Jigsaw World, as you may have guessed from the title, is a jigsaw puzzle game on Facebook. If you’re the type of person who could happily spend hours building jigsaw puzzles, this game is just for you. Build, create and buy even more puzzles in Jigsaw World.
Building a puzzle in Jigsaw World is a whole lot like building a puzzle in the real world. You’ll start with a bunch of random pieces in a pile, and you get to start looking for connections, similar colors and border pieces from there. You can scroll around the board to pick up, find and sort individual pieces of the puzzle. A few buttons were added just to make building puzzles online an easier project. With these additional buttons, you can arrange loose pieces around the edge, arrange selected pieces, use the full screen mode and use a transparent puzzle guide.
Upon completing a puzzle in Jigsaw World, players receive XP, puzzle coins and the opportunity to see how long it took to complete the puzzle, your world puzzle rankings and those who have the fastest times on that puzzle. While the XP is a reward unto itself, just earning you different titles as you level up, the coins can be put to good use. Puzzle coins can be used at the in-game shop to purchase 10 to 50 puzzle sets with assorted or specific themes. The puzzle coins can also be purchased with real money. In case you don’t want to take the time to earn that many coins, don’t want to spend real money or just aren’t interested in what the shop has to offer, you can make your own jigsaw puzzles.
The create-your-own-puzzle feature of Jigsaw World is a great addition to the game and a personal favorite. Using pictures that you’ve already uploaded to Facebook or saved on your computer, you can create your very own jigsaw puzzle. To help customize the puzzle, you can give it a title, a description, the number of pieces and a message to publish upon completion. You can even send your jigsaw creations to friends to challenge them to beat your time.
Jigsaw World is an intelligently designed game that does its best to make building puzzles on the computer as fun as working anywhere else. While the game does save you long hours hunched over a table or sitting on the floor and you won’t have to constantly complain about the space taken up by a half-finished puzzle lying about, I’m still not certain that those benefits outweigh the costs of not getting to see a completed puzzle laid out in real life or of the teamwork that working on a puzzle together brings. It’s worth giving the game a shot if you enjoy puzzles though.