One of the joys of visiting with my grandparents is their jigsaw puzzle collection. Seriously, they must have puzzles that date back to the 1800s, before jigsaws were invented.
I don’t know what they called them back then. My grandparents always have a jigsaw puzzle open on a table in the family room when neighbors, friends, and family gather. Now you can carry puzzles with you on your Mac.
Digital Jigsaw Puzzles For Mac Users
When I bumped into BrainsBreaker I was somewhat skeptical that a Mac version of a jigsaw puzzle would bring the same pleasures as gathering around a table with other family members to work through a tough puzzle.
The difference is that the Mac can use any photograph or image as the puzzle.
And, you control the number of pieces, the size, and complexity of the puzzle.
Another concern was how to handle the puzzle pieces. There’s almost an art to holding a real puzzle piece, scanning the cut, then scanning the puzzle on the table, looking for a match.
How does holding a puzzle piece with a Mac work? The mouse. And the experience isn’t bad. In fact, there are a few advantages because you can zoom in the Mac’s screen on a spot in the puzzle using BrainBreaker’s magnifying glass.
Of course, my grandfather could do the same thing with his magnifying glass.
BrainsBreaker also provides 12 free puzzles online.
Other advantages? No lost pieces. No children coughing up pieces they found on the floor. No coffee or tea spills on the pieces (watch out, Mac keyboard).
Even better, the puzzle can be saved and played again later, right where you left off. BrainsBreaker isn’t cheap, but on a per hour usage basis, it might be the least expensive family game you’ll ever put on your Mac.
It’s try-before-you-buy, too.