Capsule Review: Puzzle Book

Technically a jigsaw puzzle video game.

A basically-serviceable jigsaw puzzle game with serious limitations.

I can live with the small number of puzzles (34), as perplexing as that is when it should be easy to just get more images. I’m less happy with the fact that while a number of the puzzles are beautiful paintings, many of them look like they belong in a coloring book. It’s also disappointing how uniform the cut patterns are - every piece is clearly a square with each side getting an identically-shaped tab or blank. And while you can choose how many pieces the puzzle gets split into, it maxes out at only sixty.

But the worst bit is that the game only presents you with a few pieces at once, and you can only place them directly into the grid. There’s no sifting through the pieces to find all the corners and then building up the sides, no looking for distinctive parts of the image and building those up in isolation before joining them with the rest. It’s a very limited way to implement puzzles that robs it of much of the fun.

I Stopped Playing When: I played once, solved a few puzzles, and felt no particular desire to return.

Docprof's Rating:

One Star: Not for me. While there might be someone out there who'd enjoy this game, I was actively repulsed by it or just found nothing to latch on to.

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