Summary: I first encountered Picross puzzles in Japan about 15 years ago. I was captivated by this rather simple yet very addictive logic-based picture puzzler. (If you like Sudoku or Kakuro, you will probably like this.) Of course, you used a pencil to do these puzzles. Later, I saw that there were also color Picross puzzles available, increasing the complexity over simple black-and-white.
Major irritation with the larger puzzle size vs screen size
CLG "Carrie Herbel Greenwald", Amazon
20 August 2008
Summary: The easy puzzles (small size) are too easy...but then you move up to the more challenging puzzles. Yes, challenging they sure are, BUT with the zoom size and the numbers along the sides, return to normal size with the tiny numbers to get the "big picture" in order to figure the puzzle out takes more time AND irritation than I am willing to give for a puzzle game.
Summary: I've been doing this type of puzzle for at least 14 years so when I heard they were going to have this for the DS, I ordered it. I enjoyed starting it out but was disappointed right away because this is basically a one player game. Unless you want to redo somebody else's puzzles, or have them poking into yours, you need more than one cartridge.
Summary: I enjoyed this game when it first arrived. A friend had said it was enjoyable and I got a taste for it after playing May's Mysteries. I raced enthusiastically through the easier levels but found the harder ones less relaxing so gave up on the game when Lost Treasures of Alexandria arrived. I must go back and try again!
Summary: I was very excited to get hold of this DS title as I had become quickly addicted to the picross/nonogram/griddlers concept. Having a neat, smudge free method of getting my fix was seemed very attractive to me. The game accomodates those starting from scratch with some simple puzzles which also allow you a chance to become accustomed to the input method but I found even jumping straight in to the higher level games there was still nothing anywhere near as challenging as...
Pros: Excellent introduction to the genre
Cons: Doesn't take the idea far enough to be a challenge
Great fun, but gets a bit frustrating on bigger ones
3 January 2010
Summary: I really enjoyed this at the start & even though the pictures revealed are very basic, it was quite addictive. Once I got my head round what to do, I redid some of them to see if I could improve my time. However, after a while I traded it in to get another game. Once the puzzles get to a certain size, I just found it hard to keep track of & found it was hard on my eyes. You can't scan a whole row or column at the same time, other than in the version on the top screen.
Summary: Saw a review of this yesterday and then had a cinversation with a friend and she had a copy so I thought I would give it a go and then write the review so here it is. This is a very quick and easy game to grasp right from the off. The game initially starts up with a tutorial and takes you through a simple game. Right so how do you play. This game is based on logic the tutorial starts with a five by five grid. Along each axis is a number or series of numbers.
Pros: Addictive, easy quick start
Cons: Can get a bit boring after a while, no multi profile option
Summary: Picross is quite challenging and enjoyable but when you get to level two you have to keep zooming in and out and cant see the whole playing field. I find this very annoying but realise that the tougher puzzles require more squares so what can you do? I think I like it but as I said the jury is still out on the verdict.