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The guys occupying 8 Floor Games continue to wave the flag for Jigsaw puzzle gaming. The developer's latest offering in this respect is entitled 1001 Jigsaw Legends of Mystery 4. As usual with titles in this 1001 series, you can disregard the 1001 element but can still look forward to tackling 500 Jigsaw puzzles spread over five books of images depicting Legends of Magic and Mystery with a selection of witches, potions, heroes and the like who inhabit this particular world.
Before delving into this collection of Jigsaw puzzles, you have the option to make a number of adjustments to the gaming environment and create profiles to record the progress of different players. Volume levels can be set for background music and appropriate sound effects. The game features a choice of three different resolutions for its visual output as you view the game as you work through the 500 Jigsaw puzzles making up this title.
As mentioned earlier, the puzzles images have been split into five different groups or books. Each book contains a varied selection of images that can initially become puzzles with between 12 and 247 pieces that need to be fitted together. I say "initially" with regards to the number of pieces because you are granted the option to change the number of pieces by selecting a Change option.
This feature will allow you to adjust the number of pieces so that they reside between 9 and 315. You also have the option to change the cut of the pieces used with 100 different styles being available. Admitted this different styles show very little difference in their appearance. You can also decides whether the pieces will contain a rotation option that might need to be implemented in order to insert a piece in the puzzle.
Whether the actual Jigsaw is left in its original state or as an altered version, you can proceed to recreate the image by putting the pieces together. The pieces that make up the image puzzle will be displayed over a work area and can be moved around as necessary. Pieces can be moved individually or dragged within a group by the appropriate use of the mouse.
Positioned in the top left corner of the work area is a pocket that can be used to store pieces that you might not immediately need for the area you are working on with the image. Running across the bottom of the work area is a series of icons that represent the tools made available to you. These tools can be used to display the designated completed image on screen, project a ghost image over the partly completed Jigsaw or restrict the visible pieces to show just those required for building up the border of the Jigsaw. Further tools allow you to magnify a small area, ask for a hint or automatically sort any unused pieces. Completed Jigsaws are rewarded with a Congratulation screen.
With the range of images and the ability not to misplace any pieces, this offering should appeal to Jigsaw fans. The game can be downloaded from Gamehouse.com where it is priced at $9.99. You can also download the game from Big Fish Games priced at £7.84. The game requires a 1.0 GHz processor with 512MB of RAM running Windows 7 and later.
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