Jigsaw puzzles are a wonderful, relaxing pastime in addition to being a fun way to train your mind. They nevertheless can be quite challenging, especially for players just getting started. Here are our best tips for getting started and for optimizing your fun, especially with the Join It Jigsaw Puzzles.

Main steps:

Step 1. Choose your puzzle and work space. If you are new to jigsaw puzzles it is better to start with a simple image and a limited number of pieces. In a real game players begin by deciding on the right work area, but Join It saves you the trouble by adapting to the number of puzzle pieces you choose.

Step 2. Sort the puzzle pieces. This is when the Join It features of “Grab & Move” and “Destroy the Heap” come in handy. A good way to begin is by separating all the outside edge pieces from the rest of the puzzle pieces.

As for the remaining pieces, most experienced players next sort them by color or shape into different piles. While it may seem a time-consuming step when you are eager to begin, you will find that the careful organization you do now will mean you finish faster in the long run. Be sure to pay attention as well to lines and other patterns as you sort and group the pieces.

Tip: Note that jigsaw puzzle pieces are cut to interlock, with rounded tabs fitting into corresponding blanks; they come in six basic shapes, ranging from no tabs and four blanks to four tabs and no blanks. Some players sort by puzzle shape as well.

Step 3. Start assembly. After sorting you can start the jigsaw puzzle. Usually it is best to start by assembling the entire outside edge of the puzzle first. If you didn’t find all the border pieces during sorting, not to worry! Some edges are hard to find, so you can spot them later.

Tip: In real play, jigsaw puzzlers refer to the picture on the box for reference; with Join It you can turn on the Reference Image Sticking function in the Settings to place pieces where they belong in the picture, if you need a bit of help.

Step 4. Fill in colors and patterns after you finish the border, to complete and finish assembly. This is often the most difficult part of the process.

Tip: Keep practicing. The more experience you have, the faster you will find you can work – and the more challenging you can make your puzzles!