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Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery (Switch eShop)

Posted by SheldonRandoms on April 12, 2018 at 7:40 PM

eShop Guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, I'm going to be constructing a trip to Japan (I wish) by putting it together in Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery. If you, like me, wanted to do such a thing, this jigsaw puzzle will be able to help you with that. I just opened the box of puzzle pieces and placed them on the table, i'll be seeing if said pieces of the puzzle will all fix together to form Japan, or will they form nothing? Let's put the pieces in now!

As the name of the game implies, this is a jigsaw game where you put pieces of a puzzle together to form a full, bigger picture. The title also has “animated” in it, this is due to the puzzles being animated gifs, which will continue to loop, showing each piece moving and having a life of it's own. The theme here is Japanese scenery, showcasing a slice of Japanese culture from real world locations from Japan. Whether it's from a bright, cloudy day with cherry blossoms watching over people in boats, or some Japanese macaque keeping warm in a hot springs on a chilly, snowy day, these puzzles will look good once completed, however with each piece moving around, it can sometimes make placing some pieces a bit tricky to know which is which, on contrast tho, it can also help in some cases.

There are three puzzle sizes present, with the minimal being sixty pieces, which then doubles to one hundred and twenty pieces, and then doubles itself again to two hundred and forty pieces. This might seem like a lot of puzzle pieces all scattered across the top, and could become quite messy when moving around pieces, thankfully the interface is neat enough that it can help you out if things get out of line. You can rearrange pieces back in place with the shuffle option, which can also divide the pieces from inner and outer pieces, which can really help you get started. If you wanted to keep some pieces separate, you can also place them by the corner by the right side.

What were you making again? If you needed a sample of what the finished picture was, you can click on sample, which will show you a finished puzzle of picture in motion. When putting pieces of the jigsaw together, if the background is blending in with the puzzle, you can change the color to make the background stand out more. More options are present in options, which can have you change some of the Japanese music, or turn it off all together.

Putting together so many puzzle pieces can really just take your mind off of things, as well as become a great time waster for waiting for an event to happen. Thankfully, and I mean, THANKFULLY, you can save your progress to finish at a later time. I put some emphasis on this since the game says before booting up the title screen, that it'll save automatically, although for your first time playing, you might forget this, and when you want to save the puzzle for another time, there is no option to “save”, but when you exit or close the game and return to the puzzle, it'll give you the option to continue where you last left or, or to restart. Whew, this could've been a major flaw for the game, but thankfully it's not present.

There's a total of ten puzzles, it might not seem like much, but with the difficulty increasing with more puzzle pieces, you could find yourself taking over an hour to finish some of the more challenging puzzles, which it'll show you taking over an hour as it'll save your best time. Times are listed based on the number of puzzle pieces you picked. Another way to replay puzzles is to have friends join in, as up to four players can all solve the same puzzle at once with their own joycon, which can greatly decrease the amount of time it takes to solve a puzzle, with group times being separate from single times. Playing with others also has a competitive side. At the end, it'll show how many pieces each player has contributed to the puzzle. Playing by yourself single gives you the option to use touch screen controls.

All and all, Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery formed a beautiful picture of Japan that makes me hope I can someday visit these locations. While the pieces of the puzzles themselves can make things sorta tricky at first, the big picture in the end result will be worth the wait of the flight to get there.

I give Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery 8 Japanese macaque out of 10!

Cost on the eShop: $9.99

Memory used: 419MB

Review code provided by: RAINYFROG

Categories: All Reviews, Switch eShop Reviews