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- The free app AR Puzzle works on the iOS platform and is available for the iPhone or iPad versions 2 and 3
- The audio in the AR Puzzle is available in six languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch
- Finished puzzle size: 27" x 20"
- Ravensburger Premium Puzzle with Softclick-Technology
- Exclusively developed, extra-thick cardboard combined with fine, linen-structured paper creates a glare-free puzzle image for a quality you can feel
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A traditional 1000 piece puzzle that comes to life with a free "AR Puzzle" app from the App Store, Over the Rooftops of Paris provides an engaging puzzle experience that transforms the completed scene into a memorable tour of the City of Lights. Puzzlers complete a daytime scene of Paris then download the free app onto an iPhone® or iPad® model 2 or higher to animate the picture into a 3D, 360-degree view of Paris at night, including the Eiffel Tower. The audio in the AR Puzzle app is available in six languages: English, Geman, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
Enjoy a 360-degree view of Paris at night when the AR app is focused on the completed puzzle.
Ravensburger Puzzles are produced with hand-crafted cutting tools and feature an exclusively developed cardboard & linen-structured paper to create a glare-free puzzle image for a quality you can feel.
Over the Rooftops of Paris is one of Ravensburger's Augmented Reality puzzles that combine a traditional 1000 piece puzzle with modern technology to animate the puzzle for an interactive 3D experience. The free app "AR Puzzle" - available from the App Store for iPhone® and iPad® model 2 or higher - is activated by the camera function of the gadget and converts the puzzle's day-scene image into a 360-degree view of Paris at night, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. All is presented with background information about various city sights and is set against a musical backdrop. In addition to the AR technology, the puzzle features precision-cut puzzle pieces made with Ravensburger's Premium Puzzle Softclick Technology™.
Multi-Sensory Puzzling and Gaming Experience in One
Over the Rooftops of Paris presents two completely different play patterns: traditional puzzle assembly and a multi-sensory digital experience. The 1000 piece puzzle offers a family-friendly group activity to engage a wide range of ages, offering all the opportunity to challenge concentration, focus, and social interaction skills. With the technology features activated, the learning experience is enhanced with geography and history lessons presented via information bubbles above the site as the screen zooms in on specific city locals.
Technology and Puzzle Play
This Augmented Reality puzzle extends your puzzle experience in unexpected ways. The easy-to-use app engages tech buffs and enhances user's knowledge of specific noteworthy sites in Paris while also providing the sensory experience of puzzle play. Experience a totally new visual reality and reveal audio details, sound effects and factual information.
What's In The Box?
1000 puzzle pieces, free AR Puzzle app (downloaded separately), 1 set of instructions
From the Manufacturer
Ravensburger’s ground-breaking Augmented Reality technology makes your puzzle come to life. Download the free AR Puzzle app from the App Store that utilizes the camera function of the iPhone or iPad versions 2 and 3 to animate the scene. Experience a totally new visual reality and reveal audio details, sound effects and factual information. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Paris at night with information on city sights to the sounds of French music.
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First, the puzzle box photo: you must work the left and right corner segments of the puzzle without ANY photo, because the puzzle box photo has descriptive graphics (a "video-animation" banner and a photo of an iPhone display) that completely cover large segments of the puzzle photo. A tiny supplementary photo appears on the side of the box, but the puzzle photo's lower edge is cut off.
Second, the puzzle photo: the photo detail on most of the puzzle pieces is quite tiny, and in many areas, the photo itself is out of focus. Consequently, to have any hope of finding the location of a piece, you must look very closely at both the piece and the puzzle box photo. With the most out-of-focus pieces, you often cannot tell whether the piece is turned with the correct edge facing up. I actually started with the nearly one-color sky, because it was the easiest part. (I like doing single-color puzzles from time to time, for practice with recognizing puzzle piece shapes and orientations.)
After finishing the sky, I discovered that I could NOT assemble the remaining puzzle normally, by looking at the pieces, locating the ones that seemed to belong together, and assembling the pieces into various areas of the picture. Instead, most of the photo detail is so tiny that the "pictures" on the pieces look like parts of an abstract impressionist painting, and even obscure the shapes of the pieces. Worse yet, the pieces are often cut along color change points (for example, a mostly black piece may join with yellow tabs extending from a mostly yellow piece). In the end, I sorted all of the pieces by general color AND camera focus, and worked the puzzle in horizontal and diagonal bands, using a magnifying glass at times to peer at the box photo and the pieces.
The Augmented Reality feature is rather nice, although I had to Google "AR Puzzle" to find the free app in the iTunes store. (The app works only with the iPad and iPhone; it does NOT work with the iPod Touch.) To view the promised Paris nightscape, you must "Start" the app from the button on the menu screen. This turns on the camera; then you activate the app by focusing the camera on the Eiffel Tower. Thankfully, you can focus on the Eiffel Tower in the puzzle box photo as well as the Eiffel Tower in the assembled puzzle, so you don't have to finish the whole puzzle if you only want to see the AR app.
Once you activate the app, you see a fisheye photo with the Eiffel Tower lit up. Then you must move your iPad or iPhone to a vertical position to see the 360 degree nightscape that surrounds the central fisheye. By spinning in a chair, or just turning yourself around in a circle (and holding your device facing you vertically), you see the night view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Circles identify major points of interest (e.g., Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris). When you touch one of the circles, a page of historical, travel-guide-type description of the famous landmark comes up.
Whenever I'm working on a jigsaw puzzle, I get rather obsessed with finishing it. Assembling this puzzle (only 1000 pieces!) took me almost five full days--and I didn't enjoy the process, even though I normally love working the hardest jigsaws. In addition, the Augmented Reality feature is largely a gimmick that doesn't add much to the jigsaw experience. For these reasons, I rate this extremely well-made, extremely difficult puzzle at just 3 stars ("It's okay" on the Amazon scale).
The problem was, my mother-in-law is not too iPhone savvy and she didn't know she was supposed to download the app and view the puzzle through her phone. She missed part of the fun of the puzzle because of her lack of knowledge, and I have to wonder if anyone else did? I can only imagine that the instructions were not clear enough for her see that there was more to the puzzle.
She's remaking the puzzle and I'll show her how to see it on her iPhone, and report back.
Like all Ravensburger puzzles this is extremely well made and all the pieces fit well together. This is an interesting puzzle in that there is only the small part of the sky that is the same color, requiring a lot of patience. Well, that's not the interesting part. The interesting part is that there isn't really any other major obvious sections to fill in. Instead of being a puzzle with easy sections and hard sections, there's the hard section of the sky and the medium difficulty of the rest of the city -- which has cues in colors and perspective size, but nothing that really stands out. The Tower does, but it is pretty small. Making this a puzzle for the patient. It's worthwhile though.
As far as the "augmented reality," this is an app that works with an ipad or iphone that gives a unique perspective as viewed through the phone onto the puzzle, such as a nighttime view and map details that explain some major sights that go beyond the puzzle itself. This makes it extra fun as a interactive map of the city.
My minor frustration is that it's limited to iphones and ipads. I would think this could have much broader appeal if they extended the app to other platforms--indeed I don't have an iphone so had to have my brother come over and show us the augmented view.