Jigsaw v1.1

By Dave E & Europress

Originally published in EUG #41


Jigsaw is a visual puzzle for one player in which he/she must rearrange a scrambled picture into its original format.


Jigsaw requires PAGE to be set at &E00. If your disk filing system cannot support this, you will be unable to play Jigsaw.

To load Jigsaw, boot the disk in the normal way and wait for the blue options screen to appear. Underneath the Europress and Jigsaw logo, you should see the message 'Press F to load file'. The file required depends upon the picture you intend to divide and reassemble.

You must load a file before you can proceed to the game itself. Several files/pictures are included on this disk, and after pressing F, you will be asked 'Filename?' To load the first picture, type the filename FIRST and press RETURN. To load alternative pictures, refer to the index.

When the file has successfully loaded, the message to press F will be replaced with the title of the currently selected picture.

Options Screen

The options screen also summarises the keys for use within play and keys which can be used on the options screen to increase/decrease the difficulty level of the Jigsaw puzzle.

These option keys are:-
O - See picture before scramble, On/Off.
When commencing the game, you may view the picture in its unscrambled form for a few seconds if this option is left on. You also witness the rotating and displacing of pieces when this option is on. If off, the picture appears directly in a scrambled form.

Y/N - Jigsaw Pieces Outlined, Yes/No.
The Jigsaw pieces can have jigsaw-piece outlined superimposed onto them if you wish. However, it makes the picture more confusing to assemble.

:/? - Change Number Of Pieces : 25.
The default number of pieces which Jigsaw randomly scatters out is set at 25 but it is possible to reduce this number all the way to 1 and increase it to a maximum of 70. The puzzle either decreases or increases in difficulty accordingly.

Beginning A Game

To begin the game, make sure the options screen is not asking for a file and press SPACE. You will be given the name of the author of the picture before continuing.

The chosen picture will be displayed upon screen and scrambled. N.B. If the O option is set to off, there will be a 'black screen' delay. If you are also playing with a high number of pieces displaced, you may need to wait around half a minute before the scrambled picture appears on screen.

Playing A Game

Move the cursor over the individual pieces of the picture, picking up and dropping them in their correct positions or most convienient for the time being. Press E to return to the main menu at any time.

Game Controls

Z - Left, X - Right, : - Up, / - Down
SPACE - Pick Up/Drop Piece, RETURN - Rotate Piece

Picture TitleFilename

Should you not have (the facilities for) a printout of these docs to hand, you can see a catalogue of the disk in the current drive, by entering nonsense as a filename.

Jigsaw BBC/ELK Upgrade Copyright (c) 2000 Dave E
Jigsaw BBC Micro Original Version (c) 1992 Mark Lea, The Micro User.

Dave E, EUG #41