PuzzlEd

Educational puzzles and fun!

INFORMATION ABOUT ePUZZLE JIGSAWS 

The photos of the epuzzles are on my  pictures of epuzzles page. If you click on the photo, you will see the description with the link in it. If you paste the link into your browser, it should take you straight to the file, which can be downloaded onto your computer. You can then open it and play it as a stand-alone jigsaw puzzle. You can find direct links in a list on my links for epuzzle files page.

You can also download free jigsaws from the sites at the bottom of this list, or make your own jigsaws from digital photos, using any of the programs listed below. If you don’t have suitable photos of your own, you are welcome to use pictures from my photos page. You can also scan children’s art work to use.

Programs I’ve found for making your own puzzles: 

      http://www.jigzone.com/ has also been recommended to me. They have a range of options and pictures for you to use for making jigsaws. You can store a number of jigsaws online for free.

·         www.jigsawplanet.com/ to make your own jigsaws online for free- limited options, but very easy to use, and they will store your puzzles for you (but I think you have a limited amount- I could only make 7 puzzles).

·         www.jigzone.com has jigsaws that you can play online, or you can make a range of jigsaws from their pictures or your own. Well worth a visit.

·         I use tibosoftware ( jigs@wpuzzle2) which I bought for less than US$10! I'd highly recommend it, if you want to make, store and play jigsaws on your computer. It's so easy to use (even I could figure it out), there is a huge range of options, you can make any number of pieces, and you can vary the shapes or even cut your own. You can download it for a generous free trial period, and the puzzles you make can be stored as separate .exe files on your computer, so you don’t have to buy the program unless you want the extra features or ongoing use.

·         www.freewarefiles.com/program_1_22_22185.html - Free Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids from Curiosoft. The program also allows kids to create their own jigsaw puzzles from personal drawings and pictures. The puzzles you make are saved as .exe files. Limited , and rather flat-looking puzzles, but excellent for a free program. Some puzzles are included.

·         Brainsbreaker jigsaw puzzles – free trial from http://www.freeware-guide.com/dir/games/puzzles2.html   In trial mode, you can play their included puzzles and you can make your own (with limited options of number of pieces; you can only place about 30 or so pieces of any Demo puzzle, including any you create in Trial mode- but still a very good range of choices). You can make “gift” .exe puzzles of up to 50 pieces in Trial mode. You do get an occasional pop-up request to consider buying the program in Trial mode, which is fair enough (US$19.95).

·         www.kraisoft.com/puzzle-games/real-jigsaw-puzzle/    This is a very good demo with good features, no time limits but limited options for creating. It’s free - it doesn't expire, doesn't contain any ads and includes a lot of free puzzles. No option to save stand-alone files, so you have to have the full demo program installed, but there are plenty of puzzles already in the demo (16 packs-1st 3 puzzles in each pack are available as demo; limited no. of pieces, around 6-15, can’t modify their puzzles in demo version). Created puzzles are stored in a “User” file, and can be played, modified etc. It’s well worthwhile, especially for 12- 100- piece puzzles. Ideal as whole program for children.

·        www.tibosoftware.com/jppcreator.htm  Jigsaw Promo Creator- free Tibosoft program for making a basic 35-piece jigsaw- no choice of pieces, shapes etc, but a nice puzzle. Saves as .exe files. You can use this to promote a business, website etc.

Sites with free jigsaw puzzles to download:

Please leave any comments in my Guestbook. Hope you have lots of fun!

 

P.S. If you are interested in trying the programs mentioned above, here is a comparison of the features in most of the free/trial versions I have found (the highlighting is mine- green for good features, yellow for limitations; the information is accurate as far as I know as of June 2009... so prices could have changed since):

JIGSAW PUZZLE PROGRAMS- freeware/shareware:

 

PROGRAM

PUBLI

SHER

Free/

share

ware

TRIAL

PIECES

SHAPES

GHOST

/ PICT

-URE

Lo-

ck

Tr-

ays

Rub-ber

Band

Hints

cheat

Tim

-er

Rot

ate?

Exe

 file

NO-

TES

Ad

s?

$ to buy

Jigsaw

planet.com

ONLINE creator

Based on TIBO

free

 

40

5x8

Stand-

ard 3D

Pic w.

5 size

 opti-

ons

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

yes

 

Pic 

Files

 <500

KB

 

free

Create Jigs@w Puzzle

Promo

TIBO

soft

Free

 

40

5x8

Stand-

ard 3D

Pic w.

5 size \

opti-

ons

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

yes

 

 

free

Jigs@w puzzle

TIBO

soft

Free/

share

30 day

trial incl

5 demos,

gallery

Max 25

lots

Opt.

ghost,

pict.

yes

no

yes

no

At

end

opt

yes

Lots of

opti-

ons;

 gal-

lery

y

US

$10

or more

Jigs@w puzzle2

TIBO

soft

Free/

share

5hr limit

on ALL

 puzzles;

 incl 5

demos

6-

3,600..

lots

Opt.

ghost,

 pict.

yes

yes

yes

 

Y

opt

yes

Lots of

opt –

ions;

gal-

lery

y

US

$10

or more

Jigsaw

Puzzle

Lite

Kraisoft

Free

Limited

Demos,

NO TIME

 LIMITS

Huge

range

Stand’d

Semi 3D

G,

Th’nl

opt.

Yes J

Yes

But not

 v.

gd.

NO

no

Y +

 pau

-se

opt

NO

 

 

free

Real

JIGSAW puzzle

Kraisoft

Free/

share

Increas

ingly

limited

sessions...

6-700+

Many

(20+?)

Opt

yes

Ex-

tra boa

-rd

yes

yes

Y?

opt

Shd but…

Nice

Gal-

lery

( 1 for

 trial )

Y

Full

Prog

US

$20

Brains-breaker

 

Free/

share

Limited

no. of

pieces

 to play

Max of

 50 in

demo +

trial SA

6 types

 

Pict

-ure

yes

yes

Yes

 

Yes in prog

Y +

pau

-se,

Y on

SA

Yes

opt

Gift

Max 50pc

v.g.

Can

write

  on

 puzzle

y

US
$20

Dinosaur puzzles

curiosoft

free

 

<24 to

 >100

1 type,

 flat

Pict

-ure

 Brie

-fly in

 help

yes

no

no

Yes-

Solve 1pce or all!

Time

at

end

no

yes

Needs bit-map (bmp)

 file

N

free

Jigsaws galore

Gray design asso-

ciates dgray

.com

Free/

share

30 days of use

35-200+

or

custom:

4-15000!

Var-

ious

 incl.

fun

shapes

opt

yes

yes

yes

yes

opt

opt

yes

Huge

range

of op-

tions!

N

US

$25