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John DickinsonBy John Dickinson
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John DickinsonBy John Dickinson
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£2,049
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20
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 28 2013 2:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Choose your puzzle, upload your images, share your pictures and customize your game. Save your progress, get bonus points, order real puzzles; play with friends with multiplayer, chat with pals, send puzzle e-cards, see your notifications and play with rotated pieces. Discover beautiful world images and enjoy a wonderfully feature rich jigsaw game. Compete on the leader board, get discount bonuses and organise your images with personalised puzzle jiglists.

Hours of fun from an infinite number of puzzle possibilities.

Jigsaws have been one of the worlds’ favourite pastimes for almost a century, whereas video games now dominate the global leisure industry, and generate millions for the companies that develop and market successful games. Jigfun brings these elements together in a video game that appeals to all ages, in all parts of the world.

With all the play in the game taking place on screen, the simple fun and appeal of traditional jigsaws is retained, while being enhanced by the tremendous range of additional features and options that computing technology provides, many of which are not found on other games in this market sector, making Jigfun the most feature rich jigsaw game platform available. With thousands of puzzles to choose from in the library you really are spoilt for choice, or you can upload your own images to play as a puzzle. You can also share your pictures with other players, customize your experience in the game, save your games and collect points and bonuses that can be used to further enhance your gaming experience. You can even choose an image and order your own real puzzles to give as presents.

By playing online you can also take part in multiplayer jigsaw games; chat with your pals; send puzzle e-cards and enjoy notifications about your puzzle pals; discover new images and ideas from around the world; compete for points on the leader board and gain discount bonus for monthly winners; and organise your puzzles into handy jiglists.

All in all, Jigfun offers hours of fun from an infinite number of puzzle possibilities, and a community of like-minded players with which you can interact and showcase your puzzles.

I have been a self-confessed computer game junky since I programmed my first game way, way back when I was ten! Back then I started designing and implementing my own games, including one to guide a parachutist down through clouds and a horse racing fantasy game, and all on a VIC20 and Commodore 64 computer (I am showing my age now!). Since then I’ve taken my hobby and developed a wide and varied career in the computer industry as a programmer.

My obsession with jigsaw puzzle gaming began one day when I was helping out my folks at home and my dad was close to completing a jigsaw puzzle. We found out that a piece was missing (something that can’t happen when you play on a game platform!) and the disappointment of not being able to finish after putting in all the effort was very real. It was then that I started to look for electronic jigsaw game platforms and I noticed that of all the many I came across, none really had the range of features that were needed.

So I decided to start the Jigfun journey and commissioned a prototype/proof of concept. This proved invaluable and would serve the basis for version 2 which was started in August 2012. We are now nearing completion of the game platform and we believe that jigsaw enthusiasts and puzzlers will be truly impressed with the features they have available to them.

Jigfun has now become a labour of love, as our research has shown that people all around the world, and from all generations, love to play jigsaws and will welcome a sophisticated new and feature rich jigsaw game platform.

In a world dominated by shoot-‘em-up games, jigsaw puzzles are a breath of fresh air that can be played by ALL the family.

Around the world jigsaw fans and enthusiasts are people that love to look at beautiful things and we realised that the worldwide jigsaw community is crying out for a game platform that can fully meet their expectations for what a modern jigsaw experience should be. This includes real human interactions and the ability to share those experiences. By bringing jigsaw puzzles into the 21st century, we aim to combine jigsaw puzzles with the creation of a community that can share and play their beautiful art and photos.

Jigfun is our contribution to the world. With it we aim to embrace and explore technology to create a powerful jigsaw game platform that brings together communities from all around the world, to help to break down barriers, and to promote greater understanding of different communities via the endless power of a simple jigsaw puzzle.

The possibilities for endless fun by playing and sharing this way are infinite, and we aim to give the jigsaw puzzler the best jigsaw game experience on the web!

In addition to the fun we also offer educational factoids for all our public images. Kids (and adults) of all ages can learn whilst they play by reading the factoid displayed. A puzzle factoid is a snippet of information about the puzzle image currently being are played.

Parents can also opt for a family option. With this option parents can control the access that their child has when playing a jigsaw in a community, including restricting chat access to pre-defined chat lines. This addresses the concerns about internet chat rooms, and puts control of Jigfun in safe hands. Parents can easily limit the access their child has to their own profile thereby ensuring a safe and wholesome puzzling experience.

Parents can control what access family members have access to. Options that parent and guardians can control access to include webcam, chat and profiles.

We want the players to experience something unique, something that they can't get from any other jigsaw game platform, and to achieve that we aim to include an extensive range of features, including:

We are also including several modes, each of which will have its own specific features.

Single player mode is great for when you need a quick distraction at work or want to spend quality time with your family to complete a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. In this mode you can use all of the above features and compete for puzzle points, and you can also set your current status to busy so you don’t get distracted by puzzle pals inviting you to play a puzzle game. When you need a break you simply save your current game status and come back to it at a later date.

When in single player mode you have the added option to play for lucky lock bonus points or aim for double points by playing in countdown time attack mode. You can also rotate pieces for an extra level of difficulty.

Multiplayer mode allows you to compete with your puzzle pals. You can invite family or friends to a simple jigsaw game and try to complete it in the shortest possible time. Whilst playing in multiplayer mode you can also view your puzzle pal with our handy webcam feature or check out your opponents real-time progress. Winners of multiplayer mode jigsaw get double points. No other jigsaw game platform offers with great option. All these elements combine to make the game fun and keep all the family together, no matter how far apart they may be.

Within the jigfun jigsaw game a 'lucky lock' bonus feature has been incorporated. Lucky Lock is a way for puzzlers to gain bonus points upon game completion.

Lucky lock happens randomly during game play when two randomly selected pieces of the jigsaw are locked togther. Lucky Lock does not happen every game and the user must be logged in as a registered user. When the lucky lock feature is triggered, a short animation appears on the game page and announces a bonus of double points for completing the current game.

The lucky lock animation is selected randomly from the lucky luck animation library. The lucky lock animation subjects can be anything but they must be quirky and fun and not last for longer than 4 seconds. Think exlpoding tomatoes, ninja high kicks, shooting stars and you get the idea.

We have used small GIF animations and converted them to flash animations that are played withing the flash jigsaw game.

While Jigfun is a screen based game, we understand that sometimes you just can’t beat the feel, smell and texture of real pieces. So we have teamed up with a jigsaw puzzle manufacturer to offer you the best priced personalised jigsaw puzzles you can get. Simply upload your image or choose from our great selection of seasonal or art puzzle images for your puzzle, and choose from a range of pieces to suit your taste or needs. If your image is not big enough or needs zooming in, we provide a handy cropping tool to allow you to choose a part of the image you want to have made into a real puzzle. This tool is very easy to use and great for small resolution images.

When you’ve decided on just how you want the puzzle to be, we will have it made and delivered to you.

We offer a rewards-based competition based on the least moves per month and fastest time for a completed puzzle. As you complete more puzzles you gain more points. The harder the puzzle the more points you will get. Monthly points leaders are given prizes, bonuses and real puzzles and get the chance to showcase their own puzzles.

View all your puzzle pals in this section. Go directly to their public profile and view all their puzzle in the their gallery section. 

This section shows all notifications received from your puzzle pals and likes you have received. In this way the puzzlers in the jigfun puzzle community can be kept up to date with new images from artists and pals.

At Jigfun we believe in the true nature of a jigsaw puzzle to make people’s lives better. Jigsaw enthusiasts love to look at beautiful and interesting pictures, so we will showcase artists and photographers in our artist gallery.

Every month we will then showcase a particular artist with the express intention of exposing their work to a wider audience. We believe that by allowing an artist’s work to be played as jigsaw puzzles across a worldwide community, they will receive the attention of a broad and appreciative group that will enhance their standing in the world, and bring a new richness to the puzzles that our players experience.

Every user gets their own dashboard where they can customise their own puzzle experience. Set your permanent background colour, favourite puzzle cut and set puzzle options such as lucky lock.

Customize your jigsaw environment with your favourite style, background colour and other options. Jigsaw customisation allows a jigfun user to customise their prefered playing styles.

We have made amazing progress up to now, with the majority of development and testing complete. We are close to going live with the game, after which we intend to fund a further round of development once we get feedback from the wider jigsaw community on the initial release and to implement improvements and bug fixes. It is this latter stage of development we are looking to raise finance for.

Games are expensive to produce and difficult to build. Up to this point we've been completely self-funded. We've put up a significant amount of cash to bootstrap the game to this point, including preparing the campaign, building tools, and lining up key resources to make this game the best possible experience we can create. We have been fully committed from day one, and though we have a long way to go we believe in the game, the wider jigsaw community, and our ability to craft something amazing, and with your help, we'll prove it.

Jigfun offers the most feature rich and satisfying jigsaw game available. Based online, the game brings together all the best elements of a traditional family favourite, modern game features and participation in an online gaming community. The funds raised from the Kickstarter campaign will allow us to create and develop another album and to enrich the gaming experience even further.

The pledges needs to offer more value, like:

£1 Lifetime pass as basic user and start playing as soon as we launch (approximately $1.5)

£6, 1 YEAR SINGLE PERSON PASS: 1 year of all premium features which includes multiplayer. Play online with friends and family. (approximately $10). Value approximately £22/$35

£12, 1 YEAR FAMILY PASS: 1 year of all premium features which includes multiplayer. Play online with friends and family. (approximately $20). Savings see FAQ. Value £67/$108

£50,  3 YEAR SINGLE PERSON PASS: All premium features which includes multiplayer, Play online with friends and family. (approximately $80). Value: Priceless!

£75, PRINTED JIGSAW. Receive a real, limited edition personalised jigsaw puzzle made from your own image or select from an exclusive kickstarter special promotion jigsaw design (approximately $120).
Value: Priceless!

£250, INCLUDE YOUR LUCKY LOCK DESIGN. We will add your lucky lock design into the existing lucky lock library. (approximately $400).
Value: Priceless!

We hope you'll get behind our team to help finish this game. We need your help to finish off the game platform. We are so close, and with your support can get the game platform live, upgrade the servers and tailor the platform to meet all of the requirements of the jigsaw puzzle community.

If you can't back, we'd love it if you could share our Kickstarter link with your friends and the retro game store down the street.

Please help us reach our goal.

Thank you!

Choose your puzzle, upload your images, share your pictures and customize your game. Save your progress, get bonus points, order real puzzles; play with friends with multiplayer, chat with pals, send puzzle e-cards, see your notifications and play with rotated pieces. Discover beautiful world images and enjoy a wonderfully feature rich jigsaw game. Compete on the leader board, get discount bonuses and organise your images with personalised puzzle jiglists.

Hours of fun from an infinite number of puzzle possibilities.

Choose your puzzle, upload your images, share your pictures and customize your game. Save your progress, get bonus points, order real puzzles; play with friends with multiplayer, chat with pals, send puzzle e-cards, see your notifications and play with rotated pieces. Discover beautiful world images and enjoy a wonderfully feature rich jigsaw game. Compete on the leader board, get discount bonuses and organise your images with personalised puzzle jiglists.

Hours of fun from an infinite number of puzzle possibilities.

Risks and challenges

Thankfully we can say with confidence that the risks of this project are very low. We have been able to plan carefully the development using a proof of concept and using industry standard use case practices. We are well underway in development, and all the core functionality and designs are completed.

However, we want to make a game that reflects the modern needs of the jigsaw community. Your contribution will help us make this a truly global enterprise that can help unite people around the world. We need to incorporate new piece cuts, improved user experience, further adapt the multiplayer mode to allow more people to play at the same time and enable people have a more interactive experience using notification on their favourite aspects of the site. We also plan to utilise the cloud and upgrade our servers to give the best, and fastest, experience possible.

We have so much more planned and we are as enthusiastic and passionate now about finishing this project as we ever were. The amazing team behind Jigfun is determined to finish the Jigfun project so we would be very appreciative of the support you can give!

Thank you, and please spread the word!

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