Review: Tetzle

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Additional Notes
This game is also available for Linux! This game is free!


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Selecting a puzzle

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Solving a puzzle with the helpful overview window up

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You can also remove the shadows and bevel effects if you want

General Information

Genre:Puzzle ESRB Rating:NR - Not Rated
License:Open Source My Rating:Everyone
Played on:Martha
Available from: Gott

General Notes

One of the better perks of making jigsaw puzzles into a computer game is that you can usually use whatever pictures you want. This lets you use some of your favorite artworks or family photos for a little quiet game.

Tetzle makes this a little more interesting by making the pieces out of tetrominoes instead of the usual jigsaw style pieces, and as a bonus, it's also free and open source.

Gameplay Overview

Tetzle's controls are as simple as it gets. To pick up a piece and move it around, just drag it. If you want to grab several pieces, all you need to do is drag a box around them and you'll vacuum them up. Right click to rotate a piece, and the scroll wheel handles zooming in and out.

As for assembling the puzzle, pieces will snap together when they touch a neighbor. From that moment on, they'll act as a single, larger piece. It's general better to focus on building up one section rather than having multiple chunks of the puzzle going, but how you go about it is up to you.


Couldn't be simpler
Open source software is often loaded with controls, buttons and other options that crowd the windows and intimidate novice users. Tetzle averts this stereotype and provides a simple, clean interface.

Play area expands as needed
Puzzles with a lot of pieces often need a lot of space to spread out. Fortunately, Tetzle automatically expands the playing field when the pieces reach its edge, effectively giving you all of the space you'll ever need.

Save your game for later
When you need to take a break, just quit. It automatically saves your progress, so you can resume a game later and play at your leisure.

No sounds at all
Tetzle never makes any sound. This is ideal for a game you can sit back and play while watching your favorite show on Netflix or listening to an audiobook.

Unusual pieces make for a challenge
Normally jigsaw puzzle pieces have little knobs that makes it obvious when two pieces are neighbors or which pieces belong on the outer edges. This time, you need to look at the image on the pieces to work this out.

Puzzles are always different
Even if you pick the same image and the same number of pieces, the actual design of the puzzle is random. This means that you'll never play the same puzzle twice.


Quiet games aren't for everyone
This is just a matter of taste, but some people ( such as hardcore gamers ) don't like quiet games like this. They'll see games like this as lifeless or boring. This isn't so much as problem with Tetzle as it is just a different opinion.

Concerns and Issues

Completely clean
The only way that anything objectionable can appear in this game is if you make a puzzle out of an objectionable picture. In other words, you'll have to bring bad stuff into the game deliberately for there to be anything objectionable in it.

Artwork Credits

Tetzle don't provide any images for you to play with. Thus, I've used several pictures from the internet to showcase the game in the screenshots above. Here are the credits and licenses for each of the six pictures:

All Saints church in Alburgh - stained glass window
Found at geograph
Copyright 2010 Evelyn Simak
Licensed for use under this Creative Commons license.

Agnus Dei, All Saints' Church
Found at geograph
Copyright 2012 Maigheach-gheal
Licensed for use under this Creative Commons license.

Stained glass window, St Cuthbert's Church
Found at geograph
Copyright 2011 Maigheach-gheal
Licensed for use under this Creative Commons license.

Altar from the Rails
Found at geograph
Copyright 2014 Bill Nicholls
Licensed for use under this Creative Commons license.

Altar, St Giles' Church, Imber
Found at geograph
Copyright 2011 Brian Robert Marshall
Licensed for use under this Creative Commons license.

Altar and bible st johns Lutheran public domain image
Found at Public Domain Images
Copyright 2014 Leon Brooks
Image is in the Public Domain.