My wife and I hail from the heartland of America, the Midwest, that part of the country with weather so unpredictable that if you don’t like how it is now, all you need to do is wait an hour– but you won’t like the change.
Our family home was somewhat typical, a multi-generation dwelling where the older residents always seemed 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. Yes, Virginia, there is a way to break your brain on a Mac.
Broken Brains 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. What I would like to see is a corresponding iPad version. The aging iMac at my parent’s home works well but having a truly portable version may help accessibility. This is where Google is your friend but be sure to have some room on your credit card balance.
Jigsaw Puzzles Epic runs on macOS High Sierra and iOS for iPhone and iPad. Jigsaws Galore gets almost exclusively five star reviews on the Mac App Store. For iPhone and iPad, Jigsaw Puzzle and Magic Jigsaw Puzzles are both free but have plenty of in-app purchase options to put a dent in your credit rating.