In an age where games are available on consoles, computers and smartphones, it might seem surprising that physical board and card games are still incredibly popular, and that digital versions of those games are one of the first ones to be put out. One of these games is the jigsaw puzzle, which has maintained popularity since its creation around 1760. However, like anything else, it has evolved over time, and many different versions of it can be found today. Keep reading to learn about the different jigsaw puzzles that are available for you to put together.
Everyone Loves a Classic
The jigsaw puzzle most people know and love are the ones made out of paperboard or wood and come in an array of beautiful, high-quality images. They have come a long way since their invention, and there are things that you can purchase to keep the pieces in once the original box is either lost or disintegrated. However, it can get boring to keep putting the same puzzle together over and over, especially once you run the risk of losing a few of the pieces. A fun thing you can do is glue the pieces to a piece of cardboard and place it in a frame so you can admire your hard work as well as the beautiful picture that you fell in love with on the store shelf.
Make it 3D
While many people like the original puzzle, it can get predictable after one has put so many together. A three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, while made of the same material as the original, gives a level of difficulty that you cannot get from a normal jigsaw, and they can come in a variety of figures for you to build. Many come in the form of well-known buildings and tourist attractions, such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, as well as popular historic objects such as the RMS Titanic.
These can take up a lot of space, and you may not know where to put them initially, but you do end up with a beautiful rendition of whatever you choose. Also, unlike original jigsaws, three-dimensional puzzles are not meant to be taken apart, though they can be. This means that once you build it, you are not necessarily meant to re-build it, so you get the added challenge of ensuring that you get it right the first time. If one of these puzzles has moving parts, you must follow the directions to the letter and keep checking to make sure that each of the moving parts is working correctly and moving as they are meant to.
Now Available on Video
To add another layer of difficulty, there is now a puzzle you can try known as a video jigsaw. With this puzzle, the pieces are moving, playing the short video as you move them around. This makes the puzzle more difficult, as people are used to relying on the static nature of the pieces to figure out where they are meant to be placed in the image. Even puzzles with as few as fifteen pieces take a few minutes to figure out, and one of the best things about the pieces is that they can be rotated as needed, so you do not know whether the pieces are in their right position at the beginning.
Puzzles have been around for centuries in various forms, and jigsaws are among the most well-known. As manufacturers continue to branch out and develop new ways to entertain and challenge customers with their puzzles, you are encouraged to try each and every one that you can.