Jigsaw puzzles are fun, right? Except that when you’re assembling them, you can lose the pieces… you have to make sure nobody disturbs the puzzle in progress when you take a break for lunch or to go to work… and if you’ve got cats, you might as well forget the whole thing.
Of course, in this day and age, gamers can assemble jigsaw puzzles just like they do a lot of other things: on the computer. Independent developer Gaia Dream Creation takes it one step further in their newest game, Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2, by letting players design the puzzles themselves.
It’s a simple concept. Select a treasured image, and turn it into a puzzle. Most any image on the computer, be it a screenshot from a favorite movie or a drawing from elementary school art class, can be puzzle-fied for the player’s private amusement. The game also allows players to select the number of pieces, ranging from an easy twelve-piece puzzle to a brain-teasing 2,000-piecer, making it a fun activity for anyone old enough to use the computer.
In addition to the number of pieces, puzzles can be further customized by selecting interesting shapes. Players are also not restricted by the size of their computer screens, which might otherwise make the game tedious for those with visual difficulties. The easy zoom feature allows the player to get up close and personal with their puzzle, so they can more easily match the piece shape and color to the empty spots. The puzzle is displayed in 3D, allowing for ease of examination.
Available in both English and French, Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2 is priced at $19.95 USD. The download includes a free screensaver featuring realistic 3D puzzle animations. It’s available exclusively for PC gamers, and can run on Windows® XP, Vista, 7, or 8. Not quite ready to commit? A trial version has been prepared to pique interest. See what else Gaia Dream Creation has imagined by visiting their Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.