I have made a cube of the first net in a 3D viewer. I advise clicking on 'view in 3D'.
This may be helpful in Step 1...
To start with, the top tells us we need to use a thin pen and not a thick one, and a paint fill tool.
It appears that Alconja couldn't understand the instructions so instead posted it here in hope of rep...
(@graaaarg solved most of this)
Well it seems we need to look on the packaging to find out what cubes there are. However Alconja thoughtlessly threw away the packaging:
'I already opened the puzzle, and discarded the packaging'
So it looks like we have to deduce which cubes are the correct ones.
It can't be the following:
- 1. because the orientation of the black V relative to the grey triangle doesn't match the corresponding 3-piece.
- 4. because the grey side would need to be opposite of the black diagonal after assembling the 6-piece.
- 5. because when the grey hexagon and the black right angle are adjacent as pictured, the top of the cube would be the grey circle.
- 6. because the orientation of the black diagonal relative to the gray square doesn't match the 6-piece.
So it can only be RS-02 or RS-03.
BOTH are viable, so one will be ruled out later...
Once we have the two cubes we appear to need to place them on the grid...
The top face of the left cube goes in the top left corner as demonstrated by the diagram and the top face of the right hand cube goes in the bottom left corner.
This rules out RS-02 as the 6 piece is on the right and hence wouldn't fit. So we need to fit in RS-03
However we also need to follow the rule below:
The lock appears to be on one of the 3 piece components:
And the key is on one of the tiles:
So when the cubes go on the tiles then the piece with the lock needs to go on like this:
And if we rub a bit out we can see:
The key going into the lock exactly like the instructions say:
So the 6 piece has to go on as following:
But then this doesn't make sense regarding the lock and key...
So what if this was a Sliding Puzzle?
The puzzle never tells us to fill in every square...
So the tiles should go on like this:
This would then make sense for the instructions in Step 4
All drawing instructions (steps 3 & 5) connect various dots together via lines. Importantly, they use shapes to represent the tile in question and other hints to indicate which dots need connecting, so:
In the first step, we draw from the dot marked "A" in the semi-circle tile, to the dot marked "D" in the hexagon tile. The second step shows that we have to connect the two triangle tiles using the dots in their centres.
This is what we get:
As mentioned above, the arrows are the directions we have to slide tiles into the empty space.
The 4th arrow is interpreted as slide right and rotate 270 degrees
@BmyGuest kindly supplied a visual walkthrough of each row:
Note that the penultimate step was missed by accident
So we end up with this:
As with step 3, we have two lines to draw. The first runs from the lone dot marked with an "E" (on the filled triangle tile), through the centre of the tile represented by the hollow diamond, and continuing off the edge (note that there is no dot at the end of the dashed line).
The second line shows a line drawn between two large shapes. These shapes are the top quadrants of an asterisk and a solid diamond, indicating we should draw a line from the top dot between these tiles and their shared centre dot.
At this point, the puzzle looks like this:
(note that this image shows a line incorrectly drawn on the left side of the "*" tile, when it should actually appear along the bottom edge due to the rotation that occurred during step 4)
These are also sliding instructions, showing the movement of the "hole"...
After rotating in step 6 we have to fill the area surrounding the asterisk, bounded by any drawn lines, with grey:
This is a rebus (solved mostly by @WesleySitu and @Deusovi)
It shows 'wrote eight', 'back' and 'won third' which is:
Rotate back one third
There has only been one previously rotated tile so we have to rotate that back by 1/3 of what it was originally rotated (i.e back 1/4 of a revolution).
@ffao showed some brilliant thinking to solve this.
All the numbers are 1 to 12, and the dot represents 9 (or more specifically the hole where the 9 tile would be if there was one). We can order this as such:
3 4 11 8
1 5 . 2
10 12 6 7
So if we reorder tiles to (again, with the gap in the 9 slot):
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Doing steps 8 and 9:
@DanRussell was quick to get the answer:
Given the fact that we were explicitly told to use a 'thin' pen and not a thick one, the final image is a thin 'k', outside of a box, or:
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Thanks to all who helped in chat...