Christmas Scene Puzzles 

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With a ready supply of mince pies, you can give your grey cells a work-out as you solve various puzzles.

Those puzzle-loving people at Tiny Little Lion have taken one of their earlier excursions into the world of subgame action and given it a festive make-over for this next offering.  The result, almost like an open latter to Santa Claus, is entitled "All I Want For Christmas Are Subgames".  Available in Collector's Edition format, this title features a wide range of puzzle types with a yuletide flavour designed to test the player's solving skills and other aspects of game play.

This title consists of 19 different types of puzzles.  As you scroll down this list of puzzles you will be presented with a view of the available images, connected to that puzzle, ready for you to make your choice.  Apart from one type of puzzle, all the puzzles have been allocated with four standard images plus a single bonus image forming part of the Collector's Edition element.  The one exception to this is the Jigsaw puzzle type which comes with 12 standard images plus four bonus ones.

Each of the different puzzle types comes with its own very brief instructions and, when appropriate, rules necessary for its completion.  If appropriate certain tools will be provided that apply to just that particular puzzle type.  In most case these tools will consist of a Hint feature, repeat of the instructions and a shortcut to the puzzle selection list.

With some of the puzzle types, its title should give a clear indication of what will be actually required to complete it.  Falling into this category are puzzle types such as Crossword, Difference, Jigsaw, Letter Swap, Match, Layered Swap, Memory, Hidden Object, Swap & Rotate and Word Search puzzles.  If you should need them then a brief set of instructions will be provided as you tackle these offerings.

While the other puzzle titles might not be so enlightening with regards as to their purpose, a single playing should be all you need to bring understanding.  In the case of Colour by Pixel and Paint, these puzzles require you to add colour to a scene using a pre-defined colour palette.  Depending upon which puzzle, you will be working with adding colour to pixels or shapes.

Hidden Object game play action features more than once.  With Collage your target is to search for designated stickers within a cluttered scene.  Details and Montage are two ways of using pictorial visual clues to find elements within the main scene.

Scene creation puzzles have a part to play in this collection.  You can build up scenes by flicking through a series of image elements when playing Cycle or create a scene in jigsaw fashion by working with pieces that are square in shape as they are laid out on a backdrop when tackling Click in Place.

You can also create images by the process of linking together a series of dots that need to be connected a designated number of times when playing Connect.  There is also a puzzle whereby you need to create an image by overlaying a number of cut-out shapes on a grid base with the Shape-tris puzzle.

With over 100 festive type scenes and 19 puzzle types, this collection of subgame action could hardly be considered light in content.  Its main appeal comes from the variety of challenges on offer rather than an outstanding element.  I downloaded my copy of this game from where it is priced at $19.99.  It is also available from Big Fish Games priced at £15.75.  The game requires a 2.0 GHz processor with 4096MB of RAM and 1.28GB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.

All I Want For Christmas Are Subgames Collector's Edition | Big Fish

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