Purble Place is an educational and entertaining game. There are three different types of game you can play in Purble Place that can help teach colors, shapes, and pattern recognition. As players get better, they can make the game more difficult either by increasing the complexity of tasks they have to finish or by turning on the timer to speed up play.

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To start a game

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Purble Place.

    If Purble Place is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?

  3. Select the type of game you want to play: Purble Shop, Purble Pairs, or Comfy Cakes.

    If you don't have a saved game, you'll start a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game. The first time you play the game, you'll select a difficulty level.

    • Playing Purble Shop. Behind the curtain sits a mystery Purble, and you have to figure out what it looks like by building a model Purble. Select features from the shelf on the right to add them to your model Purble. When you have the right features (such as hair, eyes, and a hat) in the right colors, you win the game. The scoreboard tells you how many features you have correct, and the game will give you hints about which features are wrong. But it won't tell you which ones are right and which are wrong. Watch the score change with each feature you add or take away, and then try to guess which ones are right and which are wrong. When you have one of each feature on your model Purble, click the Guess button Picture of the Guess button to see if you've matched the mystery Purble.
    • Playing Comfy Cakes. Chef Purble needs your help filling orders for cakes. He'll tell you what kind of cake he needs, and your job is to make it exactly right. He'll show you a picture of the cake and, as the cake moves down the conveyor belt, you need to pick the right kind of pan, batter, filling, icing, decorations, and final touches. You'll choose each of these things by pushing buttons under each station at the cake factory: round pan, chocolate batter, raspberry filling, and so on. When the timer starts, you have to think fast. When you get really good, you have to work on many different cakes at the same time.

    • Playing Purble Pairs. Can you find all of the matches on the board? Flip a tile over to reveal a picture, and then try to find its match somewhere else. Remember where the pictures are because if the pictures on the tiles you flip don't match, you'll have to try again. Match all the pictures to win. When you see a sneak peek token appear on a tile, find its match before the token disappears and you'll earn a free look at the whole board. Keep your eye on the timer, though, because you don't want to run out of time!

To adjust the game options

You can turn sounds, tips, and other settings on and off in the Options dialog box. You can set the game to automatically continue your saved games. The difficulty settings (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) are also in the Options dialog box.

  1. Open the Games folder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Games, and then clicking Games Explorer.

  2. Double-click Purble Place.

    If Purble Place is not available, you might need to turn on the Games feature. For more information about turning on the Games feature, see Where are my games?

  3. Select the type of game you want to play.

  4. Click the Game menu, and then click Options.

  5. Select the check boxes for any options that you want to turn on, and then click OK.

To save games and continue saved games

  • If you need to finish a game later, just close the game. The next time you start a game, the game will ask you whether you want to continue your saved game. To do so, click Yes.