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Jigsaw Comparison Chart

The chart compares various virtual jigsaw puzzles. (Only jigsaws with highlighted reviews are included in the chart.) Links within the chart will open in a new window. See Jigsaw Puzzle Reviews: Introduction for the definition of syles and my reviews of jigsaw puzzles. See Dotty's Online Jigsaws for some sample puzzles to play online and Dotty's Jigsaw Downloads for some sample puzzles to download.


Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Big Jig

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Classic Download $14.95 or 19.95 20 to 936 Irregular rectangles with tabs Optional 4 Excellent After registration Excellent Optional Yes Registration No Windows Two working surfaces. Registered users get utility to use own pictures [Image and link: Big Jig screen] Big Jig
Big Mosaic

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Mosaic Download $14.95 28 to 345 Square, no tabs Optional No Excellent After registration Excellent Optional No - no problem Registration No Windows Registered users get utility to use own pictures [Image and link: Big Mosaic screen] Big Mosaic
BrainsBreaker

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Classic Download only $19.95 or free for 35 piece max 4 - 2000 (4 - 35 in standalone) Square with tabs Optional 6 (none in standalone) Excellent (none in stand alone) Yes and clipboard Excellent Optional Yes Software registration No Windows 3.1/95/98/NT Can create standalone puzzles [Image and link: BrainsBreaker screen] (Screen picture is of stand alone version) BrainsBreaker
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Clever Media

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Classic Online only Free 50 - 100 ?? Rectangular with tabs No No Only before scrambled No Acceptable Optional No No Yes Requirements Daily puzzle [Image and link: CleverMedia screen] Clever Media
icaPuz

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Frame Online or offline Free to $49.95 to play & free to $29.95 for the applet 25, 35, 45, 55, 65 (unlimited in the applet) Irregular with many square corners No No No Yes, if implement on your own web page Good Yes, outside of puzzle applet Not in their free-play section, but website can control this Optional No Java enabled browser Can put puzzle on own webpage, including daily puzzle [Image and link: icaPuz screen] icaPuz
Jigsaws Galore

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Classic Download $25-$41 or $11 at 21st Jigsaw Puzzle 4 to 4,000 Irregular rectangle with tabs Optional As many as you wish Excellent Yes Excellent except 2 clicks to rotate Optional Yes No No Windows Can create standalone puzzles [Image and link: Jigsaws Galore screen] Jigsaws Galore
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
JigsawMania

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Classic Download $23 Unlimited classic, some variations Optional No, but extra large playing surface Good Yes Excellent Yes Yes, color not texture No No Windows Can save progress in puzzle and share created puzzles, including on website [Image and link: Jigsaw Mania screen] Jigsaw Mania
Jigsaw-Puzzles.net

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Frame style with joining Online or download Free 30-1008 Classic Yes No, but can scroll large playing area Good Yes Excellent Optional No No No Java enabled browser Can save puzzle and complete it later; puzzles are timed. (Formerly jpuzzles.com) [Image and link: Jigsaw-Puzzles.net screen] Jigsaw-Puzzles.net
Jigzone

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Classic Online Free 6 - 247 vaires, can control No No No instructions but good troubleshooting Yes if member (free) Excellent Yes No, not a problem Optional, free Yes, irritating pop-ups and flashing Java enabled browser Can put puzzles on own webpage [Image and link: Jigzone screen] Jigzone
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Jixxa

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Classic Download $9 varies, cannot control Rectangular with irregular tabs Optional when registered Up to 9 Good No Good Optional No Registration No Windows 3.1 or higher Optional music [Image and link: Jixxa screen] Jixxa
Living Scenes Jigsaw Puzzles

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Classic Download only $29 or $19 4 to over 1000 Classic Optional 4 Good Yes Takes time to learn; then good Yes (also printable) Yes No No Windows Lots of options, some pictures animated [Image and link: Living Scenes Jigsaw Puzzles screen] Living Scenes Jigsaw Puzzles
One Player

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Classic Download only Free 108 or 300 Square, no tabs Always 1 Confusing No Cumbersome Yes Black or white Software registration No Requirements Very large workspace, timer, contests [Image and link: One Player screen] One Player
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Playtonium

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Classic Online and Download Free online, downloads are shareware at $19.95, occassional sales 12 - 100 online, 12-200 offline Classic Optional No Good No Good Optional Yes No, registration for downloads Yes, online only Shockwave for puzzle and Self-Expression Xtra for Jigsaw Creator (close all other browser windows before download Self-Expression Xtra) Can email puzzle created with Jigsaw Creator. New downloads added periodically. Available for your website. [Image and link: Playtonium screen] Playtonium
Puzzelator

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Mosaic Download $7.50 registration Variable Rectangular Optional No Yes Bmp, gif or jpg Acceptable Can preview picture, but can't move puzzle piece when preview displayed Yes Software registration No Not stated Mosaic style, Can display pieces not in correct position /rotation [Image and link: Puzzelator screen] Puzzelator
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Puzzle Factory

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Frame Online or download Free 25 or 49 Rectangular with tabs No No No No Poor No No - poor visibility No Yes PC (Mac soon), Flash plugin Other [Image and link: Puzzle Factory screen] Puzzle Factory
Puzzle House

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Classic Online Free 48, 90 or 120 Irregular rectangles with tabs No No Yes No Good Optional No - No Problem No Yes Shockwave plugin, PC or Mac Can save & finsh later, can order actual jigsaw puzzle [Image and link: Puzzle House screen] Puzzle House
Puzzlet Factory

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Classic Online or download Free 15-400 Irregular rectangles with tabs Yes No Yes No, but may submit pictures for personal or public access Good, but much of English site is still in French Optional Yes Yes, free Yes Flash Player Site available in English, French (original) and Spanish [Image and link: Puzzlet Factory screen] Puzzlet Factory
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Shockwave

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Classic Online, Daily jigsaw can be downloaded Free 36 - 112 Irregular rectangles with tabs Optional No Yes Yes Excellent Optional Yes Optional, Free or paid Yes Shockwave Player, PC or Mac Can display only edge pieces and move groups of pieces. Can save partially completed puzzle. Daily competition for shortest completion time. [Image and link: Shockwave screen] Shockwave
Smoke and Mirrors

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Classic Online Free 36 - 270 Irregular rectangles with tabs Optional No Yes Yes Excellent Optional Yes No No Shockwave Player, PC or Mac Can display only edge pieces and move groups of pieces. Available for your website for a fee. [Image and link: Smoke and Mirrors screen] Smoke and Mirrors
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
Steve's

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Frame Online only Free Varies Square with tabs Sometimes No Limited Yes if write own html Acceptable Sometimes, dimmed Sometimes No No Java enabled browser Solve by finding correct position in frame, Java applet available free [Image and link: Steve's screen] Steve's
Tibo Software Jigs@w Puzzle

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Classic Download (Online at Jigsaw Planet) $9.95 or $14.95, Promo Creator is free. (Online version is free.) max 25 in evaluation version, unlimited in full version (10 - 120 pieces in online version) Irregular rectangles with tabs, can change piece shapes Optional No Yes Yes Good Optional Yes (No in online version) Software registration (No membership for online version) No IBM compatible Pentium or better; Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista or later; 8 MB RAM Can email gift puzzles, can create puzzles online from own pictures, free Promo Creator (and online version) to create puzzles for your website. [Image and link: TiboPuzzle screen] Tibo Software Jigs@w Puzzle
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name
World Winner

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Classic Online only Free or $.50 - $3.00 per play with prizes mostly 20 or 30, but up to 99 Irregular square with tabs Always 5 Limited No Acceptable Always No - No problem Free No Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator coming soon Competitive, can win money if pay entry fee [Image and link: World Winner screen] World Winner
Yavsoft

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Classic Download with a few online samples $24.90 to $299.95 with free trials 4 to 2500 or more Classic shape Optional No Minimal Yes Play easy, creation moderate Yes Yes No No Windows for downloads Numerous jigsaw programs available [Image and link: Yavsoft screen] Yavsoft
Name Style Online? Cost # of Pieces Piece Shape Rotate? Drawers? Help? Use Own Picture? Ease of Use Display Picture? Control Background? Membership? Display ads? Requirements Other Screen Image Name


The column labeled 'Screen Image' contains a screen print of the jigsaw game. Click on the small image in the table for a full size image of the screen. Each screen print was captured in full screen mode. The top row of most of the screens is my Internet Explorer tool bar. Don't be confused when viewing the full size screen prints - these are just images, not the online puzzles. Pieces are NOT moveable in these images. Use the link in the 'Name' column to go to the jigsaw puzzle site. The 'Name' column is repeated at the end of the row for your convenience.

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