Linderdaum Puzzle – For Puzzle Lovers
Tested version: 2.0.9
Latest version: 3.1.1
Requires Android: from 2.2
Some situations can be made a lot more tolerable if you have a puzzle to work on to distract you. Even puzzle nay-sayers will agree that having to wait in line for hours whilst doing a puzzle is better than having to wait in a line for hours twiddling your thumbs.
Of course, puzzle enthusiasts will tell you that there's nothing quite like relaxing at the end of a day with a good puzzle and a nice hot cup of tea. And let's not forget the educational benefits of doing puzzles: in the case of image or picture puzzles, scientists have argued that working on these types of puzzle games can help children develop their spatial and logic reasoning skills. Today let's take a closer look at Linderdaum Puzzle, a free picture puzzle app.
Features & Use
Test devices: Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab
Puzzle games have evolved a great deal since the first recorded puzzle game was invented by an Englishman in the mid-18th century. In the case of Linderdaum Puzzle users can pick an image from a fairly large 3D photo gallery and then unscramble it according to whatever level of difficulty you have opted for in the settings (more infos on that in just a moment). The images themselves are relatively generic: mainly landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, HD quality with vivid colours. I don't dig that particular aesthetic but there's no denying that they are very good quality and our guess is that many users will find them quite beautiful.
As an alternative you can also select a picture from your own photo gallery to unscramble or else take a new one from within the app. I personally found unscrambling my own photos to present much less of a challenge seeing as my photos aren't as complex as the default ones that can be found in the Linderdaum gallery.
In the settings you can opt to switch the music and/or sound effects on or off. I found the music to be particularly annoying and I chose to deactivate it. There are six sizes to choose from: 4x4, 4x6, 5x8, 6x10, 7x12, 8x14, and with some of the default images the 4x4 is challenge enough. Don't believe me? Well, you try unscrambling a picture of a pile of shallots or berries! Combine a flat picture of a pile of identical fruit with the 8x14 mode and you've got yourself a head scratcher, so if you're into puzzle hardcore: knock yourself out.
Once you've completed a puzzle the time it took you to unscramble the image will briefly be displayed and you can then either move on to the next image or pick a new image from a gallery.
I'm not a puzzle maniac, but I'm guessing that users who enjoy classic picture puzzle apps won't be disappointed by Linderdaum Puzzle. The app has a lot going for it in the sense that it's very easy to use and its set-up and design is logical and user-friendly.
The app is best suited for adult users or older children, simply because there aren't any kiddy images in the default gallery and the lowest level of difficulty (4x4) is already quite challenging in some of the pictures.
Screen & Controls
As mentioned previously, the quality of the photos in the Linderdaum Puzzle gallery are superior: sharp and brightly colourful. Whether you actually like these images is another thing (I personally don't, but I imagine that a lot of users will find them lovely). Bear in mind that we tested the application on two of the most high-end devices out there and we found the resolution and overall image quality and texture to be very good.
Controls are very fluid and easy as the entire app is navigated via touchscreen and we found it to be accurate and responsive on both testing devices.
A small bone of contention: the image gallery is set up as a linear and can only be navigated as such, meaning that you can't simply jump to the end of the gallery, you have to scroll through the entire thing.
Speed & Stability
Linderdaum Puzzle loads quickly and is stable and solid—except for two strange occurrences on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. On two occasions I finished unscrambling an image and then set down the device for a few minutes. The device went into power saving mode (i.e. the screen went dark) and then froze. I had to force close twice. The same did not happen on the Note, so I can't be sure that the bug is directly related to the app, which is why we are still awarding it a 'good' rating in this category.
Linderdaum Puzzle can be downloaded for free and without any ad banners from the Android Market and the AndroidPIT App Center.
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