iPhone App Review: Jigsaw Live: AR Puzzle

iPhone App Review: Jigsaw Live: AR Puzzle

May 4th, 2010 by

Have you ever been doing a nice big beautiful puzzle and thought to yourself, “This is way too easy, I wish the picture was constantly moving as if a video camera were supplying the image…”?

Well now you can fulfill that dream with Jigsaw Live from XMG Studios, the developers that created the excellent Drag Racer: Pro Tuner. Jigsaw Live takes the feed from your iPhone’s camera and creates one of several different styles of puzzles for you to solve. The twist is that rather than just take a picture and break it into pieces, the video feed from your iPhone 3GS supplies a live, moving image to each piece of the puzzle. It’s an astounding technical accomplishment I’m sure, but is it fun?


  • The app is rock solid and well-designed, though I did have a challenge starting it up one time when I had a bad network connection.
  • It has four different shapes of puzzle pieces, as well as 5 different levels of difficulty, so you have dozens of options to choose from.
  • When the correct pieces are near one another they lock together, and upon completing a picture you can Tweet the picture or post it on Facebook from within the app.
  • You can even freeze the picture if the movement is just getting way too hard.


  • The puzzle shapes are pretty easy. The app offers squares, horizontal and vertical strips, and an assortment of random shapes inspired by Tetris blocks.

Bottom Line

Jigsaw Live is a great diversion for puzzle lovers and maybe even parents with kids that need a distraction. It seems a bit like a proof of concept at this point, offering only basic puzzle shapes and a low-resolution video image. At the price for what you get though, it is very tough to pass up.

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