Calling all puzzle fans: enjoy hours of great games on YOU's brand-new digital platform

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Expand your vocabulary, test your memory and figure out numbers by playing our games. (PHOTO: Getty Images / Gallo Images)
Expand your vocabulary, test your memory and figure out numbers by playing our games. (PHOTO: Getty Images / Gallo Images)

We love a good puzzle here at YOU – and we know the many people who devour our weekly puzzles and special puzzle magazines do too.

Which is why we’re thrilled to be expanding our puzzle portfolio online for the first time with world-class puzzle playing technology.

Yes, that’s right – you can now play your favourites online on your phone, tablet or computer.

“Online crossword puzzles are hugely popular worldwide and we wanted to introduce a local version for our readers,” says YOU’s Brainbuster puzzle compiler, Gerda Engelbrecht, who also helped to create puzzles for the new digital platform.

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You can play games on your cellphone, tablet or laptop. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

“The magazine has an established crossword community who enjoy filling in the puzzles on paper. We love those people and it’s great to create products for them. Now we can make the circle bigger for those who want to play online too.”

We know puzzle fans are very particular about the types of games they love. So we’ve split many of them into bundles such as word search and sudoku. We also have one bumper bundle that contains quick puzzles, codebreakers and arrows. The bundles are individually priced so you can choose according to your taste and budget. There are nearly 300 puzzles on the platform, and more will be added over time.

WHAT IS YOU PUZZLES

YOU Puzzles is an online platform where you can play a variety of puzzles including arrows, word search, codebreakers andsudoku. And for the first time ever you can play crosswords that have video clues instead of just an image. The puzzles are available in bundles, which you can buy separately. In each bundle there are themed puzzles you can play. They’re easily laid out so you can choose which one to tackle next once you get going.

WHAT ARE THE BUNDLES?

We know puzzle fans are very particular about the types of games they love. So we’ve split many of them into bundles such as word search and sudoku.

We also have one bumper bundle that contains quick puzzles, codebreakers and arrows. The bundles are individually priced so you can choose according to your taste and budget. There are nearly 300 puzzles on the platform, and more will be added over time.

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There are various bundles to suit your pocket. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Bundles include

- 10 video puzzles for R40-

- 10word searches for R40

- 20 word searches for R75

- 10 sudoku puzzles for R40

- 20 sudoku puzzles for R75

- 100 crossword puzzles (50 codebreakers, 25 arrows and 25 quick puzzles) for R250

SOME VERY COOL FEATURES

There are plenty of benefits to playing online, apart from the convenience of having a puzzle practically in your pocket if you’re playing on your phone.

Time yourself

Each puzzle has a clock that starts when you start playing. You can challenge yourself to complete it in a particular time and see how quickly you can get all the answers.

A helpful hint

If you’re stuck – and let’s be honest, we’ve all been there! – you can get a hint for a letter to help you move forward by clicking on reveal. It will show what letter should be in the box. You can also have a word revealed if it’s really just getting too tough to finish without that one.

A bit of confirmation

If you know a word but you’re uncertain if it’s correct, you can click on check word and it will show if it’s wrong. You can do the same with a letter – if it’s incorrect, it will have a red line struck through it but won’t tell you what the correct letter is.

HOW IT WORKS

All the puzzles are designed for easy playing on a computer, cellphone or tablet.

Step 1 Go to youpuzzles.co.za and create an account. You need to be signed in to buy any of the bundles.

Step 2 On the home page, click on Play Now.

Step 3 You’ll see a list of different puzzle bundles. Choose the bundle you want and then click on Add to Cart. You’ll have to do this with each bundle you want to buy.

Step 4 Click on Check Out.

Step 5 Provide your name, email address and payment details.

Once you’ve paid, you can start playing. You pay once and then have unlimited access to the bundle(s) you’ve bought. If you want to play any other bundles, you’ll have to buy them too.

TRY IT!

Not sure this is for you? Why not give it a go for free? There’s an option to test a few games at no charge. Click on three free puzzles to see how it works.

HAVE FUN WITH FRIENDS

One of the coolest social features of YOU Puzzles is being able to play a game with a friend. Both of you need to have bought the particular bundle containing the games you want to play together.

Here’s how to get going- Go to the puzzle then click on the person icon above left of the puzzle – it’s just next to the timer.-Copy the link and send it to the person you want to play with or share via Facebook and start playing.- Both of you have to be signed in to play together. You can return to the puzzle with the same link at a later stage if you don’t finish in one sitting.

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR A PUZZLER

You might not be the biggest fan, but if there’s someone in your life who’s addicted to them you can buy puzzles as a gift in the form of a voucher.

You choose how much the voucher is worth  (the minimum is R40) – it’s wonderfully unique and great bang for your buck.

You can have the gift voucher sent to yourself to send on to them, or you can send it to them directly with a little message from you.

Here’s how to buy

Step 1 On the home page, click on Buy As A Gift.

Step 2 Enter the amount of the voucher and click on Add to Cart.

Step 3 Click on Checkout.

Step 4 Complete the invoice details (name, email address and payment details).

Step 5 Select if you want to have the voucher sent to yourself or the recipient (choose in the section just opposite the billing details box).

Step 6 Pay with your credit card.

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