As the summer approaches, you may be counting down the days until your next escape to the beach, mountains, a foreign country or your own back yard. But if you need to escape before your next trip, check out these puzzle websites to get a mental break from your daily grind while giving your brain a workout.
These free websites have puzzles ranging from the easy to the challenging so you can play along no matter what your skill level. The good news is that you can have fun solving these puzzles without having to worry about missing puzzle pieces or tidying up after you’ve solved the puzzle. You can even use these websites to train to be a contestant on Survivor!
If you love jigsaw puzzles but hate the mess of hundreds of pieces scattered across a table, check out Jigidi, a website with virtual jigsaw puzzles. You can choose from puzzles with scenic photography, creative designs and dizzying patterns. If you’re feeling especially adventurous you can click the Quickplay button for a random variety of puzzles.
For a real challenge, check out the puzzle The Sacrifice of the Three Trees.
Use your cursor to move pieces into place, No need to rotate the pieces, just drag them to where you think they should fit. If the pieces belong together, they will click into place. If they don’t fit you can try something else.
Your progress is timed but no prize money is awarded for the fastest time. Helpful hint: find the corner and edge pieces first!
After you solve a puzzle, you can share your success on social media and compare your time with others on the leader board. You can also leave and read comments on the puzzles.
The site is free and you can sign up to create your own jigsaw puzzles. A paid membership is available if you want to be a Jigidi All-Star with premium features.
This website is a unique take on puzzles that lets you compose music as you create a design by drawing lines. There’s no right or wrong way to solve this puzzle, your challenge is to create the design that produces music that’s pleasing to you.
Head to the Ball Droppings website and start drawing lines across the screen with your mouse. As soon as you draw your first line a ball will start to drop. When the ball hits your line it will make music. You’ll hear a cacophony of sounds as the balls continue to drop and you add more lines.
If the sounds aren’t as pleasing to you as you’d like you can hit the Reset button at the bottom of the page. If you want even more fun, use the control buttons to:
- speed up or slow down the rate of the balls dropping
- increase or decrease gravity’s effect on the balls
I was able to compose an hypnotic tune using the lines shown in the image above.
You can find out more about this creative puzzle at the Ball Droppings home page.
If you fancy yourself a code breaker, check out Mad Ciphers, a website that challenges you to solve cryptograms. The site contains 290 puzzles with some letters filled in. You have to figure out the rest and break the code to reveal an interesting quote from a celebrity or historical figure.
If you enjoy Hangman or have always admired the Enigma code breakers at Bletchley Park, you’ll enjoy Mad Ciphers.
For a tech twist on jigsaw puzzles, check out Live Puzzles at Flash Anywhere. These puzzles add an element of challenge to traditional jigsaw puzzles because the puzzle pieces contain pictures that move.
Flash Anywhere has lots of puzzles for you to solve. With 104 pages of free puzzle games available for you to play, Flash Anywhere should keep you occupied for hours, if not years.
Google Doodle Rubik’s Cube
Google celebrated the 40th anniversary of the classic puzzle Rubik’s Cube with an interactive Google Doodle. Check out the Google Doodle Rubik’s Cube to see if you can solve the virtual version of the puzzle.
For more Google Doodle fun, check out Top 5 Google Doodle Games by Wonder of Tech reader Mahaveer Verma.
Do you enjoy puzzles? Do you find them to be a good escape from your daily life? Have you ever solved a virtual puzzle? Can you solve the Rubik’s Cube? Do you have any favorite puzzle website you would recommend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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Puzzle of Paint image courtesy of Brent Danley (edited)