March 12, 2000
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“Let me try!” “I wanna play!” There is something very engaging about
these online jigsaw puzzles. Try playing one, and see what happens when a
family member walks by and sees what’s on the screen. The puzzles vary
from easy to ridiculously difficult â€“ and either require the free Shockwave
download (http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/) or a Java-enabled
Fish Jigsaw Rambler
These four timed-play Freddi Fish Shockwave jigsaws range from Tadpole
(twelve easy pieces) to Shark (fifty-six puzzle pieces.) There’s even a
contest, so you can enter your fastest times to be displayed on the Top
Wranglers board. For more Freddi Fish fun (brought to you by kids software
publisher Humongous Entertainment), click on “Back to the Hoe Down.”
Wow! Shockwave Jigsaw Puzzle Maker not only allows you to solve their
jigsaws, but also to create jigsaw puzzles from your own photos. And after
you’ve created your personal jigsaw puzzle, you can save it locally to play
offline (using the free Shockwave Shockmachine download) or email it to
friends and family. Now, instead of simply emailing your baby pictures (or
wedding photos or vacation pix), you can send them as jigsaw puzzles!
There is a fine line, however, between delight and frustration, so use this
feature with caution.
Jigzone is the grand daddy of online jigsaw puzzle sites. They have a
huge inventory of Java puzzles at all levels of difficulty, feature a new
picture daily, and allow you to email puzzles to friends. But what I liked
best was being able to control both the number of pieces and their shape.
For example, start with their puzzle of the day. Is the sixty-seven piece
classic a tad too difficult or perhaps too easy? Click on Shapes and
choose your own level of difficulty from among thirty-three choices,
ranging from a six-piece classic (preschool easy) to 240 square pieces (for
serious puzzle enthusiasts only!)
This collection of colorful children’s Java jigsaws is arranged into
twelve topics (such as Aliens, Pet Parade and Big Sports.) Many of the
puzzle illustrations were created by other MaMaMedia kids. You can submit
your own computer-created drawing via email too, as long as you register
first. All of the puzzles are a twelve-piece design, and you can choose
among four different shapes by clicking Change Shapes. If you need a bit
of help, click Hint to get the puzzles pieces outlined on the puzzle
Scrambler for Kids
Scrambler is a Java tiled-jigsaw that is fun for the whole family
because you are timed as you play at one of three levels of difficulty.
Easy divides the picture into nine tiles, medium into
twelve, and hard into sixteen tiles. Little ones will need help choosing a
picture, then pressing “Load” and “Scramble”. But as soon as they see the
scrambled tiles, they will understand what to do next. Can you beat your
preschooler? Those little mouse clickers can be fast!