These instructions will explain how to play our Photo Jigsaw Puzzles, and also give you a few hints that should improve your playing experience. You can download each puzzle to your own computer and play with them at your leisure. It's not necessary to be online in order to play. Each one is a self-contained executable (.exe) program, so if virus software gives an alert, just indicate that it's okay to download. Then double-click in order to play. Our puzzles have performed satisfactorily on Windows XP 32 bit, Windows Vista 64 bit, and Windows 7 64 bit systems. See basic system requirements below. Have fun!
Click on any thumbnail or text link underneath to download a jigsaw puzzle to your computer. In a few seconds, a Dialog Box will appear. Press on the Save button and be sure to remember the location where you saved it. Double-click to open and run the puzzle game. Puzzles (300-500KB) are self-contained executable programs. No installation of any kind is necessary. Each is guaranteed to be free of spyware or malicious intent.
How To Play
When the puzzle first opens, all pieces will be scattered across the playing surface in a random order. Drag each piece by single left-clicking on it and continue pressing the left mouse button while it is being moved. When selected, a Soft Shadow will appear around the edges to let you know that it is selected. You can move several pieces at once by drawing out a rectangular Bounding Box over those pieces. They will Turn Red when you release the mouse button. Drag them elsewhere.
Each piece can be rotated a full circle. Pieces in the first three sets have not been rotated. At the beginning, each of the scattered pieces will appear exactly as in the finished puzzle. The only motion necessary is sliding them around the playing area. In the Expert level puzzles, many of the pieces have been rotated at the start. In other words, a piece with a flat edge along the top might actually be a side or bottom piece. This adds a greater dimension to your puzzle pleasure. You will need to click both left and right mouse buttons to rotate. First click a piece with the left mouse button and keep it pressed. Then click the right mouse button for each 90 degree clockwise rotation.
There is a magnetic property of each piece, like many other games. When two pieces can be joined, they will snap together even though there might still be a small amount of space between them. After a successful join, a clicking sound will be issued, so turn up the volume on your audio controls. ALL JOINED PIECES FLOAT ABOVE ALL SCATTERED PIECES. If you nearly complete a puzzle but a few pieces are missing, drag the puzzle around to reveal the ones still underneath. Joined pieces cannot be broken apart. For your assistance there is a small Picture Box of the completed puzzle. It can be moved to any location, minimized, or removed. Four buttons across the bottom enlarge the picture to different sizes. Puzzles cannot be saved. You can minimize the entire puzzle in order to work in other computer programs but everything resets upon exit.
Hints & Tips
Many people try to connect all the edge pieces first and then work on similar color patterns in the middle. Establishing an outer boundary helps to spatially understand distances between inner colors. Try locating each corner piece and then strive to complete one edge, and then another, and then another until you have the whole outside border finished. Next, look for similar color patterns in the middle. Group all pieces with those colors in one area. Then, try connecting each group. One nice advantage over regular cardboard table top puzzles is that all joined pieces can be moved without everything falling apart. We tried not to create puzzles that are too difficult because the fun factor is soon lost. Only the Expert level will fully test your skill and patience.
Artistic Property Rights
In accordance with the United States adopting the Bern Convention in 1989, all photographs remain the artistic property of the original photographer whose name is affixed at the lower right-hand corner, and reserves all rights. No photograph, image, puzzle, software or derivative work may be resold, broadcast, transferred, redistributed, or incorporated into a collection for the purpose of a commercial interest; displayed inappropriately, modified, or edited in any manner.
Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT4/2000 or later, 486DX or Pentium (recommended), 8 MB RAM, 16-bit video display, 1024 screen resolution (see below), and mouse. Sound card is optional.
Note: Puzzles will function correctly at lower screen resolutions but will prove cumbersome to most people due to repeated scrolling. Each puzzle is about 900 pixels wide and nicely arranges inside a 1024 pixel wide monitor.