Super Puzzle Powers... activate! Form of... a falcon!... No, wait, wait. That's not it. Hang on. Falcons can't use jigsaw puzzles! Their claws can't move the pieces properly, and they're forever getting distracted by fighting over a freshly caught rabbit. So if you're a falcon, or a rabbit, freshly caught or otherwise, this probably isn't the entry for you. But if you love puzzles? Oh. Oh-ho. Oh-ho-ho, have we got a treat for you, dear reader. Recently, we brought you a puzzle from the fine folks at SmartKit and Plexus, and you proclaimed it quite tasty indeed. Well, friend, it's time to warm up your puzzle muscles, because we're back with more:
Unlike standard puzzles, the pictures here are cut out at odd angles and make complex shapes, so figuring out what goes where is a much more difficult affair. Left-click and drag the pieces around the board, using the [arrow] keys to rotate them. Unfortunately, it's missing the key to pound on the pieces with the heel of your palm to make them fit. Maybe future editions will include a mini-game where you get to hunt around underneath the couch for a missing piece while the cat attacks your feet.
Analysis: While you can go a long time without making a connection when you first start playing, once you do fit your first pieces together the rest can swiftly follow. Pay attention to the edges of the images rather than the images themselves, and be on the look out for odd angles. The bigger and more distinctive a piece is, the easier it is to find a mate for it, and once you've fit a few together you'll start recognizing the shapes they form around them. Well, that or you'll swear off puzzles forever and retire to a puzzle monastery where you'll take a vow of puzzle abstinence. Definitely one of the two, anyway. Just remember. Breathe, and rotate.
What's disappointing is that you're not actually assembling a scene here. You're just fitting images with a common theme together, making a collage. Unless people performing waterboard sports on the back of a pool table is a hip, new thing we're unaware of, this puzzle logic does not resemble our Earth logic. But if it's challenge you want, this actually works in its favour if you don't mind the chaotic imagery. It takes what would otherwise be a five-minute puzzle and adds a new level of difficulty to it. You'll either like it, or have to go lay down for awhile after fifteen minutes because of the eyestrain from your furious, searching stare.
If you're looking for something you can take your time with and while away an afternoon on, Plexus puzzles are easy fun for all ages. It's a good reminder that just because you can camp spawn some newbies with the best of them doesn't mean you can't get your butt kicked by a good, old-fashioned brain bender.