Conclusion: If you've had your fill of Tetris this and Dr. Mario that, give Picross 3D a try. You might appreciate the slower and more creative gameplay. Don't be intimidated: The game eases you into its mechanics, and though there is a learning curve, you'll have a lot of fun learning the ropes. If you were wise enough to buy Picross DS , Picross 3D is a very necessary follow-up. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.
Excerpt: Picross 3D is a thought provoking puzzle video game on the Nintendo DS that relies on luck more often than skill. If the number is two then you know there are two blocks in a row that need to stay. If there is a circle of square around the number then they are on the same row, but separated. Sounds pretty easy right? Well similar to Suduko, not everything is filled in. There are times when this hand held game makes you guess.
Awesome, but very challenging, depth perception puzzle game.
Common Sense Media
30 June 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Picross 3-D requires patience and a good use of strategy. Much of that strategy is outlined in the lengthy tutorial. Kids used to fast-paced action may need to be reminded that blind block-smashing (as tempting as it may be sometimes) will raretly lead them to a correct solution. Parents should also be aware that children can create and share their own puzzles.
Excerpt: You basically just knock blocks around with your stylus and hope that you hit the right ones so that you can keep chipping away at a mass of blocks and turn them into a three-dimensional image of a flower or a butterfly or some guy walking through a doorway or whatever else. It doesn't sound exciting—and it isn't—and it doesn't sound engaging... but it is.