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Puzzlicious Game Review

Puzzlicious from GiantCrayon Games is a new puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch available for $0.99 from the Apple iTunes Apps Store.  The game is a straightforward rectangular piece re-assembly objective to reconstitute a random photo pulled from your iPhone's photo library or from the developer's Picasa web album account. 

Puzzles can be made easier or more challenging to solve by dividing the individual rectangular pieces of the randomly deconstructed image into smaller horizontally or vertically (or both) pieces.  The countdown solution timer can also be modified in two minute increments.  The most novel approach of the game is its grabbing photos from the Picasa album providing a vast library of new image content.

 



While the game is certainly enjoyable for the first few spins, there are a lot of areas that could be improved in future releases.  The most obvious recommendation to the developers is to expand the image library to include other sources like Flickr, Shutterfly and Photobucket (especially from family and friends accounts).  Next, add another level of difficulty by allowing the pieces to be rotated.  Lastly, give the option to break the segments into traditional puzzle piece cut-outs for those who prefer a more traditional puzzle piece mode of play.

Overall, the game is adequate for the asking price and will deliver a satisfying diversion while waiting in line or sitting on the train.  I hope the developers keep working on the game to elevate it beyond its relatively simple beginnings.
 

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Mike Riley is a frequent contributor to several technical publications and specializes in emerging technologies and new development trends. Mike was previously employed by RR Donnelley as the company’s Chief Scientist, responsible for determining innovative technical approaches to improve the company’s internal and external content services. Mike also co-hosted Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on Tribune Media's CLTV.