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Virtual Toybox Puzzle Games is a collection of configurable jigsaw and tile puzzle games. Newly updated with stunning nature photos, you will find hours of entertainment in these puzzles.
  • The Jigsaw puzzle features hexagonal as well as square tile shapes, and with randomly generated non-uniform pieces, no two plays will ever be the same.
  • In the spinning tile game, the hex shaped tiles must be spun three at a time to unscramble the picture. Though the concept is deceptively simple, this puzzle is very difficult to solve.
  • Also included is the well-known sliding tile game.
  • As with all Virtual Toybox more...

What's New

Version 2010.08.11:
  • A new collection of spectacular nature photos, or the option to choose your own image.
  • Game configuration options are in a dialog to free up puzzle space.
  • Image preview.
  • Images are scaled to fit on your screen. (No more scrolling for lower resolution computers)
  • Option to select background color.
  • (Jigsaw) Multiple selection for organizing more...


  • Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later
  • Java 1.6

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Aetnaria Member IconReview+98

Works just dandy here. Hint - tapping the left and right arrow keys while dragging a piece around rotates it (a must for solving the jigsaws! - and yes, the Help menu explains this too).

Only problem I noticed was that the different puzzle options selectable along the left side of the window are stored in drag-down menus. They display fine when poking through'em, but afterwords you only see a thin slot showing a slice of the selected option instead of the entire graphic (a bit annoying when trying to use the puzzle graphic as a preview/guide).

Could use more features (or the option to turn them off) and sanding off the rough edges (will e-mail the dev them), but feels solid to me. Runs fine on a non-unibody Macbook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo with Mac OS X 10.6.2 installed.

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Version 2010.02.23
Legal Eagle Member IconComment+85
Legal Eagle

Refuses to launch on my system.

Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03
SMC Version (system): 1.21f4
Running Mac OSX 10.5.8

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Version 2010.02.23
Virtual Toybox (Developer)

Have you checked your Java version? This application requires JRE v6

Legal Eagle

My Java was last updated on 26.12.09, via Software Update, with "Java For Mac OSX 10.5 Update 6" version 1.0. Is it that to which you are referring ? If not, what is it that I need to install ?

Virtual Toybox (Developer)

Yes, that is what you need.

It is possible that if you have Java versions 5 and 6 installed that your system is using version 5 as the default.

I found this at

With a hunt around my Mac I found an application I'd never noticed before, "/Applications/Utilities/Java Preferences". Running it clearly shows that Leopard has both version 5 and 6 installed but that version 5 was the default. To change all I had to do was go to the "General" tab, then under the "Java application versions" section drag "J2SE 5.0" below "Java SE 6".

There is a screenshot here:

Legal Eagle

Thanks for your reply. I have just now followed those instructions to the letter and reset the Java Preferences. But the application still refuses to launch. strange. And a pity !!

Virtual Toybox (Developer)

I'm sorry it took me so long to get back. I prepared a reply, but must have neglected to hit the "post" button.

If you run it in a terminal, you might get some more information as to why it isn't launching.

In a terminal, type "java -jar" then drag the puzzlegames.jar file into the terminal window. This should launch the game, and show any errors that Java encounters.

More information on this at
The original post was by someone who was having a similar problem.

you can also verify your java version with this command:
java -version

- Jon

Legal Eagle

Jon, I opened up the Terminal application and followed your instructions to the letter. But still the application did not launch. I then followed your instructions to check which version of Java is running on my computer and got the following:-

Last login: Mon Mar 1 19:37:01 on ttys000
ronalds-imac-g5:~ ronald$ java -version
java version "1.5.0_22"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_22-b03-333-9M3125)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_22-147, mixed mode, sharing)
ronalds-imac-g5:~ ronald$

I have absolutely no idea what all this means, as I have minimal understanding of either Java or Terminal, but it may well mean something to you.

Any further suggestions you might have would be very welcome indeed.

Virtual Toybox (Developer)

java version "1.5.0_22"

It appears that your system is still defaulting to Java version 5.

In the Java Preferences console, there are two categories:

The first one is for Java applet versions

The second is Java application versions - version 6 must be at the top of the list.

Legal Eagle

It IS ( I repeat, IS) at the top !!! I am more than happy to send you a screen-shot, if you furnish me with your email address.

Legal Eagle

OK - AT LAST I understand. That Java Preferences Console is unbelievably complicated. As is Java itself to anyone other than a post-doctoral computer-science geek !! I have now put version 6 at the top of EACH of the 2 separate panels and AT LAST your application is launching. Bravo !! And thanks indeed for your help. But frankly, how is a mere mortal who is NOT a computer wizard but simply a mere lawyer, supposed to work all this out on his/her own ? It is simply diabolical. Apple should provide its users with FAR better help in relation to Java. It is NOT straightforward at all.

Virtual Toybox (Developer)

I'm glad you got it going.

I agree, it doesn't make sense to me to have software installed that isn't enabled by default.

I have fixed a couple of minor bugs, so you might want to download the latest version, now that you have it working :)

- Jon

Legal Eagle

Thanks Jon. I have just downloaded you latest version and it is running very nicely and providing me with lots of fun ! And thanks so much for all your help with the Java problem. I really appreciated it very much.

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Type Games / Puzzle
License Free
Date 14 Aug 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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