I have never been into puzzles. There are too many pieces to organize and it takes too long to complete one. After becoming a board game geek, I discovered that I like the idea of a game that creates the illusion of solving a puzzle. For example, you can argue that Pandemic is kind of a big puzzle, that is constantly changing and you are trying to figure out how to solve it.
When I heard about games like Carcassonne or in this case, Karuba, a tile laying game, at first I wasn’t that interested. They sounded too much like straight up puzzle building. I haven’t played Carcassonne yet, but I was definitely wrong about Karuba. It is much more than just putting puzzle pieces together.