The History of Puzzles

The History of Puzzles

Both jigsaw and sliding puzzles have been popular forms of entertainment for many years. someFrogs have worked on developing these puzzles as flash games, but the original concepts on which these games are based have certainly been around for some time.

Commercial jigsaw puzzles are first said to have gained popularity as early as 1760, whilst sliding puzzles became something of a craze back in 1880. In the digital age, both have been adapted as electronic versions, in much the same way that fans of casino games can now play online at sites. These digitized versions offer much opportunity for customisation, as well as worldwide accessibility. However, they both had relatively humble beginnings.

Jigsaw puzzles were originally created from paintings, which were then cut into small inter-locking pieces to create a puzzle. John Spilsbury, a London mapmaker and engraver, is said to have been the first person to market the jigsaw puzzle as a popular game. Early versions of the jigsaw would traditionally feature scenes of nature, castles or repetitive designs. In more recent years, 3D jigsaws have also gained popularity, which require the construction of a sculpture-like jigsaw.

Sliding puzzles, on the other hand, are a little different. The first type of sliding puzzle was the basic 'fifteen puzzle', which challenges the user to side fifteen tiles around a sixteen-space grid, following certain routes in order to achieve a particular pattern or design. This version of the slide puzzle is thought to have been invented by Noyes Chapman, and was the first tile-based puzzle which prevented pieces from being lifted off of the board.

Both these puzzles have gained further popularity through the recent development of computerized versions. Download the someFrogs versions to try our modern adaptations of these traditional games today.