|JIGSAW PUZZLES AND GAMES TO PLAY FREE ONLINE|
Select one of the
images and you will have a sliced rectangular drag and drop jigsaw puzzle
to play with. Observe the details of the image before it is shuffled.
Every image or photo offers a menu option to select between 9 (3x3) and 80 (8x10) pieces jigsaw puzzles - easy or difficult. The menu also includes options for our Slider Puzzles.
The choices for Sliders
are from 9 (3x3) to 48 (6x8) pieces.
A jigsaw puzzle is a puzzle which requires the assembly of numerous small, rectangular or oddly-shaped interlocking pieces. Each piece has a small part of a picture on it; when complete, a jigsaw puzzle will produce a complete picture.
Jigsaw puzzles were originally created by painting a picture on a flat, rectangular piece of wood, and then cutting that picture into small pieces with a jigsaw, hence the name. Most modern jigsaw puzzles are made out of cardboard, since they are easier and cheaper to mass produce. An enlarged photograph or printed reproduction of a painting or other 2D artwork is then glued onto the cardboard before cutting. The pieces are punch-cut with complex metal dies.
Children's jigsaw puzzles come in a great variety of sizes, rated by the number of pieces. Adult jigsaw puzzles typically come in 500-piece and 1,000-piece sizes, and sometimes in 750 pieces, and occasionally 1,500 or 2,000 pieces. These are not the exact counts, which always slightly exceed these.
The uniform-shaped fully-interlocking puzzles are the most difficult, because the differences in shapes between pieces can be very subtle. Occasionally, some puzzles have bizarre cuts to make solving more interesting.
Some puzzles also have pieces with non-interlocking sides that are usually slightly curved in complex curves. These are actually the easiest puzzles to solve, since fewer other pieces are potential candidates for mating. However, a solved part is easily messed up by accidental shock etc.
The method of cutting pieces varies from puzzle line to puzzle line. Many puzzles are termed "fully-interlocking". This means that adjacent pieces are connecting such that if you move one piece horizontally you move all, preserving the connection. Sometimes the connection is tight enough to pick up a solved part holding one piece.
Some fully-interlocking puzzles have pieces all of a similar shape, with rounded tabs out on opposite ends, with corresponding blanks cut into the intervening sides to receive the tabs of adjacent pieces.
Other fully-interlocking puzzles may have tabs and blanks variously arranged on each piece, but they usually have four sides, and the numbers of tabs and blanks thus add up to four.
There are also three-dimensional
jigsaw puzzles. Many of these are made of wood and require the puzzle
to be solved in a certain order; some pieces will not fit in if others
are already in place. Also common are puzzle boxes: simple three dimensional
jigsaw puzzles with a small drawer or box in the center for storage.