Jigidi was launched in January 2007. It has since become a busy hub for free online jigsaw puzzles with thousands of loyal fans from all around the world creating hundreds of new jigsaw puzzles every day. Many of these jigsaw puzzles are excellent. Some of the puzzles on Jigidi are fairly easy, with 60 pieces or fewer, while others are quite large with 240 pieces or more.
Piece together puzzles galore
I like to do jigsaw puzzles of medium difficulty, about 100 to 150 pieces. Jigidi has plenty of puzzles in that range. However, I would recommend a large monitor for puzzles over 60 pieces. I used a 21-inch monitor for this review and found 150 pieces to be about the limit before the work area became impossible to manage. The puzzle pieces are easy to see and interlock nicely, though I prefer to hear a subtle click when the pieces lock. The zoom in/out feature is a great touch especially when you need extra space on the board or want to focus on a particular area of the puzzle. Even with my 21-inch screen, at times it became quite cluttered with 150 pieces. Zooming out allows you more room to work . Fortunately, matched pieces lock together no matter where they are on the playing surface. (At some online jigsaw sites, a piece has to be placed directly over a precise area of the playing surface before it will hook up with its partners.) All pieces are right-side up, so there's no need to rotate the pieces.
This may deter some people who prefer that extra challenge, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
It would be helpful to have the option of being able to refer to the image of the completed puzzle as you're piecing it together, as you would with a boxed jigsaw puzzle. This is especially true when solving puzzles with 150 pieces or more.
One workaround for this is to open two browser windows -- one for your work space and one with the image of the puzzle you're solving. Then just toggle between the two, using the Alt+Tab keys.
Make and share your own jigsaw puzzles
Jigidi also has a filter that allows you to see all the puzzles from a particular user. This is great when you want to solve jigsaw puzzles featuring vintage Christmas cards, for example. When you find a puzzle that suits your taste, follow the link to the creator's profile page, and chances are you'll find many more puzzles of that genre.
Create an account at Jigidi and have fun making your own jigsaw puzzles. It's easy. Here's a step-by-step tutorial that shows you How to Make Your Own Jigsaw Puzzles.
How fast can you solve your puzzle? Can you beat the pros?
Information about the jigsaw puzzle is displayed -- its creator, number of pieces and how many times it has been solved, as well as the top-10 fastest solving times. Try to beat the fastest time. I came nowhere near the mark.
Look at these stats from A Garden at Versailles Jigsaw Puzzle. Two hours after putting up this easy 28-piece puzzle, it had been solved 70 times, and the fastest time was a mind-boggling 38 seconds. It took me several minutes.
If you want to get vocal, you can comment on the jigsaw puzzles. Jigidi connects to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, making it easy to share your puzzles as well as comment on other people's puzzles that you think your friends might enjoy. You may want to withhold Jigidi's publishing rights to Facebook, though, if you don't want your friends knowing about your jigsaw puzzle obsession and all the time you've spent solving them online.