Yes, the actual name of the game is simply 'Puzzle.' This game is made by American Video, though it's not acknowledged anywhere in the game itself; probably because the public was still shocked at their release of Wally Bear and the No Gang.  In any case, rather than dropping the player straight into a lame platformer with an anti-drug backstory, this game gets straight to the point. And from the looks of that caterpillar, they've abandoned the ways of staying away from drugs.

Your typical puzzle
Note the semi-useful Help feature, activated by pressing Select, which allows you to view the completed puzzle up to five times! However, this one's pretty self-explanatory.

In any case, this is how the game's played: It shows a puzzle's solution, mixes up the pieces, and then challenges you to put them back in the right order before the time limit is up. You are assisted in this task by the three blank slots on the right-hand side of the frame, where pieces can be stored away for later use.

Almost done

After finishing a puzzle, you're greeted by a screen that informs you of your time, your score, and a Best Score that seems completely unreachable, unless you're using a Game Genie or similar device. Judging from my score, i'd have to finish that stage in less than a second to beat the high score...

At this point, the next puzzle starts, this time using a picture in place of some numbers. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as before. I don't know how long this game continues, as I lost interest after the first couple of puzzles.

Overall Score: 5/10
One-line synopsis: If you really must play this game, go ahead; you can find those cheap plastic puzzles at Chuck E. Cheeses and this game for about the same price.

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