Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator

 
Introduction

A computer jigsaw puzzle is a popular PC game which involves connecting various irregularly cut ('jig sawed') and interlocking pieces to recreate a complete picture with programs.

Computer jigsaws can be an educational pastime, excellent for killing time or relieving stress, and a great fun game for family and children to share.

Most programs come with a set of pictures in various numbers of pieces. What"s more? Some good free programs have a cool feature to allow you to create a jigsaw puzzle from your own pictures to give it a personal touch. This makes the puzzle even more fun and interesting.

 
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Jigs@w Puzzle FreeJigs@w Puzzle Free is our Top Pick, has a good 3D design and is pre-installed with 10 pictures ranging from 12 to 126 pieces in the free version.

Among the puzzles available from the program, the first one in 74 pieces will give you a surprise. Solving the puzzle is like assembling a car, because the picture is cut into the shapes of its parts and accessories.

Want to create a puzzle of your own? Try its free wizard, Jigs@w Puzzle Promo Creator, which is a separate program. It makes a puzzle from your preferred pictures - up to 40 pieces in the free version. Just 'build a puzzle' and skip the other steps (like 'defining a banner' and 'alternative text'). Your created puzzle will have a small advertisement line at the bottom of the screen, but I don't find it intrusive.

 

Dinosaur Jigsaw PuzzleDinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle comes pre-installed with 12 dino pictures for kids. Choose one to start a game, then adjust to any of the 4 levels of difficulty (from under 25 pieces to over 100). Each piece successfully fitted is greeted each time by a pleasant sound.

Really can't fix a piece at a certain stage? Then let the program solve a piece one at a time, or even the whole puzzle. The program reveals time spent on each game.

Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle is more than a puzzle of dinosaur pictures. It allows you to make your own jigsaw puzzle from your lovely photo collection or favorite pictures in jpg, gif or bmp formats. A standalone executable file will be generated by the program for running or sharing the puzzle of your choice with friends and relatives.

 

BigJigBigJig is a nice jigsaw puzzle full of features. Number of pieces can be set from a few 10's to over 1,000 pieces depending on each jigsaw, cut in one edgeless shape or in 8 curl shapes, with optional rotation. A puzzle can be solved in a plain or shaped frame, or even without a frame to increase the difficulty level.

Other features include pieces embossing types, thumbnail, fit to screen, 4 pockets and 2 windows, auto saving games and saving solved puzzles into bmp files, etc.

This program is pre-installed with 8 jigsaws. Players can download a free jigsaw, replaced with a new one every week, from here. Sadly more jigsaw sets are available only to paid users. This program does not have a built-in jigsaw creator using your own pictures. A separate creator is for paid users only.

 

PicpuzPicpuz, a free Linux jigsaw puzzle program, stands out on its own by adopting a new idea. All puzzle pieces are presented right in front on the board and not scattering around. To solve a puzzle, just click any two pieces, each at a time, to swap them.

You can open an image file you like, set tile size, click "randomize tiles" and you are ready with a puzzle to solve. You can also save a puzzle at any time to a file, and open it again to solve the puzzle when you're free.

Too difficult to solve a puzzle? click "move one tile home" or even "move ten tiles home" to make life easier.

 

More jigsaw puzzle games

Check out these jigsaw puzzle games too:

  • Jigzo, a simple yet well-designed open source program, contains 12 photo puzzles ranging from 4 to 15 puzzle pieces, supports rotating pieces and sound effects. This game is easy to play and suitable for children, runs in Windows and Linux (also downloadable from Ubuntu Software Center).

 

Play jigsaw puzzle online

Enjoy these educational, refreshing or interesting jigsaw puzzles:

  • Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery at JigZone, choose a puzzle from a gallery of beautiful pictures of animals, art, flowers, scenes and other categories, change cuts into 6 to 247 pieces in different shapes. Too difficult to solve? Click 'Auto Solve'.
  • USA Map Jigsaw Games, drag the states to their correct places on the map in 5 levels of difficulty.
  • Solar System Jigsaw, drag and drop each orbiting body into its right place (in 'planet', 'moon' or 'hardware' satellite levels) and then see their relative speeds as they move around the sun.
  • National Geographic lets you time yourself as you solve jigsaw puzzles of selected nice photos featuring the Daily Dozen from Your Shot, with user settings for backdrop, piece size, rotation and showing assembly rectangle.
  • JSPuzzles offers tons of jigsaw puzzles in various sizes. You can easily select one to play from the gallery or try the daily puzzle with a different theme and get your best time recorded in the Hall of Fame.
  • Flash Puzzle Zone gives you top ten jigsaws and a refreshing daily puzzle to solve with a list of high scores. The image of the puzzle changes everyday.
  • Just Jigsaw Puzzles, more than 1,800 jigsaw puzzles you can play online, plus a new jigsaw puzzle featured every day. Adjust the level of difficulty, cutting types, enlarge the picture, click 'start' and play.

 

Create and play your own jigsaw puzzles online
  • Jigsaw Planet, create your own puzzles with difficulty levels, shapes and rotations, play your own or common puzzles or even send puzzles to friends.
  • Jigidi lets you play puzzles created by other members with filters by category and size, or sign in to create your own in three easy steps—select a picture from your computer, adjust for pieces, give a title and your puzzle is jigged for play.
  • Jigsaw Break, press a button to generate a random jigsaw, or create one using an image of your own choice from the internet, in any level of difficulty starting from 4 pieces up to 256 pieces.
  • Jigsaw-Puzzles, select one from thousands of puzzles, give a nickname and click 'play', with adjustable number of pieces, right click to rotate, optional background image, grid and sound effect. Or create own puzzle with a file size up to 1 MB.
 
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Quick Selection Guide

Jigs@w Puzzle Free
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
3D puzzle, sound effect, pre-installed with 10 pictures ranging from 12 to 126 pieces, size of own puzzle files generated by the Creator is smaller.
Need to run a separate program for Creator, a small advertisement added at the bottom of the screen by the Creator.
2.10
2.1 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win 98 to Win 8

Jigs@w Puzzle Promo Creator (1.7 MB) available here.
View the changelog here

Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
4 levels of difficulty from about 25 to 100 pieces, sound effect, solve one piece or the whole puzzle, create own puzzles.
Less 3D design, menu not kids friendly, size of own puzzle files generated by the program is quite big.
http://www.curiosoft.com/
1.0
1.9 MB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 95 to Vista

Warning: Downloads from Cnet (Download.com) now require the use of a proprietary installer.

BigJig
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Full of features, cut into a few 10s to over 1,000 pieces depending on each jigsaw, edgeless or 8 curl shapes, rotation, embossing types, plain or shaped frames or without a frame, auto saving games, saving solved jigsaws into bmp files, etc.
A separate jigsaw creator is available to paid users only.
8.23
8.96 MB
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win98 to Win7

v8.23 available 12 April, 2013

Picpuz
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver.
No sound effects.
2.6
273 KB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Linux

v2.6 available 12 December, 2012
View the changelog here

 

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Comments

by Bob on 29. March 2009 - 14:53  (18860)

I enjoy some of the online jigsaw puzzle stuff. Like this unusual take from the BBC. A virtual astronomy lesson with great flash movie s at the end:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/playspace/games/jigsaw/jigsaw.shtml

by Jojo Yee on 30. March 2009 - 3:06  (18887)

Thanks for the link. A very good example for educational jigsaw puzzles!

by Bob on 2. April 2009 - 15:56  (19130)

Free jigsaw puzzles online:
http://justjigsawpuzzles.com/

by Phylis Sophical on 9. May 2009 - 16:21  (21271)

My Favorite is BigJig by LenaGames.
http://www.lenagames.com/bigjig.htm
You get several jigsaws plus one new one every week. Has all the features of the above mentioned games.

by Jojo Yee on 10. May 2009 - 10:22  (21302)

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll give it a try.

by Anonymous on 20. October 2009 - 5:03  (35032)

I'll second your recommendation. I've tried several, and hers is by far the best. Easy to use, customizable, and a great variety of puzzles.

by Jojo Yee on 20. October 2009 - 15:15  (35056)

It's a good one but the jigsaw maker is not free.

I've added the game in the review and appreciate your recommendation for the game.

by PuzzlEd on 4. February 2010 - 9:37  (42758)

I've tried a few programs, and I really love jigs@wpuzzle2 from Tibosoft. I think I paid $12 for the program a couple of years ago- I usually go for freebies but this was a bargain! Tibosoft has some free versions of the program available, e.g Jigs@w Puzzle Free (above) but with fewer features.
I have made hundreds of jigsaws from very easy to difficult. There are heaps of options/features and you can even make your own templates for fun shapes.
I've put some jigsaws on my website, www.epuzzled.net with information about different programs on my epuzzleinfo page - including a chart of their features.
Hope this is helpful- jigsaws are so much fun, as well as being educational!
Cathy (PuzzlEd)

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2010 - 9:58  (42759)

Thanks for sharing the info.

by Anonymous on 2. April 2010 - 21:00  (46790)

Yay!!! I know what to do. Hooray!!!

by Anonymous on 12. May 2010 - 2:44  (49603)

The best online jigsaw puzzles:
http://thejigsawpuzzles.com/

by Keny (not verified) on 5. February 2011 - 18:16  (65886)

http://www.voknel.com - free online jigsaw puzzles

by PierreV on 8. May 2011 - 21:00  (71647)

Thanks for the tips ... I was looking for a free jigsaw game for when I'm on the train and my 3G connection goes down.
I would also like to recommend my favorite site that offers free jigsaws ... its Daily Jigsaw Puzzle - http://www.dailyjigsawpuzzles.net/ - I like it because it's updated daily and I can save and load games from any computer(it saves them on the site not in your computers cache).

by Rajdi (not verified) on 27. June 2011 - 19:35  (74424)

See also: http://www.voknel.com

by Ratzo on 27. August 2011 - 11:30  (78434)

Kraisoft is one of the better ones i think . It is a mixture of free and paid jigsaws, I have never used the paid ones as there are plenty of free ones available, it also enables you to make your own . When doing so you choose how many pieces you want and the shape of the pieces .
The downside is that it downloads a lot of jigsaws many which you wont use but if you like ding jigsaws then that wouldn't be a major problem . Well worth a look at .

by rhauth1 on 14. November 2011 - 16:51  (83286)

My favorite website to get jigsaw puzzles is [edited out]

by Anupam on 14. November 2011 - 16:59  (83289)

Sorry, the link has been removed. The article is about jigsaw playing online, or by software, that are free. The website you posted is commercial, and it is concerned with sending out jigsaw puzzles. This is not what this article is about. Please post about free software only.

by northpool.chris on 9. December 2011 - 14:10  (84711)

Another fun and free online jigsaw site is http://www.puzzleattic.com. A huge offering of original photographs and puzzle sizes from 6 - 384 pieces.

by Printable (not verified) on 14. December 2011 - 6:49  (84987)

This is well startling narration did by the author. Good justice has been done with the topic.

by Wayneq (not verified) on 19. December 2011 - 20:39  (85321)

Don't forget about www.JigsawADay.com
There is a new free daily jigsaw puzzle every day, plus links to more free puzzles on the site. JigsawADay.com has the web's largest collection of animated jigsaw puzzles, all free.

by sicknero on 2. November 2012 - 16:35  (101752)

I've been playing with this for the last few days ...

http://www.lenagames.com/astra-gift.htm

... and must say I quite like it.

You just run the app (can be portable-ised very easily), choose a pic from your hard drive, select a few parameters such as shape of pieces (six choices), number of pieces (12 to 600+), and then the app exports the puzzle as a stand-alone/non-install executable.

My only two gripes are firstly that I can't find a way to disable the annoying fanfare when you finish a puzzle (no big deal though, I have a volume mute!), and the fact that when you open a puzzle, none of the pieces are rotated which of course removes much of the challenge. This seems to be par for the course though with all the jigsaw freewares I've tried.

All in all a very nice little program, and great for people like me who don't want to always fire up the internet just to play a quick game.

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