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Picture Puzzle (DOS)

Picture Puzzle DOS The game's title screen.
This is displayed for a short while then the game scrambles the skiing picture for what seems like ages

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Description

Picture Puzzle is a single player picture puzzle game.

The game takes a standard picture and breaks it into pieces, the player then reassembles these pieces to make a picture. The game is played entirely with the mouse and the player moves by selecting two pieces which the game then swaps. When a piece lands in the correct position a pleasing chime can be heard, when adjacent pieces are correctly placed the overlying grid disappears and the pieces are locked in place and can no longer be swapped with another piece.
All the pieces are rectangular in shape and the number of pieces in the final puzzle is set by the player to any number between 4 and 1400. The documentation states that using a high number of pieces will result in lots of pieces for sky, grass, water etc all looking the same and that the puzzle will automatically complete these areas if they are exactly identical.

This version, version 1.3, of the program only supports one resolution of picture which is 640x350x16, but they can be in the game's own .puz format, .pcx format or .gif format. The shareware version of the game comes with three puzzles, the registered version has ten puzzles, there were three other puzzle packs available each containing ten pictures.

The game has a many other features, for example when completing a puzzle the grin view van be toggled on and off, the menu bar functions can be used during the completion of a puzzle and the menu bar can colour can be changed so that it differs from the underlying puzzle.

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Picture Puzzle DOS This is the screen that lets the player decide on the size of their puzzle. The left/right arrow keys change the size of the grid
Picture Puzzle DOS The game's title screen.
This is displayed for a short while then the game scrambles the skiing picture for what seems like ages
Picture Puzzle DOS Having chosen a grid size and a picture the game slowly places the grid over the picture before shuffling all the tiles around
Picture Puzzle DOS When pieces are placed in the correct positions they become locked and the overlying grid is removed

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piltdown_man (118669) added Picture Puzzle (DOS) on Jan 29, 2015