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Our new, free jigsaw puzzle app, Nosy Crow Jigsaws, is out today!

Posted by Tom on Sep 04, 2014

Our latest app, Nosy Crow Jigsaws, is available on the App Store today – and it’s free!

Nosy Crow Jigsaws is a free-to-download jigsaw puzzle app, featuring over 200 jigsaws based on artwork from our award-winning apps and print picture books. It’s packed full of great features, which make it incredibly intuitive and unbelievably easy to use, and also a wonderfully satisfying, absorbing jigsaw experience – fun for the whole family!

You can choose the level of complexity for each jigsaw, from 4 to 300 pieces, using an intuitive slider that adjusts the difficulty level. There’s a “piece rotation” toggle, which allows you to start with jigsaw pieces randomly assorted or in the correct position. There’s a very easy-to-use “tray” to search through pieces as you work on your jigsaw. You can zoom in and out to explore detail in each jigsaw and see the whole picture. There are information pages at the end of every jigsaw – learn more about our books and apps and explore more of the picture with “Can you see” questions for young children. And there’s lot’s more! You can watch Ed demonstrate just a few of the great features in the app at the video at the top of this post.

Download it on the App Store here.

The app comes with five free jigsaws of your choice – pick which ever ones you’d like from the whole library – and, of course, each jigsaw can be “re-made” from 4 to 300 pieces. And there are additional free jigsaws available – the app will automatically unlock the jigsaws using artwork from any Nosy Crow app that you already own!

You can buy further jigsaws in packs of 10 (again, you can pick whichever ones you’d like) for 99¢/ 69p, or unlock everything for $9.99/ £6.99.

This is the first time we’ve introduced an in-app purchase option to one of our apps, and we’ve done it in a way that we think is honest, straightforward, and sensitive to both parents and children. We know how many parents are wary of in-app purchasing – often with very good reason – and we’ve tried to be respectful of those concerns: we’ve implemented in-app purchase with the upmost caution. There’s a “parental gate” in place which asks for a date of birth before you can see ANY purchase options. We’ve set the maximum price tier at $9.99/ £6.99. And we’ve tried to be as upfront as possible: there are no tokens, or gold coins, or any similarly euphemistic currency that might confuse a child about whether or not they’re spending real money. And we also think the app represents good value: as well as the free jigsaws that it comes with (and the additional ones available for any other app that you already own), it’s also an app that features really beautiful artwork, is lots of fun (and very easy) to use, and is adaptable for children of lots of different ability levels.

Here’s a full list of the books and apps with artwork in Nosy Crow Jigsaws:

Apps:
The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by Ed Bryan
Cinderella, illustrated by Ed Bryan
Little Red Riding Hood, illustrated by Ed Bryan
Jack and the Beanstalk, illustrated by Ed Bryan
Pip and Posy: Fun and Games, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Animal SnApp: Farm, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Bizzy Bear on the Farm, illustrated by Benji Davies
Bizzy Bear Builds a House, illustrated by Benji Davies
Rounds: Parker Penguin, by Emma and Barry Tranter
Rounds: Franklin Frog, by Emma and Barry Tranter

Picture books:
Dinosaur Dig, by Penny Dale
Dinosaur Zoom, by Penny Dale
Dinosaur Rescue, by Penny Dale
The Princess and the Peas, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton
The Princess and the Presents, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton
Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger
Whizz Pop, Granny Stop, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger
Spells-a-Popping, Granny’s Shopping, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger
Captain Beastlie’s Birthday Party, by Lucy Coats and Chris Mould
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton
Books Always Everywhere, by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini

Here’s what the app looks like:

And here’s what to look for on the App Store:

You can download Nosy Crow Jigsaws exclusively for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch here – if you do so, we’d be incredibly grateful if you’d consider leaving a review on the App Store.

We hope you enjoy it!

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