Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery from Dico, BottleCube and Rainy Frog is a game in which you put together animated jigsaws puzzles with serene and beautiful Japanese scenes. Learn more in our Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery review!
There’s really not a lot of explaining needed for a game like Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery since the name sorta says it all. In this one you’ll take on solving ten jigsaw puzzles which are animated and show a short Japanese scene that loops over and over. As you complete each of the puzzles, the pieces themselves will be showing us the part of the animated video they correspond to, which will help you find where each piece goes so that you can complete the full image. Simple and to the point, right?
The puzzles start off on the easy aside of the spectrum since the first round of three is made of 60 pieces in total, so that you can quickly get the hang of things as you use the left analog stick to move the cursor over the piece you want to move, to then press and hold the A button to grab it. You can also play the game on Portable or Tabletop mode so that you can press on a piece and drag it around the playing space to find where it fits in the overall puzzle. That’s all there is to do in this one and the gameplay mechanics, along with the soothing music, make for a very calm and Zen-like experience on Nintendo Switch.
If you want to crank up the difficulty you can also take on the ten available puzzles in the 120 and 240 pieces variations which definitely change how you approach a puzzle. Sure, 120 and 240 pieces might not sound like much, but when you’re building an animated puzzles it will put a completely different spin on how you go about solving it. You can manually separate the pieces if you want to, but if you’re in a bit of a hurry, or don’t like to manually separate each puzzle piece, you can press a button on the screen with your fingers or with the hand cursor to automatically sort the pieces into edge pieces and the rest of the pieces that go inside of the puzzle… which is a much needed option for when you’re taking on the final four puzzles in the game.
You can take on the puzzles on your own, or you can take on some local co-op multiplayer for up to four people. Once you complete a puzzle you’ll be able to review how many puzzle pieces each player managed to put in its proper spot, so that you can compare all and see who did best. Playing with others is definitely fun and adds something extra to the overall experience.
I love jigsaw puzzles, so Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery was something I greatly enjoyed. Ten puzzles might not sound like much, but having them available in options from 60 to 240 pieces certainly increases the overall time needed to complete each one. Add the local co-op multiplayer component, and you have a solid game that does what it sets out to do: give us an easy to playa and relaxing puzzle game.
This Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Rainy Frog.