Hasbro Product Description: A mind-boggling puzzle game imported from Japan by Hasbro Inc. It is made up of 300 puzzle pieces in shades of black, white and gray with symbols on the back. Users upload any photo through the Internet and print out a map. They then match the symbols on the puzzle pieces to the map and slowly assemble a puzzle version of the photo.
Jigazo is a jigsaw puzzle like no other. It is more like an I-Spy game or a Where’s Waldo game. The face of each piece is a different shade of sepia. However, the back of each piece has a different image such as a clock or an anchor. It is these images that you use to assemble the puzzle.
With the included computer CD, you can take any picture and make a puzzle that matches that picture. The software is really easy to use. All you have to do is load up a photo you have on your computer, select the part of the picture you want to make the puzzle look like, and the program gives you a layout of the pieces to make the image.
It is fun to assemble the puzzle. If you have more than one person working on it, you can each do a different part of the puzzle at the same time. When searching for the particular pieces for your section you can help the other person find their pieces. What is clever is that there are some pieces that can be described the same way. For example there is a “slice of cake” piece as well as a “full birthday cake” piece. Therefore if you ask your friend if they have seen the birthday cake piece, they might give you the wrong one. Where some puzzles can get boring when you get to the part where all the pieces look alike, each piece is unique and it always becomes a hunt for a particular piece all the way to the end.
When assembling the puzzle, it doesn’t look like the picture that you wanted it to be at first. However, when completed and you step back from the puzzle, you see the image right away. It is amazing how good the image looks considering how each piece is just a shade of color.
It is one of the few puzzles out there where you will want to disassemble the puzzle and reassemble it again to see a different photo, and it is still fun each time you do it. The pieces interlock very well so you don’t have to worry about the puzzle falling apart when you pick it up.