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A puzzle game.
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User rating: 11 (79%) 3 (21%) 10 comments

Good puzzle: Castles was available as a giveaway on March 16, 2021!

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Good puzzle: Castles is a puzzle - type puzzle game. In the game, you need to collect a full-fledged image from small pieces that are randomly scattered across the screen. The images contain a variety of images that depict ancient castles. For a comfortable collection of the puzzle in the center of the screen is a black-and-white image of the final image. A nice feature when collecting a puzzle is the automatic "joining" of the puzzle piece to the key points. The game can be competitive in nature, the goal of which is to collect the puzzle as quickly as possible, as it will show the best time for which the puzzle was collected.
Key features:
- Beautiful images that depict ancient castles;
- Easy to assemble the puzzle due to automatic pick-up at key connection points;
- Nice soundtrack.

System Requirements:

Windows XP and newer

Publisher:

Laush Dmitriy Sergeevich

Homepage:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1455090/Good_puzzle_Castles/

File Size:

184 MB

Price:

$0.99

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Good Puzzle: Castles
In Brief
Good puzzle: Castles is a simple jigsaw puzzle with twelve castle puzzles to solve. It is from the same series as Ultimate Puzzles Nature , Ultimate Puzzles: Animals 2 and Ultimate Puzzles Countries that were given away on the 1st, 24th and the 25th February respectively.
The Game
Good Puzzle: Castles is a simple jigsaw puzzle, created using the unity engine. When you open the game you will see the level selection screen with access to 12 jigsaw puzzles. You can choose any of these despite it saying they are closed. There doesn't appear to be any significance to this as even once you've completed a puzzle where it says closed doesn't change, so don't know what this is for or means? Once a puzzle is completed the timer does not stop. If you return to the level screen then return to the puzzle it resets itself and leaves no indication that you've previously completed the game; also, there is no profile set up, and no progress stats included with the game.

You can select from three languages, English, Russian and Chinese via the flag button in the top right hand section of the game screen. You can also turn off the pleasant music via the speaker button next to the flag, or close the game via the X button.

Once you've selected a puzzle you will see a black and white image of the puzzle, which you can see in colour if you hover your mouse over the artists palette in the top right hand corner of the puzzle. If you then click on the palette it will leave the image in colour, which can make it a tad harder to place the puzzle pieces because once a piece has been placed it disappears into the coloured image with no definable gaps/edges between pieces that have been placed and those that have still to be placed. That said, because you can see all of the image, it's easy enough to place most of the pieces just by matching up the piece with the image. Once the image is in colour, you can change it back to black and white temporarily by hovering over the artists palette, but it won't change it permanently. One your mouse pointe leaves the palette, it will return to the coloured image.

Each puzzle is made up of an invisible 4 x 5 piece grid; once you've place any puzzle piece in the correct position, they will lock in place. If you place any puzzle piece in the wrong position, when you let go of it, it glows red and will return to the outside perimeter of the puzzles image.

Overall, Good Puzzle: Castles is a 'very' easy jigsaw to complete, especially with only 12 puzzles and each puzzle comprising of only 20 square puzzle pieces. Also, the inability to get rid of the puzzles image either in black & white or colour and the simple shape of each puzzle piece makes it even easier to complete quickly. An experienced jigsaw player can easily complete the whole game in less than 25 minutes. Because these puzzles are very simple they are probably only suitable for younger children between the ages of 6 to 8 (maybe with adult supervision).

For what the game includes, I think the developer is asking too much for this puzzle game at £1.69 over on Steam; though, at the moment it is 76% off (i.e. £0.40) HERE, which I reckon is a more reasonable price for such a short and easy puzzle. Also, the developer is selling a DLC that includes all of the 12 images as wallpapers for £3.99 , though that is 90% off at the moment (i.e. £0.39/$0.50) HERE . If the whole series were to be combined into one game (i.e. all 4 puzzles and including the wallpapers), it would seem a much fairer price (in my opinion); especially considering that there are free jigsaw programs available online that are much better and more challenging than this.

Okay, we get this game this today. Also, as mentioned in a previous jigsaw giveaway, there was a particular jigsaw given away thirteen years ago called Infinite Jigsaw Puzzle, that included the ability to change the shape and number of pieces from a child friendly 24 piece simple shape to over a thousand complex shaped pieces (there were a variety of shapes you could choose from); plus, you could categorise and add as many of your own images to the game as you wished; (I still have the game on one of my older computers)

You can see a couple of videos of game play HERE, (posted by the YouTuber BatPrince on the 13th Nov 2020) and another via the Steam store page HERE. Also, you can see several Steam community members short and mainly positive reviews HERE.
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On Thursday 18th from 4pm (UK time) we will be getting The Fall; that includes engaging puzzles and tense action. You are ARID, the AI onboard a mark-7 combat suit. The human pilot encased within the suit is unconscious. You must find a way to follow protocol and save his life. It won the 2014 Game of the Year for best story.

Please see Delenn's threads over in the game discussion forums for Steam and Non Steam freebies HERE and HERE respectively. It’s worth adding these to your favourites and checking regularly for available freebies. Most are only free for a specific time. If you miss the deadline you’ll often miss out on some decent indie, arcade and AAA games. Once added to your account, they are yours to keep. I sometimes post more details about these freebies, usually including images and sometimes videos of the games being given away for free, but usually only after Delenn has posted links to the freebies first. (As always thanks for your time and effort Delenn, it's very much appreciated despite not thanking you enough.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game and it found zero hits from 58 antimalware engines. The downloaded executable may include some low level adware that only opens your browser to Falcowares home page after the game has installed, but does not inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Falcowares home page it earns them some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. You can see the results of the scan via the following link:


https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/52ad7a4ce10cab952d060fd55761a9fc2ecbedee33a0a926203be969e346ef98/detection

As always, too all community members, please stay safe in these uncertain times.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#6

Thanks game fits the review & comments. Mello piano, toggle. Pieces snap into place and images are worthy.
Not usually into these but this is keeper for "one of those days I need a few rounds".

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

I downloaded one of the early offerings in this puzzle family. The pictures are beautiful, yes. But the fact that all the shapes are basically identical, with little nubs that basically identifies the edge pieces, but has little other function. I don't bother with the others because I think jigsaw puzzles should have better shape variations.

Reply   |   Comment by Rufus V. Smith  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

For some reason when I click on download it just take me to page to share link, no download link appears this is for the games. would like th castle puzzle but seems I can't get it even when I put my email address it never gets sent to me!!

Reply   |   Comment by Pati  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

i hate timer games.
I prefer relaxed mode games.

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Carl,

Hi Carl, the timer has no effect on the gameplay. There's no time limit to completing any of the puzzles, and no record of how long it takes to complete any of the levels. Once you return to the level selection screen, the puzzle is reset, with no record of how long it took you to complete. You can take all day if you wished and it wouldn't affect the outcome of the level.

Basically (IMO), the timer is a pointless addition and can be ignored; unless you are one of those gamers who likes to speed run through a game, which from your comment you made above, you are not. :)

Stay safe and thank you for your comment.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
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The game installed and ran well on my windows 10 computer. The music that plays is a relaxing piano, which I did find pleasant and relaxing. The puzzle pieces are a good size square, that has color, and snaps into place when you have it in the correct spot. The pictures are all very nice. I do feel it is a good relaxing game. I did not see a place to alter any of the settings, or puzzle size and shape. This game I did find all the way around, to be relaxing.

Reply   |   Comment by Gail  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Gail , I did mean to add a thank you to Whiterabbit, game give away and falco for this game.

Reply   |   Comment by Gail  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Gail ,

Thank you for your excellent and very positive feedback. I agree, it is a very relaxing puzzle.

I'd like to have been able to turn off the clock located at the top middle of the game screen, but it really doesn't matter how long it take to complete a puzzle because there is no accountability for taking as long as you wish, or completing the puzzle as quick as you can. You can even leave the puzzle for hours unattended, and then come back to it, so long as you don't turn the game off or return to the level selection screen, which would lose you your progress because there is no ability to save your progress included with this game.

That said, because on average it can take less than 2 minutes to easily complete one of these puzzles, there is no real need for a save button (IMO).

The timer is more for those who want to beat their own completion times; sadly there is no record kept of that; except in the players memory. :)

Stay safe Gail

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Gail ,

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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