Category Archives: Jigsaw Puzzle Frenzy

No more cheating. New rewards and bonuses

Dear friends,

This week I had a fascinating email conversation with Mike, a fan of our puzzle game. The conversation started over a month ago when I received feedback about the game along with a story about how a game bug can be used to solve puzzles faster. The conversation triggered a number of changes in the game, the most important being the recent switch from points to time for competition scoring. However, this week Mike described the bug in great detail and I was able to reproduce the bug as well. The bug affects Jigsaw Puzzle Nature, Jigsaw Puzzle Journey and Jigsaw Puzzle Frenzy. I analysed the scores and I realised many players know about the bug and are solving the puzzles very fast by using it. In Mike’s words, exploiting the bug you can finish the puzzle almost just as fast as you can move the pieces. Once I got over the fact that some players are using tricks instead of skill to climb to the top of the leaderboard, I fixed the bug – the fix was trivial and obvious once I knew when it happens.

Introducing Coins

In the past, playing Puzzle of the Day was rewarded with points. However, playing regular puzzles from your puzzle packs did not contain the same rewards. The points were not used anywhere else in the game. One player could have 10.000 points, another 200.000 points but in reality it did’t matter, as the points were not used for anything.

Starting this week, a new reward system has been added to the game: Coins. Coins are rewards for solving a puzzle, regardless of difficulty, shape or if the puzzle is Puzzle of the Day or from your puzzle packs. The faster you solved the puzzle the more coins you get. The more complicated the puzzle the more coins you get. When you finish a puzzle you will also receive bonus coins using a playing cards draw.

The coins can be converted into crowns in your Game Account page. 50.000 coins can be exchanged for 1 crown. Crowns in turn can be used for unlocking puzzles.

Daily Bonus

The loyalty rewards have been replaced with a Daily Bonus using a playing cards draw. The daily bonus ranges between 5.000 coins and 10.000 coins. The playing cards draw has also been improved to occasionally contain significantly bigger rewards.

Relax Mode

I know the majority of you enjoy the competition, but I also heard that some of you play just to relax. In the past, there was no way around the game competition but starting this week you can. The game settings now contain a switch to turn on Relax Mode. The switch is turned off by default so you have to manually turn it on to try it out. Once turned on the competition scores and leaderboard are removed from the game. If you change your mind you can always turn off Relax Mode.

I’m super excited to release these updates and curious to see how it will change your experience now that cheating is no longer possible, every game is rewarded with coins, and there is a way to use the coins to get new puzzles.

Have a great weekend and have fun solving the puzzles!

Mihai

Competition Changes, Faster loading time, Ambience sounds

Dear friends,
Based on your feedback we made several changes to the games that I want to share with you.

Competition rank based on time

I heard on several occasions from you that the points score system was at times confusing and hard to understand. That is why, starting earlier this week the competition is based only on the time it takes to finish the puzzle. The faster you solve the puzzle the higher you will be placed in the leaderboard.
Q: Have you tried the new competition? What do you think about the new score system?

More details about players

We added the ability to see for how long a player has been playing the game. Move the mouse over a player to reveal more information about them. I already heard great feedback about this small hidden feature which makes me super happy.
Q: What other information would you like to see about other players?

Faster loading time

Following several reports from you we found some performance issue in the game that were fixed. As a result the game starts about 3 seconds faster and it navigates faster between pages.
Our goal is to make the games available to a wide audience without sacrificing features or performance.
All our games support players using Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or later.
That version of Windows was first previewed in April 2017 and since then Microsoft has releases 5 new versions of Windows 10. We know that some of our fans are using the old versions of Windows 10 for various reasons (either they don’t want to update, don’t know how to update, or their computer does not support the latest Windows 10 versions) and that is why all our games support old versions of Windows 10.
Q: What computer are you using? Tell me about your experience playing our games on your PC or laptop.

Monthly game updates

In the past years we released frequent small updates to the games. For example in 2019 we released over 200 updates. This strategy has worked well for us in the past because it allowed us to quickly fix bugs and to respond to user feature requests in a timely manner. However, doing frequent releases consumes time and it often leads to releasing unfinished features and bugs.
To make better use of our time we decided to switch to a monthly release cycle. What this means is that instead of receiving game updates very frequently (sometimes every week or every few days), you will instead get a single update once per month. The monthly release however will contain finished and polished features and less bugs. Thanks to the less frequent releases we have time to test everything well before releasing game updates.

Ambiance sounds

Jigsaw Puzzle Nature now contains a hidden feature that took months to get right. When you play puzzles in Leaves, Forest or Rainforest pack you will get to experience the southing sounds of the forest. The sounds were recorded by my mother that lives in Romania (a small country in Southeastern Europe). She is an avid puzzle player and she was super happy to hear the sounds that she recorded in the game. I hope you will enjoy them too.
Q: What do you think about the new ambiance sounds in Jigsaw Puzzle Nature? What other packs would you like to have ambience sounds?

New puzzles

Inspired by the addictive Tiger King series on Netflix we released Big Cats puzzle pack in Jigsaw Puzzle Nature.
In Jigsaw Puzzle Journey we added Bolivia puzzle pack and in Jigsaw Puzzle Frenzy we added Worldwide Recipes puzzle pack. The packs are available for purchase in the Puzzle Store and included in the Premium subscription.
Q: What other puzzles would you like to play next?

Pause to save

After countless requests we modified the way the games are saved. We know that solving a complex puzzle takes time and that often something else has to be taken care of while solving a puzzle (answering the door, answering a phone call etc.). To save the puzzle you just need to pause it. The game timer will be paused and the game will be saved on the disk. Even if you decide to turn off the computer after you pause the game, the puzzle will be saved and you can continue solving it later.

There are many more small features to talk about, but I’ll stop here for now.
Time for a coffee and a puzzle 🙂

Have a great weekend!
Mihai

Memorial Day 2020 Discounts: All Puzzles are on SALE

The month of May is the National Military Appreciation Month and it culminates today with Memorial Day honouring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S military.

To celebrate, all puzzles are on sale today. Hurry up and get your favourite puzzles at discount prices.

We offer discounts in these games:

Have fun solving the puzzles!

Mihai

Get Ready for the Summer

June is here and we are looking forward to a productive summer that will bring more improvements in our games, new puzzle packs and, most likely, new games to enjoy while you survive the heat wave. We were pleased to see that Jigsaw Puzzle Nature has been very well received by our fans. We’ve sent out the Dew puzzle packs to 5 of our players who downloaded and reviewed the game in the Microsoft Store. It looks like we have a lot of nature lovers among our players, so we plan to continue the Giveaway Newsletter campaign from Jigsaw Puzzle Nature this month too.

Now let’s look at the changes we have been working on this month, and what new surprises you should be looking forward to in the coming month.

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5 Secrets to Win More Crowns

Do you enjoy our games so much that you would like to gain access to more puzzles, and also get a good deal out of it? Then you’ll be interested to learn a few tricks of how to do that by using crowns. In this article, you’ll find out a few ways to earn crowns that you can use to unlock more puzzle packs for free.

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New Puzzle Game and More Free Puzzles

We have lots of surprises for you this month! We’ve just launched a new puzzle game: Jigsaw Puzzle Nature, a game that will help you reconnect with nature and enjoy its soothing effects. Moreover, you can now enjoy more free puzzle packs in all our games, as well as new puzzle packs to complete your puzzle library in Jigsaw Puzzle Frenzy and Jigsaw Journey. Finally, as a subscriber to our Monthly Newsletter, you will get a chance to win a puzzle pack from our newest game: Jigsaw Puzzle Nature.

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Less Ads, More Playtime

We improved the ads experience in all our games, and we cannot wait for you to try it out. By reducing the frequency and quantity of ads, you will now enjoy more playtime. Also, you’re going to love our recent puzzles packs and the new puzzles we added in our old packs. Finally, if you subscribed to our Monthly Newsletter, you will get a chance to win a puzzle pack in any of our games.

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5 Ways Jigsaw Puzzles Help Your Brain

We like the way puzzles challenge us to solve problems and the feeling of accomplishment we get when we match the final piece of the puzzle. Solving jigsaw puzzles is a fun and relaxing past time. However, few of us are aware that puzzles can prevent mental illnesses and boosts our brain activity.

Doing puzzles is an extremely satisfying activity that helps us unwind. Luckily, working on a puzzle can also have amazing benefits to your brain. Below we listed 5 ways jigsaw puzzles help your brain stay in shape.

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It’s March. Time for a Makeover

As spring approaches, we decided to do some cleaning in our puzzle games. Some dusty, old jigsaw puzzles got replaced with higher resolution pictures, while the Starter Pack has undergone a complete makeover.

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Why We Are Starting A Newsletter

When we started working on Frenzy Games, over 6 years ago, Facebook had just crossed the 1 billion users mark. Aside from having a blog, a Facebook Page was at that time a good way to gather a community of people that want to stay up to date with our game. Over time, as we build more games, we added a Facebook page for each of the game.

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