Excerpt: How does Nintendo keep doing it? They continue to innovate, and come up with fresh, new creative ideas. Sure those of us at Family Friendly Gaming can relate to coming up with so many awesome new ideas, but still Nintendo continues to impress me. Picross DS is like a crossword puzzle, but the blocks placed make up pictures. This is such a simple concept that has a lot of life to it. As one of the many non-violent gamers out there, I appreciate video games like this one.
Excerpt: Picross DS is not the first in its genre. Many years ago Mario’s Picross was released on the original Game Boy and the NES. The Japanese game didn’t sell all too well on the Western market, but those that bought the game really enjoyed it because of its simplicity and originality. Today, a little more than ten years later, Nintendo tries it again with a version on the Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: A new collection of puzzles from Nintendo for DS, Picross is a game that you, as well as your mom and math teacher, should love. The puzzles in Picross come in the form of pictures hidden on a grid, and your job is to uncover those pictures one square at a time. Most of Picross takes place on what looks like sheets of graph paper. You see a square made up of columns of smaller squares.
Pros: With incredibly fun puzzles and a timer to keep players hopping, this game gets your brain working.
Cons: DS sometimes misreads where you point your stylus. Low replay value.
Conclusion: This review might seem a tad short for a game with so much content. The fact of the matter is it is very difficult to review a game with nearly no graphical interface, no stirring soundtrack, and no characters to speak of. Picross DS is quite literally you, a grid, some numbers, and the seemingly endless combinations of them. If you have $20 and a DS, Picross DS should be at the top of your shopping list.
Excerpt: Over the last few years, the 'funny pages' at the back of the daily newspapers have seen a major change. The humble crossword has been joined by a whole host of new grid-based puzzles, which have pushed the comic strips and word searches to one side, replacing them with numerous number-based challenges. I am of course talking about the ongoing fashion for Sudoku, the commuter's favourite and spearhead of the new craze for Japanese grid puzzles like Kakuro and Maru-batsu.
Excerpt: Unless you grew up having played Mario’s Picross for the Game Boy, odds
are that you don’t know much about this puzzle, but at the same time,
odds are that you played it at one point in your life. For people in my
generation – remember those books from when you guys were kids, and it
had puzzles where you penciled in little squares to form an image out
of them? Yeah, so do I. Or for younger people, you ever read Tips &
Summary: There are a couple of faults but they’re easily overlooked, if you don’t like logic puzzle games though you won’t like this. It takes time and effort to complete the harder level puzzles but it’s a very worthwhile experience to get there. Easily the best puzzle game on the DS but the lack of flash will probably put people off. Look past that though, and you couldn’t get a better time eating experience.