ArtPuzzle HD Review


ArtPuzzle HD Review


The Jigsaw Puzzle Quest

There is something fascinating when playing Jigsaw Puzzles. All these pieces on the table, all going in one place to make a global picture are quite attractive to a child, and sometimes to adults. But, I don’t know if you have tried to purchase a physical jigsaw puzzle in a shop; if you have, you might, just like me have been extremely disappointed. The problem I have is that the images on offer on the market are 99% total rubbish. From a poor Disney image to the totally depressing field of Daisies, there is nothing of art, nothing inspiring, nothing I really want to buy to my children. When you do find something descent (Ravensburger does produce some nice ones), they are made of 1000 or 2000 pieces. Forget it. I won’t buy a 1000 pieces jigsaw puzzle to my 6-year-old child.
So, when I got my first iPad, one of the first things I had hope for was …Jigsaw Puzzles made of much more creative pictures. It took a while, but at last, in 2010, I found something of interest: Art Puzzle HD. Let’s have a look!

N.B. This app is different from Art Puzzles HD (see the plural form?) by ADS Software Group, which is similar in spirit but not in practice and that I may review soon as well.

What is ArtPuzzle HD?

The principle is quite simple: it offers a simulated museum gallery in which you will find famous paintings. For each painting, you will have the possibility to cut it in tiles, get them mixed and put them back in order to see the painting.

All the images are from extremely famous painters such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Da Vinci, Raphael, Modigliani or Degas. Nothing but the best!


The gameplay is very simple indeed. Once the tiles mixed, you switch them by pairs, exchanging tiles places two by two.

There are 4 levels of difficulty from 9 pieces to 72 pieces.


In terms of education, a jigsaw puzzle is clearly a strategy challenge. The child must get the current picture and the objective picture in his/her mind in order to achieve the goal. The difficulty can be adapted to the age of the child.

The very interesting point here is that the child gets to play with some extremely famous piece of art, getting familiar with them. If you happen to have some knowledge about the masterpieces or the painters, it is a great opportunity to discuss. I think that using art at the heart of a game is a nice smooth way to introduce something that might otherwise be a bit dry.

ArtPuzzle-HD-12How nice?

The general design of the application is very honest. It simulates a bit of a museum gallery. The images are crisp and clear. There is nothing wrong to mention. On another positive note, the musical environment is made of classical music. There again, the tune is extremely

How Easy?

Once again, the test was simple: my 6-year-old daughter could play with it at once.

How fun?

Here comes the tricky part: the images are very nice and the puzzles quite pleasant to solve. If the game comes for free, once you have solved a first gallery, you have to pay for the others. And the price was quite high at €1.79 the gallery. There are 5 galleries as in-app purchase. My daughter managed to get me buy all of them within a few days. So, I shall say: it was indeed fun to do.

Now, to be honest, it was not either the game she came the most often back to. But she was always okay to play it with someone else again. Her older brother was happy to play it with her as well.


MacPhun LLC, the publisher has stopped maintaining this app. I think it is a shame as there was some real potential in it. I guess they did not sell enough of ArtPuzzle HD. You can still get if from the App Store though, hence this review. I have tried it on iOS 7 and it has no problem to run with it. The price at the time of this review is unfortunately too high in my opinion, though.

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