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Puzzle It is an English term that is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) . The word that is accepted is puzzle , which can be used as a synonym for puzzle .

A puzzle, puzzle or puzzle, in short, is a entertainment that invites to assemble a figure which is divided into pieces. What must be done is to take the pieces (each one contains a fragment of the figure) and arrange them in the proper way so that the figure is armed (complete ).

It is said that the puzzle arose casually in the century XVIII , when a cartographer cut the countries of a Map and, relocating them, he thought it could be a good method to teach geography. Over the years, the puzzles began to cover more motifs and became more complex, increasing their reach.

Usually the puzzle is a board game with pieces of cardboard, plastic or wood. The pieces are punched in a specific way so that they fit together, provided they are disposed of in the correct way. The puzzles are usually sold in boxes that, in addition to housing the pieces, contain the original image that must be put together to serve as guide .

The puzzles, with the weather , came to the field of video games. With certain changes in the original idea, they gave rise to a genre that includes classic proposals Tetris and Dr. Mario .

Currently, the gender Video game puzzle continues to be very popular, although the excess of titles that represent it have considerably eroded its image. This occurs especially in the so-called "mobile" platforms, which include phones and tablets, and it is because developing such a game is much simpler than one of genres such as action, RPG or simulation of races, for example. Since we are in an era in which the trend is to look for instant success , the puzzle seems the perfect recipe.

Strictly, puzzle video games do not have much to do with an image broken into parts, or at least this is not a necessity nor one of its characteristic features; this genus, which is also called of logic or intelligence demands the player great mental agility and, sometimes, motive to move forward . Among the different types of challenges Who can present a puzzle title are mathematical and logical problems, as well as the need to recognize patterns.

Unlike a pure action game, its rhythm is slow and depends largely on the speed with which the player solves each challenge . Since there are no "tangible" elements that characterize this genre, it often becomes difficult to convey the characteristics of some of their games through oral communication. Just mention Tetris and the classic one Minesweeper Windows to show that the differences can be substantial.

As in many other cases, the puzzle can be combined with other genres of video games to give rise to truly authentic and innovative creations, which renew the public's interest in this popular form of entertainment. Mythical series like The Legend of Zelda , Professor Layton and resident Evil They are clear examples of such a merger, which allows to create experiences unique.

In colloquial language, it is usually defined as a puzzle to those problems of difficult solution. For example: “I don't know how we are going to get all the furniture in this room: this is a real puzzle”, "I have a marriage and a baptism at the same time and I can not miss either event, I do not know how to solve this puzzle".

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