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Game Room


Need a diversion?  Welcome to our Game Room - curated specially for your enjoyment.

Play HIW Sudoku


There were similar number games published in European newspapers by the end of the 19th century. With the onset of the WW I, its popularity waned and disappeared from the pages of the newspapers at the time.

The modern Sudoku puzzle was designed by Howard Garn, an architect from Indiana, and was first published in 1979 by Dell Magazine as "Number Place". It became popular in Japan in 1986 after it was published by Nikoli and given the name Sudoku - meaning "single number". It became an international hit in 2005.


Jigsaw Puzzles


The first jigsaw puzzle, a map mounted on a sheet of plywood, was produced in 1760 by John Spilsbury, a London mapmaker. The cardboard puzzles were introduced in the late 1800, and became popular during the 1930's Depression due to their great entertainment value for a small price.

Choose and solve JIGSAW PUZZLE »


Also known as "patience" in British English, Solitaire is a single player card game believed to have been originated in France. Napoleon was also said to have played Solitaire during his exile. In recent years, Solitaire has become the most popular game largely due to its inclusion in Windows 95.



Concentration or Pairs, as it is also called, the Matching Game is a card game in which all of the cards are laid face down on a surface. The object of the game is to turn over pairs of matching cards. Traditionally, used for fun and as educational tool for children, but of late it has been promoted as one of many ways of keeping our brain active and sharp. Enjoy.



A Word Search, Word Find, Word Seek, Word Sleuth or Mystery Word puzzle is a word game that consists of the letters of words placed in a grid. The objective of this puzzle is to find and mark all the words hidden inside the box. The words may be placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

Choose a WORD SEARCH board, and play »


The first known crossword puzzle, created by Arthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, England, appeared in the New York World's Christmas edition on December 21, 1913. It was originally named WORD-CROSS, but one day, a typesetter transposed the title words to CROSS-WORD - and it sticks.

Plick a CROSSWORD PUZZLE and have fun playing »

Spot the Differences


Spot The Differences is a type of puzzle where players must find a set number of differences between two otherwise similar images, commonly found in activity books for children or in newspapers, and of late often incorporated on company websites to entice visitors to linger a little longer.

Plick a PUZZLE and try to beat the clock »


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