Tantrix Timeline: (from the Tantrix website)
1988: The first version of Tantrix was called The Mind Game, named after the inventor's game shop. It used 56 cardboard pieces with a yellow background and lines of only two colours - red and black. The strange hexagonal playing board folded three ways into a diamond shape, which determined the shape of the box. A couple of thousand sets were silk screened in Chile and shipped back to New Zealand to test out sales in the inventor's shop. A second edition was published the following year. This time an offset printing process was used, along with a number of minor improvements. An experiment with the first plastic version of the Mind Game followed a year later.
1991: The board was discontinued, the name changed to Tantrix and the tiles upgraded to amino resin. The first few thousand games were hand-painted by the inventor in his garage in Christchurch and sold in a flat hexagonal box. Two more colors were added, allowing the game to be played by up to four players.
Early Tantrix games contained 8 tiles known as "Triple Intersections" (3 straight lines) - a legacy of the Mind Game. These tiles could only fit 3 different forced spaces because of their bilateral symmetry, and consequently slowed down the game. After plenty of play testing the decision was made to remove TI's in 1992.
2000: The Tantrix Game Pack, the flagship product. It was a major improvement compared to the previous "Classic" set, the most significant advance being the engraved numbers on the back of each tile for easier identification. The Game Pack includes the best puzzles and games from over 20 years of Tantrix development, such as the Discovery, the Super 5 Puzzles, the 2 "Unsolved Puzzles" and of course the multiplayer strategy game itself. A complete set of 56 tiles can also be split up into 5 individual "Rainbow Puzzles" according to the colour-coding on the reverse of each tile.
2005: Magnetic Tantrix. The designs on the 56 tiles the same as those found in the Tantrix Game Pack. However, the numbers on the back of the Magnetic Tantrix tiles are all white, as opposed to being color-coded. This makes the Discovery puzzles in this set more challenging, and also means that the five "Rainbow puzzles" of the Game Pack are not included.
2006: Pocket Tantrix, a lightweight travel version of the Game Pack, inspired by the inventor's mountaineering friends. The pocket edition contains all the puzzles and games of the standard-sized set, yet only weighs 120 grams. The tiles are still hand painted and made from virtually unbreakable high density plastic.