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The puzzles are available by clicking on the "Jigsaw Puzzles" tab on the top, and are divided into two sections :
- "Thematic puzzles" where you can find all the puzzles in the weekly themes. You can find all those puzzles, theme by theme, by going to the "Themes" section.
- "Your puzzles" where you can find all the puzzles submitted by users. You can build yourself and then propose a puzzle on the site by going to the "Create a puzzle" section.

Into a puzzles listing you can see at a glance, the games you've already completed. Small squares are displayed for all versions of a puzzle under his thumbnail. For each version you have finished, the square is filled with white and the playing time of your party appears when you move your mouse over the square :

You can also find the games you have not completed and which were being recorded. The square is filled with white in proportion to your progress in the game, the number of pieces you have already placed and your game time registered appear when you move your mouse over the square :

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The game interface

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When you click on a picture, the game window appears in fullscreen mode :

The title of the puzzle is shown in 1.

In 2 you can choose the number of pieces of the puzzle, from 30 to 1000.

Check the box in 3 if you want an automatic recording of the game. The automatic recording acts when you change the number of pieces, when you restart the game from the beginning, or when cancelling the game to see the complete image of the puzzle, or when you leave the game.

At any time, you can pause the game by clicking on the button in 4. The game is fixed then, and the time counter is stopped. The button gets another look, and it's the same button that allows you to continue the game when you're ready.

With the button in 5 all the pieces are randomly splitted up again, and the counters are reseted. Then the game is recorded if you've selected the automatic recording option.

Even if the recording is automatically done, you can also force it when you want by clicking on the button in 6.

Click on the button in 7 to get the puzzle completed. The current game is then stopped, and it's recorded if you've selected the automatic recording option.

You can see the help page (this page) at any time during the game, by clicking on the button in 8. You have to authorize pop-ups from this site in your browser options for that. The game is not stopped and the help page is displayed in another window.

In 9 you can find an option to display or not a preview of the puzzle picture in a small floating window.

Check the box in 10 if you want the puzzle picture to appear in background.

The pieces outline can be shown with the 'Grid' option in 11.

The command button in 12 allows you to leave the game. The game is then recorded if you've selected the automatic recording option.

In 13 is displayed the past time since the beginning of the game.

In 14 is displayed the number of pieces you've already placed during the game.

In 15 you can see an example of pieces that have been cliped. You can clip pieces together, whichever orientation they have, and place them later on the background - see How it works.

In 16 you can find an arrow to move the play zone to the bottom. You can find arrows all around the framework. Thus, you can get a large play zone, much larger than your screen, to arrange the pieces as you like. You can also move the play zone with the keys on the numpad, on the right of your keyboard :


Press 1 to move to the left and bottom, press 2 to move to the bottom, etc...

At any time you can return to the center of the play zone by pressing 5.

In 17 is displayed the player nickname you've chosen. The time for the game will be recorded with this nickname.

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How it works

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When you start a new game, you have to wait a few seconds for the loading of the puzzle picture. After that, you will not have to wait anymore when you change the number of pieces. The puzzle is built very quickly under your eyes. The pieces are randomly splitted up and the counters are reseted, or, if you've already played this puzzle, the pieces and the counters exactly find back their previous state. If you want to start another game, then click on the 'Restart' button.

To rotate a piece, first select it by clicking on it. Then the piece moves forward. Then, have it rotating with left and right arrows on your keyboard, or with the space key on your keyboard (to have it rotating by the right), or by clicking on it with the right mouse button.

To move a piece, drag and drop it to the place you've chosen. Then if the piece is very close to its real position, and if its orientation is correct, its position will be automatically locked at the exact place, and the piece will move backward. Note that the counter (at the bottom on the right) then counts one more piece.

You can clip pieces together whichever orientation they have, as with a real puzzle, and form groups that will be saved if you leave in the course of the game, and that you can place later on the background.

To record the game, you just have to select the 'automatic recording' option, or you can click on the 'Record' button at any time. The automatic recording acts when you change the number of pieces, when you restart the game from the beginning, or when you cancel the game and may want to see the complete image of the puzzle, or when you leave the game.

Any time you start a new game, the pieces and the counters exactly find back their previous state.

Caution ! The recording of a game replace the previous game of the same puzzle. If you don't want the game to be recorded, uncheck the 'Automatic recording' box and then leave the game. The next time you will find the previous recorded game.

When you place the last piece of the puzzle to its position, then your score is recorded. The next time you will start a game of this puzzle, then the pieces will be randomly splitted up.

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The game interface  

When you click on a picture, the game window appears in fullscreen mode :

The game interface allows you to choose a few options before you start the game.

The title of the puzzle is shown in 1.

In 2 you can choose the number of pieces of the puzzle, by moving the button along the slider, and a preview of the grid appears in the same time. You can also choose a grid with the same cutting as the version 2 of the game, by pressing the F2 key and come back to the new cutting of the version 3 by pressing the F3 key.

In 3 is the button that allows you to start the game.

You can see the help page (this page) by clicking on the button in 4. The page is displayed in another window. You have to authorize pop-ups from this site in your browser options for that.

In 5 you can find an option for playing or not the sound effects during the game. You can also enable or disable this option with the S key.

Check the box in 6 if you want the grid of the pieces to appear. You can also enable or disable this option with the G key.

The image of the puzzle can be displayed in background with the option 'Background image' in 7. You can also enable or disable this option with the I key

In 8 the status bar of the window gives you guidance or directives during the game. You have to authorize it in your browser options.

In 9 is diplayed your player nickname. Your scores will be recorded with this nickname.

If a game is not completed and has been recorded previously for the puzzle, and with the same nickname, a dialog with Duke (the Java mascot) appears.

You have then the possibility to continue the recorded game by clicking on 'Continue' in 1 or to start a new game by clicking on 'New Game' in 2

After the game has been started :

The title of the puzzle is shown in 1.

In 2 is displayed the number of pieces of the grid you've chosen.

In 3 yoiu can find a button that allows you to stop the game and come back the the step described above, for choosing another grid for the pieces, for example. Your playing time and the pieces location is then automatically recorded, so you can restart the game later exactly as you leave it, if you want to.

The game can be paused with the button in 4. The timer is then stopped, and all the pieces are fixed at their location. Click then on the same button to restart the game.

You can see the help page (this page) by clicking on the button in 4. The page is displayed in another window. You have to authorize pop-ups from this site in your browser options for that.

In 6 is displayed the past time since the beginning of the game.

In 7 is displayed the number of pieces you've already placed during the game.

In 8 you can find an option for playing or not the sound effects during the game. You can also enable or disable this option with the S key.

Check the box in 9 if you want the grid of the pieces to appear. You can also enable or disable this option with the G key.

In 10 you can see an example of pieces that have been cliped. You can clip pieces together, whichever orientation they have, and place them later on the background - see How it works.

The image of the puzzle can be displayed in background with the option 'Background image' in 11. You can also enable or disable this option with the I key

In 12 the status bar of the window gives you guidance or directives during the game. You have to authorize it in your browser options.

In 13 is diplayed your player nickname. Your scores will be recorded with this nickname.

You can get a large play zone, much larger than your screen, to arrange the pieces as you like. You can move the play zone with the keys on the numpad, on the right of your keyboard :


Press 1 to move to the left and bottom, press 2 to move to the bottom, etc...

At any time you can return to the center of the play zone by pressing 5.

You can also zoom in or zoom out with the + and - keys on the numpad, and return to the original size by pressing the 0 key (zero).

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How it works  

When you start a new game, the pieces are randomly splitted up and the counters are reseted, or, if you've already played this puzzle, the pieces and the counters exactly find back their previous state.

To rotate a piece, first select it by clicking on it. Then the piece moves forward. Then, have it rotating with left and right keys, or with the space key (to have it rotating by the right), or by clicking on it with the right mouse button.

To move a piece, drag and drop it to the place you've chosen. Then if the piece is very close to its real position, and if its orientation is correct, its position will be automatically locked at the exact place, and the piece will move backward. Note that the counter (at the bottom on the right) then counts one more piece.

You can clip pieces togetherwhichever orientation they have, as with a real puzzle, and form groups that will be recorded if you leave in the course of the game, and that you can place later on the background.

Your game is automatically recorded in course when you leave the game with the 'Back' button, or by closing the game window. The pieces and the counters will find back their previous state the next time you start a game of the same puzzle, if you want to.

Caution ! The recording of a game in course replace the previous game of the same puzzle you may have recorded in course.

When you place the last piece of the puzzle to its position, then your score is recorded. The next time you will start a game of the same puzzle, then the pieces will be randomly splitted up.

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Points, records, ranking

The score of any puzzle game that was completed is recorded. For any puzzle, you can find a ranking of all the players by their playing time, with the "Scores" link in the left part of the window where are displayed all the details for the puzzle.

You can also find a "Players" section where all the players are listed, ranked by the number of points they have collected over the past year or by the number of records they've got.

You may earn points each time you finish a puzzle. Only the best game for each puzzle is counted. The formula is :

( number of pieces x number of pieces ) / played time in seconds

Thus, if you finish a puzzle of 30 pieces in 3 minutes, you earn ( 30 x 30 ) / 180 = 5 points. If you finish a puzzle of 300 pieces in 1 hour you earn ( 300 x 300 ) / 3600 = 25 points.

Finally, an "Activity" section allows you to visualize the number of puzzles played and completed every 10 minutes during the last 24 hours, with all the details of the scores for all the players.

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