A request came up through the vine about reviewing a puzzle game that claimed to be different from all other puzzle games already available on Google Play.
Jigsaw Mania was made by Puzzle Imperium and has been available on Google Play for a while now.
Let us start by saying there are two versions of the game available at Google Play, there’s a free version and a paid version, we’ll tell you the differences between them as we move along in this review.
Jigsaw Mania is a simple puzzle game where you start with a piece already in the right place and instead of having all the pieces available to you from the start you are given a few pieces, 4 for instance, and every time you put one piece in the correct spot you get another piece of the puzzle.
Gameplay is the same for both the free and paid versions of the game.
Once you start the puzzle a clock starts counting up, and every time you put pieces in their correct place you will be scored and when you finish the puzzle you will receive 1 to 3 stars based on your performance and the time you took to complete the puzzle.
There’s not much to say about controls since all you have to do is pick a piece and drag it to its spot on the puzzle.
They are pretty responsive and react well to changes in direction.
As this is a puzzle game there’s not much to say about sound effects. You have the common effect when putting a piece in the correct place and another sound effect if you didn’t get the correct spot.
Besides that you have sound effect when you finish the puzzle and while you are earning stars. You also get sound feedback while roaming through the game’s menus.
The most important thing for me as an avid puzzle solver are the pictures I get once the puzzle is completed, so I was hoping for amazing landscapes and other beautiful images when I first installed Jigsaw Mania.
As it turns out you have a few amazing pictures but I was disappointed when I went from the beginner to the amateur level and the pictures were exactly the same, this applies to the master difficulty as well.
Jigsaw Mania has 54 puzzles available on each of the 3 difficulty levels.
In the paid version you have 162 puzzles to solve while in the free version you only get 54 that pertain to the beginners level.
I have to say that the free version has a very limited longevity as I solved all 54 puzzles in about an hour or so, getting 3 stars in every one.
Regarding the full version, longevity improves exponentially as in order for you to be able to select the next puzzle on a certain level you have to have a certain number of stars awarded so you might take a while longer to be able to finish all the puzzles in all 3 difficulty levels.
Jigsaw Mania is a good entertainment game both in the free and paid versions. You will spend a few hours entertained solving a few puzzles with nice pictures.
The game behaved well both in a tablet and a smartphone and it didn’t consumed much battery whatsoever. It didn’t lag in any device I tried it on and controls respond well to the user’s intention, so there’s no need to be super precise about where you are putting the piece. This makes Jigsaw Mania a great game for children, as they won’t get frustrated about putting the piece in the right place and the game not getting it.
We encourage you to go to Google Play and try out the free version of Jigsaw Mania. If you find it is to your liking you can always buy the 99 cent version and get more levels and enjoy it a little longer with different difficulty levels.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions