picking up.