Above: A glimpse at the new brand comparison criteria sheet from Jigsaw Junkie.
When I first began doing a brand comparison back in September of 2014, I was flying by the seat of my pants. I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to find much on the web about what a puzzle brand REALLY looked like, inside the box and assembled, before purchasing that brand. What was unique about a brand? Good or bad about it? How were they different? I wanted to find out and I figured putting up information on this website would be useful to other puzzlers too. It seems to be. The brand comparison has proven to be one of the most popular features of this blog and I get a lot of email about it.
It’s been a real learning experience for me. I’ve learned a ton about puzzle brands, and about what I like and don’t like in puzzle features. In fact, I’ve learned so much that I started to feel like the early brand comparisons I did were overly subjective or that I’m ‘grading’ things differently now because I’m pickier or less easily impressed. Surely a brand’s score shouldn’t be based on when I did it, or how generous or cranky I’m feeling on the day I write the review.
To wit, I’ve designed a much more objective set of criteria for puzzles brand reviews. You can read online or download the new brand criteria pdf here. I’ll be using this review criteria from now on, as well as going back and upgrading the pages from the brands I’ve already reviewed as I have time.
I’d love to get any feedback you have the criteria list! Also, feel free to download the pdf and use it for your own brand/puzzle reviews.