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Few can resist the lure of a good jigsaw puzzle. Each correctly placed piece is a mini-achievement, making it increasingly difficult to abandon. Yet, a dining room table covered with puzzle pieces is not always desirable. Many a parent has suffered through weeks of good natured silence while secretly hoping their child will become bored or disillusioned and scrap the project, freeing the table for its original purpose. Then, just as completion is neared, disaster can occur (the dog eats one of the cardboard pieces?) causing a premature halt to the entire endeavor.
These dangers are avoided with the Puzz3D Collection, which allows amazing puzzles to be built on the computer screen. The user begins by using the mouse to move traditional puzzle pieces around the screen, until a facet of the Victorian Mansion is assembled. The completed facet must then be positioned on a wire-frame drawing of the entire, 3-dimensional building.
But that's only half of the program. Next comes the murder mystery! Here, the user must enter and explore the Mansion. There are characters to meet, clues to uncover and activities to complete. The challenges never seem to end, and according to our puzzle-loving reviewers, neither does the fun.
Puzz3D Victorian Mansion is not simple and it cannot be effortlessly completed. Success depends on good visualization skills, patience and dedication. Thankfully, Wrebbit has done a great job building help into the program. Users are invited to begin with a tutorial that explains the program’s sophisticate interface, and gives step by step instructions for building a simple, introductory puzzle.
Among additional help options available to the user are: smart pieces (unmatched pieces resist each other), no rotation (pieces are all correctly oriented), presorting (groups pieces of similar color), no overlap, and 3-D guides (virtual wireframe guides that assist in the building process). Trays allow the user to sort pieces, four views let the user see the puzzle from different perspectives, and a zoom provides three magnification levels. Constructions tips can be accessed throughout the game, giving building recommendations and explaining the program’s advanced features. Finally, upon puzzle completion, users can choose to save it, print it, or view a performance evaluation.
PC: Windows 95 or higher, Pentium 100 MHz (200 recommended), 45 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 640x480, 16-bit colors DirectX certified video driver (1 MB of cache video memory is recommended), Double-speed or faster CD-ROM.return to top of page
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