Ravensburger Puzzle


Ravensburger Puzzle on Daedalic Entertainment

MSRP: $6.95 on Legacy Games* – Free Trial Available

Platforms: Windows

Released: 6/14/11

*Note: This is not a site I’ve used in the past to buy PC games. Boxed copies may be available on Amazon or EBay.

A couple of years ago, I thought I might like to get into doing jigsaw puzzles again.  When I was a kid, my grandmother and I used to do puzzles at her kitchen table fairly regularly.  However, once I bought a puzzle and got it home, the problems were immediately obvious.  I needed a large amount of flat space somewhere it wouldn’t get bumped, dumped or otherwise disturbed.

I closed the box, put it into a cabinet, and that was the end of my flirtation with cardboard puzzle construction as an adult.

Ravensburger Puzzle doesn’t completely scratch the itch, but it’s not bad.  It allows for puzzles up to 500 pieces (which no joke, gets kind of cluttered on a computer screen), but it starts you out with 20 piece puzzles, which are really no kind of challenge at all.


You need to go through the campaign to unlock more pictures and puzzle sizes, which can then be played in Free Mode.  You even have the option to have the software make a puzzle out of images you have on your computer, which is a nice touch, but not always super-effective. Still, it’s fun to play around with.


Free mode images can be sorted by category, or you can just scroll around until you find something that interests you. The selection is very limited at first, but the campaign mode isn’t long or painful, so it’s worth busting through to get access to all the fun stuff.


Puzzle construction is pretty straightforward.  Click on the pieces to rotate them, hold and drag to position.  There are some great tools, such as sorting trays, that you are unlikely to need on smaller puzzles, but that are invaluable for larger ones.  If pieces seem to be missing, scroll around the edges of the screen – for some reason the game will toss random pieces onto parts of the screen that aren’t showing.

Puzzles are timed, but it is only for in-game trophies – I don’t think it’s possible to fail a puzzle. There’s not a lot of frills, but what it does, it does very well.

If you like jigsaw puzzles, and you can pick it up for under $10, you will totally get your money’s worth out of this one.  It’s pretty much infinitely replayable, and pretty close to the real experience of putting together puzzles, without the worry of knocking it over or losing pieces.


One thought on “Ravensburger Puzzle

  1. […] I do a lot less research on a game when someone’s giving it away.  I already have one pretty great jigsaw puzzle game, and it’s just not something I’m in the mood for all that often, so I don’t pay […]


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