Ravensburger continues to produce new jigsaw puzzles that are both challenging and highly creative. First up is a 1000 piece puzzle entitled “The Artist’s Desk,” which depicts a Disney-Pixar animator’s desktop and bulletin board, filled with drawings, pens, pencils, notebooks and lots of color. This puzzle features Ravensburger’s “Softclick” technology, which allows the pieces to neatly fit together without having to press hard or bend them needlessly. There is even a slight click when the pieces fit together to insure you made the right move.
The Toys Bulletin staff actually put this puzzle together over a weekend. The assembly went very fast until we reached some dark gray and white images along the top of the puzzle. That drove us a bit crazy for awhile, but we enjoyed the challenge and we were very happy with the results.
One of the newer puzzle types from Ravensburger is the “Puzzle + App Games” concept for younger children. We got our hands on the 100 piece “Great T-Rex” puzzle suggested for kids ages 6 years old and up. The pieces are thick and large, perfect for little hands, and every child loves dinosaurs. Once the puzzle is assembled, Ravensburger offers a free app which can be used with all 4 “Puzzle + App games” in this series. Once you select the matching puzzle, the app features 3 educational fun choices for kids. First is “Panorama,” which when selected provides a closeup look at not only the dinosaurs shown in the puzzle plus many more as well. By moving your device from side to side the photo moves to reveal more and more dinosaurs. There are small white symbols on each of the dinosaurs not shown in the puzzle, and when one is touched, facts are displayed about that dinosaur. The second choice is simply “Interesting Facts,” which allows kids to learn more about the dinosaurs that were actually shown on the completed puzzle. The final choice is a short quiz to see how well you know your dinosaurs. All of the information to get a perfect score was revealed either in the “Panorama” or “Interesting Facts” section of the app. If a youngster completes the puzzle and plays with the app, their overall knowledge of dinosaurs may surprise most parents.
“The Artist’s Desk” retails for $19.99 and can be purchased directly from the Ravensburger website, while the “Great T-Rex” comes in at just $13.49 and that great app is free. Check it out at the Ravensburger website as well.