Our family is somewhat typical, a multi-generation dwelling where the older residents always seem to have what looks like a game from the 19th century laid out on a card table. The jigsaw puzzle. Well, Mac users, it’s time to head back to yesteryear to bring a popular pastime to the digital present. A way to break your brain on a Mac.
Breaking Brains For Fun
Interestingly, enough, on trips back home I’ve been able to get my grandmother to forsake the card table and use a hand-me-down iMac to play BrainsBreaker, a Mac jigsaw puzzle.
What makes BrainsBreaker so much fun is the option to create your own jigsaw puzzle from a photo. Sure, there are collections of puzzles available to download, but there’s nothing like using a family photo instead.
BrainsBreaker lets you adjust the number of pieces in each puzzle you create– from hundreds to thousands, and each piece is different.
Because the whole puzzle fits on the Mac’s screen, there are shelves you can use to store pieces to use later, plus an option to move groups of pieces all at once.
Both the puzzle and pieces can be resized on the fly, and, as you might suspect, it’s easy to zoom into a piece using the built-in magnifying glass. BrainsBreaker saves the state of the puzzle so no one can bump the table or spill the pieces onto the floor. And pieces don’t get lost.
BrainsBreaker comes with basic jigsaw puzzles to start, but others are downloadable and easily installed (some free, some not), and there’s the option to create your own puzzle from a photo.
There’s also a try-before-you-buy option.