Michael (Admin) | Sep 29, 2008 Games
FO’ SKIZZLE MAH NIZZLE!! Sorry, it just had to be said. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…
Skizzle is pretty cool. It lets you turn any photo into a puzzle, and as an added bonus you can “share” that puzzle with your friends who will have to solve it (using Skizzle) in order to see the picture. Ah, very clever way to get more Skizzlers! But since I don’t have any iPhone friends who bought this app (and I don’t feel like trying to make them buy it) I’ll just have to stick to talking about the non-sharing aspects which are still great on their own.
Sharing aside, with Skizzle you can choose a photo from your camera roll, take a new picture, or grab one from the in-app Google Images search tool. Once you’ve made your choice, Skizzle will chop it up and scramble all the parts. Now your job is to reassemble the photo by dragging the tiled pieces into their proper places.
I love the Google Images thing. Maybe you don’t want to use the pics on your camera roll, or maybe you just want something more challenging… after all, reassembling a closeup picture of a bowl of fruit is probably a lot harder than putting your mom’s face back together.
I did a number of Google Image searches and never got more than 20 results back, but I bet that’s by design and I don’t really mind the limit. The point of Skizzle, after all, is to have fun solving photo puzzles rather than browsing the 142,000 results you would normally get when you look for “hot cheerleaders”.
Another cool feature is the ability to change the difficulty of the puzzle after it’s created. You can also cheat by peeking at the photo in its original form, and there’s a timer at the top of the screen just in case you want to get competitive. One thing Skizzle doesn’t have is a global scoreboard and I suppose that’s because no two photos are exactly alike, but I think a cool thing for the future would be a place where people can share photos publicly and post their record times. This way, lots of people could solve the same puzzles and compete on a per-photo basis.
Sudo Labs, LLC has done a really nice job on Skizzle and for $1.99 it’s not a bad way to occupy yourself on your daily commute. Even better, use it to keep your hyperactive kids occupied! A few pictures of Barney the Dinosaur could buy you a lot of peace and quiet if there’s a reward for completion, ie: dinner. :mrgreen: