play dates: online jigsaw puzzles

As we are still finding ourselves in our home offices, we continued our remote play date series with a new game this week. We moved away from drawing however, and tested an online collaborative jigsaw puzzle on JigsawPuzzles.

What we initially found most fascinating about the idea was the current appeal of classical jigsaw puzzles. Apparently, during these times people are into puzzles like never before.

We can see many benefits to immersing yourself in puzzle solving, and in the present situation it seems like a preferred way of distraction for many people. Focusing all your attention on one activity and a pleasing image to look at for a longer period of time might have something to do with the uprising fascination around jigsaw puzzles.

The current craze even took production companies by surprise. Giants such as Ravensburger are currently struggling to meet the current demand. So if you are looking to get your hands on one, you might have to wait for them to be back in stock in most places. In the meantime, you can discover how they are made and what actually takes so long to produce.

Or you can follow our example and try out online collaborative puzzle solving. On JigsawPuzzles there are many free options of puzzles to choose from, with various difficulty levels and diverse images. However, the puzzles are open for everyone, so there is a chance you and your friends can play together with random strangers. Which could also be fun, but the platform doesn’t provide any chat or communication possibility.

Up to 10 players can play at once and you start as anonymous, but have the option to change your name. During game play, you can also see how many pieces each player has placed correctly on the board. From there, you just have to hope neither of the people you are playing with is a toxic player who’s up for ruining your game. For some reason, we found toxicity in collaborative puzzle solving comes strangely easy, especially for some of us.

As in any classical puzzle, the strategy to solving it is the same, starting with the edges and trying to sort out the other pieces by colour or shape. Taking your time and starting with an easy puzzle will probably get you more engaged into this activity.

If we are completely honest, we didn’t love this one as much as the other games we have tried. Even if some of us really like games based on visual puzzles, this one didn’t really hit the mark. The design and size of the elements made it a bit hard to play, while the presence of other people you can’t interact with made the play experience less engaging for us as a group.

Until the next one, stay safe and play remotely!

Your Playful Solutions team.

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