Giveaway of the Day - Family Puzzle

Family Puzzle
January 23, 2010

Family Puzzle – An exciting jigsaw puzzle game!

Family puzzles are one of the most accessible types of entertainment that help to improve logic, attention and memory. The game includes a great number of puzzle types and modifications, different shapes of puzzle pieces and a large collection of images.

The goal of the game is always the same – putting together an image from multiple pieces. The difficulty of a specific puzzle is defined by the image underlying it, but the most important criterion is the number of elements. The higher it is, the more difficult it is to put the puzzle together. Try using real paintings, images and complex landscapes.

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista; 500 Mhz processor; 64 Mb RAM; 25 Mb HD space; 3D video with 8 Mb VRAM
Publisher: Fly Games
File Size: 21.8 MB
Price: $6.99

This software was available as a giveaway on January 23, 2010, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.




  1. Family Puzzle:

    Today’s game is a 21.8Mb download that installs to C:\Games by default, though this may differ on some systems. you may find it tries to install to the previous gveaway location, so during installation its a good idea to keep an eye open for where its being installed to. You’ll also need to create a shortcut because none are created when the game is installed. The game is basically the same as previous jigsaws apart from new images (though there are some repeats). The following is the developers introduction

    An exciting jigsaw puzzle game based on a mosaic that the player has to put together from numerous image fragments of different shapes.

    Family puzzles are one of the most accessible types of entertainment that help develop logic, attention and memory. The game features a great number of puzzle types and modifications, different shapes of puzzle pieces and a large collection of images. The goal of the game is always the same – putting together an image from multiple pieces. The difficulty of a specific puzzle is defined by the image underlying it, but the most important criterion is the number of elements. The higher it is, the more difficult it is to put the puzzle together. Try using real paintings, images and complex landscapes. Large puzzles are a serious challenge and take considerable time to complete. Apart from that, the game enables the most experienced players to add an element of extra complexity – piece rotation. At the beginning of each level, puzzles are mixed and rotated at different angles. Anyone willing to forget about boring daily routines for a short while will find this game a real gem. Assemble puzzles with nice music playing in the background and enjoy the process. All family members will like Glamour Puzzles – in fact, you can play it together. The more friends and family members are involved, the faster you will achieve success. You can start right now by downloading the game for free!

    Reference accessed HERE on the 22nd Jan 2010

    The Game:

    Once the game has been started you have to scroll through the images to select what you want. There is no facility to add new images via the games GUI, (see conclusion below as this appears to contradict what the features say) and it seems like you can’t add images manually as all the images found in the games installed folder are of a format called .box which I’d never heard of before until getting the first jigsaw puzzle last month. Once you’ve chosen the image you wish to create a puzzle with you select the difficulty level. There are three of those; Easy, Medium and Hard. The easy puzzles can probably be completed in 10 to 20 minutes, or even faster if you utilize the ghost image which is an exact fit to the puzzle image (see the second image of Tower Bridge below). You can further increase the difficulty by allowing all pieces to rotate; once this is done you can start solving the puzzle. There are several buttons that allow you to perform certain functions such as creating a ghost image within the puzzle area that gives you a framework to build your jigsaw; this can be made to look more solid or virtually disappear altogether, depending upon how easy you want to make the puzzle. There’s also a preview button that brings up an image to the top left of the playing area. This has three settings, the first being a small thumbnail and the final setting (number 3) fills about a third of the screen. You can show hints which will drag a piece of jigsaw to the correct location on the board, but then will spring back, so you have to watch where it is going otherwise you may lose the position, especially on the more difficult settings. There is a counter to tell you how many hints you’ve taken. There’s also a B key that makes the central pieces disappear so that all you can see are the border pieces.

      Small Puzzle

    If you want to leave a puzzle part done and start a new one you can do so and then return to the partially finished puzzle at a later date. Apart from the in game buttons there are several keyboard shortcuts which I’ve detailed below.

    Useful keyboard keys:

    F10…………………………Boss Key
    Ctrl + A………………….Select All pieces
    Ctrl + S………………….Select All Border
    Ctrl + D………………….Select All unsolved
    Esc………………………….Back to game menu

      Medium Puzzle

      Large Puzzle


    • 220 built-in levels

    • 3 difficulty levels

    • Easy Creation of custom levels

    • Various puzzle shapes

    • Classic rotation of puzzle pieces

    • Interactive hints


    Problems with the game?:

    If you have trouble getting the game to work try downloading the demo from the developers site HERE

    The activate file will register that demo as well as the set up file we get. The advantage of using the demo from Fly games is you get a desktop and Start Menu/Programs shortcut installed, plus an uninstaller as well; (the shortcut to the uninstaller will be found in the Start menu/programs list if you decide to use the demo). That should solve the problems some are having being able to find the executable once installed. :)


    You can see around 80 images from today’s jigsaw puzzle as a slideshow HERE or all on one page yy clicking the Grid button to the bottom right of the screen just above the thumbnail filmstrip. There’s a slider to the top right that enlarges the images a little.

    Here’s a few of the images you’ll find in game:


    Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista

    Processor 500 Mhz or better

    64 Mb RAM

    25 Mb of hard drive space

    3D video card with8 Mb of video memory



    If you don’t like the intro or in game music you can easily change it for any of your MP3 collection. There is no file conversion needed because the file used by the developer is also MP3.

    If you’ve installed the game to its default location you should find the music files by following the path:

    C:\games\puzzle\Family Puzzle\MUSIC (this path may be different depending upon where you installed last weeks game; however the last part of the path is the same (i.e. Family Puzzle\Music)

    You should rename the files you are using to replace the original to the same names as the originals otherwise they might not be recognized; that said, someone reported in a previous giveaway that you didn’t need to change the names?



    I’ve used the demo of Family Puzzle downloaded from fly games to write up today’s game giveaway review; however, there seems to be some discrepancies between the demo and the main features that the developer says this puzzle has. From the list given above which was copied from the developers page for this game there are supposed to be over 200 images, which there wasn’t when I checked through the images. Also there’s supposed to be a selection of jigsaw shapes and the ability to create custom images. The demo looked exactly like the previous puzzles we’ve had over the last month, including at least half of the images being repeated. I will have to check the full version when its available in several hours from now to see if it was just the demo limitation.

    (Edit – the demo was totally different to the full version game, however, most of what I concluded earlier this morning stands. There are a large number of images to puzzle over; more than in previous games. I’ve updated the images I posted to reflect what the full version has as well as changed some of the images I posted in this review)

    The main disappointments with this game was the often annoying habit of the pieces to jump slightly out of place when you locked a couple of pieces together and the ability to change the number of pieces from very few, which would be ideal for children to thousands for the die hard jigsaw fan. Despite these omissions I still think the game is worth 7 out of 10.


    Alternative Games:

    I posted the following link last week, but just in case you missed last weeks game or you didn’t get the chance to follow the link, here it is again.

    There are hundreds of jigsaw puzzles available for free via the internet. This
    link to Caimans leads you to just over a hundred different Jigsaw puzzle games all of which are free.

    Thanks to Naomi who suggested we visit Jigzone last week. You can find loads of free jigsaw puzzles:

    Copmom suggested It’s not free, but you can create puzzles that you can send onto friends as copmom does. The program is actually very good with the ability to create puzzles with many more pieces than today’s game. Also you can upload your own images and use different interlocking pieces plus other features.

    You can see my comments for the other jigsaws given away over the last few weeks by following the links below:

    The only difference between today’s game and both of the above are the images found within the games and the GUI, which has a color change. Otherwise each of the three Jigsaw puzzles given away is basically the same game. I personally think it sad that they no longer sell the infinite jigsaw puzzle. And suspect it may be a tactical move to maximize profits ( then again I may be wrong). The game had everything these puzzles offer plus more besides. (i.e. the ability to add your own images, different puzzle shapes and the ability to change the number of puzzle pieces from several up to around 1400 using a slider so you could choose any number within that range

    The game originally given away by Fly games called Infinite Jigsaw appears to no longer be available from Fly Games, but Alawar games still sell it. The format is very similar to todays game except you have more control over the game, with the ability to add images of your own as well as several other differences.

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — January 23rd, 2010 at 12:55 am
  2. sory but it is only a demo you can only play for 30 min. an the buy

    ……………………………Moderator Comment………………………

    You need to activate the game by clicking on the activation module. (The orange coloured icon with a key symbol)

    Comment by alice — January 23rd, 2010 at 3:23 am
  3. for a really cool FREE puzzle program go to I’m sure that this one does not really compare well to the kraisoft one. another one that is not free but quite good is the “@jisaw” one. it very nice with losts of features such as puzzle gifts, galley viewing for completed puzzles, resizing and rotate options, ect…

    ……………………Moderator comment…………………..

    Thanks for the heads up on the Kraisoft freebie.

    Comment by jet — January 23rd, 2010 at 3:30 am

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