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January 27, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

Venn is an Android puzzle game which, unlike other puzzle games, doesn’t rely on different pieces of an overall image, but rather different circles of an image that overlap each other; just like a Venn diagram. Venn is a puzzle game that features five difficulty levels and a wide variety of different puzzle packs that you can download from the Play Store. It’s a Puzzle game that breaks all the rules and makes solving puzzles fun again. Venn comes from the developers of Eye Know: Image FX Word Quiz and other fun quiz and puzzle games. Let’s take a look at their latest game here on Android.

All you need to do is to download the game from the Play Store to start playing, it’s also available in the Amazon App Store and on Nook, too. This is Venn Free, and features a taste of what the game has to offer. Once you’ve tried this out, you can purchase additional puzzle packs from the Play Store whenever you like, with 10 available altogether. These range from things like Food, Flowers, Skylines and Trees to animal-themed packs like  Birds, Cats, Lions, Dogs, Horses and Bears. Having these as separate downloads helps keep the size of the main game down considerably.

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When you first start, you can choose from a selection of picture puzzles to play through for free, but remember that there are more on offer with the theme packs available from the Play Store.

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You’re introduced into how to play the game quite nicely and after a little while you’ll quick have the idea of how things work. The Venn diagram method of putting pieces together is really intriguing and one that certainly makes puzzles feel fresh once more.

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There are a few hints and helpers (shown above) that will help you complete a puzzle if you’re feeling a little lost. Once you feel ready, you can go ahead and choose a puzzle from the few included here for free.

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The five difficulties come in the form of different pieces to put back together. I went with 20 as a nice little test of my abilities to start with. The beginner mode with 12 pieces is a nice puzzle for little ones, though. Thankfully, not absolutely everything is left blank, giving you some helpful reference points to start with.

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After a little while, things start to fall into place and you realize how much fun using the Venn method can be. I used to like puzzles when I was younger, but the square peg type puzzles quickly become too easy, here I found it to be a fresh challenge for a long time.

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At the end of each puzzle you complete, you’ll be given a look at how quickly you did the puzzle. In this case, I wasn’t quite as quick as I’d have liked, but not bad for a first attempt.

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You can check up on your times and how you’ve been improving in the stats screen on the main menu. Let’s not forget that you can purchase more puzzles for $2.99 a pack.

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After spending some time with Venn, I was pleasantly surprised with what the developer has managed to do with an ageing mechanic that is the picture puzzle. Puzzles are, for me at least, therapeutic and calming to work on; there’s no 3D graphics or talk of smartphones for once and it’s a nice way of sharpening my brain as well. The problem with conventional puzzles is that everyone has their own little tricks of finishing those off nice and quickly. With Venn though, it’s a lot harder to find tricks to quickly deal with puzzles and it does take a little time to get use to the overall process, but once you do it’s a fresh challenge that really makes you think hard about where you’re putting those pieces. I didn’t like that you have to purchase each pack individually, but they are put together of high-resolution photos and the game as a whole is well-polished and professional.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Venn ran great on my tablet and I never had any issues taking too long with puzzles.
  • Features (5/5) – It’s unfortunate that you need to purchase each pack on its own, but aside from that this is an excellent and fresh approach to how we solve picture puzzles. It’s well-polished and developed to a high-standard and should be fun for all ages.
  • Theme (4/5) – It’s a good-looking game, and the pictures are all sharp and colorful. The use of high-resolution photos rather than cartoons makes this an app to recommend to all ages, rather than just little ones.
  • Overall (4/5) – A solid and entertaining change of pace from standard puzzle games, Venn is well worth taking a look at.

Pros

  • Works well on smartphones as well as tablets, making it a great game for all the family.
  • Fresh take on something that everyone enjoys, the Venn diagram method makes solving puzzles much more fun than piece puzzles.
  • No need to struggle through through puzzles you might be stuck on thanks to the included hints and helps.
  • Lots of variety on offer thanks to 10 different packs available for download.

Cons

  • Can be difficult to get used to the overlapping style at first.
  • One-off price for multiple puzzle packs or all of them at once would be great.

All-in-all, Venn is exactly what I’d expect from the developer of Eye Know; a well-polished and fun game for all the family. There’s little barrier for entry and it works great on tablets as well as smartphones. The high-resolution photos are crisp and colorful and will appeal to the older players as well as younger ones, widening the appeal of the app. The idea of piecing a puzzle together using overlapping pieces does seem strange at first and it does take some getting used to, but once you do get used to it it’s a nice and fresh experience I’d say everyone would find a lot of fun.

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