Developer: Ravensburger Digital GmbH
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I’m not convinced there’s any game out there that could capture the joy that comes from clicking in the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. It’s too tactile in its satisfaction for even the rather excellent Ravensburger Puzzle to achieve. However, Ravensburger Puzzle does also circumvent the issue of having to collect up all the pieces and put them back in the box, so that’s something. Either way, it’s a great app for the jigsaw fiend.

ravensburgerpuzzle7Included for the asking price are a bunch of puzzles ready to be tackled, as well as some in-game coins that can be used to buy more. Expect to chip in for a few more images via some in-app purchases but it’s nothing too harsh. With each image, it’s possible to create a jigsaw of between 20 and 500 pieces, covering all skill levels.

Once an image and size has been chosen, the app takes its users to another screen that looks kind of like a floor in a room, allowing them to start piecing things together. A completed image rests to the side as guidance to what needs doing. It’s easy enough to manipulate the pieces with a double-tap, causing them to rotate. Moving around the screen is a matter of holding two fingers to it and dragging. There are puzzle tools to assist as well, either for placing the completed image at the back to provide guidance or automatically completing the outside edge for the player.

ravensburgerpuzzle5It’s pleasant stuff. There’s a timer as well as a percentage completion message at the top of the screen, but there’s no rush. Like a traditional jigsaw puzzle, Ravensburger Puzzle is all about enjoying the journey rather than finishing.

Carefully avoiding any space issues or concerns about clogging up a table for ages, it’s simple to dip into Ravensburger Puzzle just to piece together a few more puzzle pieces, and it’s satisfying, too. For a casual thrill, Ravensburger Puzzle scratches that spot nicely, even if hardened jigsaw fans might wish to be able to tackle 1000+ piece puzzles.

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