While I enjoyed this game, and played it to completion, one particular flaw was simply to big for me to recommend it.
First, the Good:
1. It's jigsaw puzzle game on Steam!
2. Plenty of pictures gives you plenty of jigsawing to do
3. Different puzzles have the pieces "cut up" very differently, adding to the variety
4. As you'd expect, it's pretty relaxing just slowly taking your time to work on the puzzle, and then it feels really good when the puzzle is almost completed and you can just plop the remaining free pieces in the remaining holes without any searching :)
1. The worst issue with the game - picking the puzzle piece you want out of a group of other pieces is an exercise in frustration, especially in the latter puzzles when so many pieces are floating in the river. You can click directly on a puzzle piece, and the game then hands the piece that was hiding underneath it - over and over again. I sometimes took me literally a dozen tries to pick up a single puzzle piece! This one flaw by itself is what had me click the "No" for this review.
The final puzzle is by far the largest, and has 350 piece. As soon as I started it and saw the river absolutely full of overlapping pieces, I despaired - only to find out, to my amazement, that I was flawlessly picking up every single piece that I was intentionally clicking on! 30 pieces in a row, with no mistakes - what sorcery is this??? It's as if the QA testers complained to the programmers that this puzzle was unplayable, and they fixed the issue only in the final puzzle
. Yes, it seems ridiculous, but I honestly cannot think of any other explanation.
2. No way to save progress in the middle of a puzzle. Some puzzles take hours to do, and if you exit the game, you gotta start them all over!
3. The music, while pleasant enough in the beginning, just loops over and over and over, and it's the same song for every single puzzle. Thankfully you can mute it, though that also mutes the few sound effects.
4. The colors in a most of the pictures seem washed out, though maybe that's a style thing.
The Differences From Physical Jigsaw Puzzles Which May Be Good or Bad Depending On Your Point Of View:
1. The puzzle pieces are always oriented in the proper direction, so there is never any need (or ability) to rotate them.
2. When dropped on the board close to their correct spot in the picture, the puzzle pieces automatically shift and stick there. There have been many times where I'd accidentally plop a piece down in the right spot. This also allows you to "hunt" for the right spot by just moving a piece around the board in small increments.
3. There is no way to stick two puzzle pieces together when you know they match each other, but do not know where exactly in the picture they belong.
4. The only way to view the full picture of the puzzle you're solving (without taking a screenshot of the level-select screen) is with a hint-style button, which slowly lights up as you place pieces in their proper spots. When you do use the button, it turns the board you're solving into the complete picture for a few seconds during which you can still move and place the puzzle pieces.
So yes, I mostly enjoyed the game when it was not frustrating me with the puzzle piece selection issue. If the devs fix that, I'll switch the recommendation to Yes.