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Play a Puzzle Game from Virtually Any Browsed Photo

SUMMARY: Need a break? Play a sliding puzzle game inside Google Chrome and you can use about any photo you find online.

Google Chrome users - do you enjoy the classic sliding puzzle game and are jealous of Mozilla Firefox users who, with an extension, can turn virtually any browsed photo into a sliding puzzle game?

Now you too can have the same fun with the "Chrome Puzzle" extension. After installing, just find a photo you want to turn into a game and right-click it, selecting "Chrome Puzzle". You can then choose between a 3x3, 4x4, or 5x5 sliding puzzle game, or choose your own number of rows and columns.

Creating a puzzle from a browsed photo via Google Chrome and the "Chrome Puzzle" extension

To install:

1. From Google Chrome, visit the "Chrome Puzzle" page.

2. Click the "Install" button.

Installing the "Chrome Puzzle" extension

After creating a puzzle, click the "Shuffle" button to randomize the puzzle blocks. If you get stuck, click "Numbers" to place the correct puzzle positions on top of each block, or "Original" to show the original photo.

Playing "Chrome Puzzle"

Note that this extension only works with individual photo files and not photos found inside Flash movies, for example.

This tip was written regarding Google Chrome v9.0.597.19 beta and the "Chrome Puzzle" extension v1.0 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots are subject to change between versions and operating systems.

photo credit: Old Phone by Can Atacan

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