New Jigsaw Puzzle App from Ravensburger Digital

Got an empty schedule this Saturday and finished all your jigsaw puzzles lying around? Well, now there’s something out there that will let you keep puzzling while you wait for a new order in the mail or until you’re ready to trek over to the store. The new Ravensburger Puzzle App is $2.99 on the iTunes store. Designed specifically for the iPad, this app lets you do jigsaw puzzles from the comfort of your couch. You won’t have to bend over the craft table, worry about the glare on the pieces, or shoo the cat away so he doesn’t ruin your hard-sorted puzzle pieces. You can complete this puzzles from anywhere with a WiFi connection–that’s great for those people that want to wind down in the coziness of their bed just before going to sleep!

With your $2.99 purchase you’ll get six puzzles to choose from, three tutorials, relaxing background music, and eight table themes. You’ll get to keep track of your achievements and leaderboards via Game Center, and the best part of all–you get the freedom of choosing your piece count!

From 20 to 500 pieces, you get to make the choice that’s best for you. No longer do you have to eye a puzzle with a great image but wish it came in the right piece count! Now you can make it happen with the click of a button.

The in-app puzzling should come naturally to those that love jigsaw puzzles. The pieces will be scattered randomly over the screen, and there will be a drop-bar tray for safekeeping of those pieces you want to save for later (you’ll never be able to lose a piece again!). There will be a snap sound alert when you’ve fit a piece into the correct spot by moving and rotating, and a handy image as a reference that you can place for your convenience.

Don’t like the six puzzles offered with the initial purchase price or itching to the perfect puzzle for your iPad? The app also comes with a built-in library where you can purchase more puzzles for an additional fee and search by theme or release date.

This is the perfect solution for people without a lot of space to do their puzzles or people that just love their iPad! Stay tuned–next week we’ll post our own official review of the app!

Brand New Jigsaw Puzzle Experience with PlayBox Infinipuzzles!

If you’re looking for a completely new experience with your jigsaw puzzling, PlayBox Infinipuzzles are the way to go. These puzzles have a unique twist that gives you the freedom of composing and shaping the puzzle to your liking by rearranging the pieces. Build it one way, then another. By moving the pieces from one side of the puzzle to the opposite side, the  picture becomes brand new!

If that sounds confusing, it’s probably because you’ve never imagined a puzzle like this. Luckily, PlayBox thought to give you an example video to demonstrate–or check out the photos below of these innovative creations!

Central Park Starry Night. 350 pieces.

Central Park Starry Night can be arranged traditionally, in a rectangular shape. Or it can be arranged in a Z-shape, as an arrow, or even rhombus! There are several possibilities. Choose which one suits your mood best!

Central Park Sunny Day. 350 pieces.

These puzzles may be on the lower end of the piece count, but they allow you to be more flexible and creative in your puzzling, meaning they’re great for any level skill level puzzler who wants to try something different!

Amazing Skyline Jigsaw Puzzles from Piatnik

If the first jigsaw puzzle you see from Piatnik’s new Skyline series is New York, you night not be so intimidated. Skylines are a popular theme for travel jigsaw puzzles, and this one fits in nicely and shows just how much variety there is in building size in the Big Apple.

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New York Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

But the rest of the Skyview series is tough. Vienna, Paris, and Venice are long distance aerial views with teeny, tiny details. Paris and Vienna are even made up of the same color scheme! These puzzles would be a great challenge and are very unique compared to other skyline travel puzzles.

It reminded me of a great artist, Steven Wiltshire, who has been called the Human Camera. He can take a helicopter ride over a city’s skyline and then reproduce the image–by memory–perfectly, down to the smallest details. With no preliminary sketches or preparation minus the helicopter ride, he can proportion the city exactly and remember every building’s relation to other buildings and landmarks. Check out the video proof. It’s stunning and amazing.

New York City Skyline by Steven Wiltshire

So, for the ultimate challenge, channel Wiltshire, and try these extra tough puzzles by studying the image on the box, then refusing to use it as reference for the rest of your puzzling!

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Vienna Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Paris Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Venice Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

 

New Heye Nature Photography Puzzles

We’re slowly but surely stocking up on all of the new release puzzles from your favorite brands. Already we have some in stock from Pomegranate, Springbok, and White Mountain and will be posting regularly to keep you updated on all the latest puzzles from them.

Today we have some stunning photography puzzles from Heye, featuring the vivid colors of nature–from fiery volcanoes to forests lit only by the twilight, from lounging leopards at dawn to cascading waterfalls hidden away in a secret spot.

Heye is one of our six most popular brands (ranking high along with Ravensburger, SunsOut, and Educa). Heye carries some of the best photography puzzles, as well as cartoon and gothic puzzles. They use specialized green-board backing that ensures that your puzzles look new for longer, staying bright and beautiful after many uses.

You’ll fall in love with these high-quality images and be equally impressed by the high-quality feel as you piece together these beauties.

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Eruption by Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″.

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Full Moon, Magic Forest by Heye. 500 pieces. 13.5″ x 19″

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Harbour Cone by Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″

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Milford Sound by Heye. 1000 pieces. 27″ x 19″

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Red Dawn by Heye. 2000 pieces. 53.5″ x 19″

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Thirsty Elephants by Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″

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Victoria Lily by Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″

Bald Cypresses by Heye. 1000 pieces. 27″ x 19″

Cascades by Heye. 1000 pieces. 19″ x 27″

 

 

Springbok’s Annual Image Contest

Hey Puzzle Lovers! Think you have what it takes to create a great puzzle, with the keen eye to catch the details that will be fun for everyone to piece together? We’ve got great news for you! Our friends at Springbok hold an annual puzzle image contest that lets your creativity shine – plus you could win a $500 cash prize and get your image turned into a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle!

You can enter for FREE starting on National Puzzle Day (January 29th) and the contest is open all the way until March 31st! That means you have plenty of time to take and submit as many pictures as you want!

Check out the winners from the past three years below, and read all the rules and regulations before you get started. Either way, submit and have fun! There’s nothing to lose!

2013 Winner: Ava Montalvo. Title: Sew Crafty. 500 pieces.

2012 Winner: John Razza. Title: Spicy, Hot! 500 pieces.

 

2011 Winner: Hannah Jones. Title: Colorful Canopy. 500 pieces.