Summary: I confess that I'm not much into puzzle games, unless I'm playing a flashy combo-crazy game like "Tetris Attack" or "Meteos." While "Picross DS" is not too flashy, it is a nice diversion from the typical snazzy sound effects-laden games. In case anyone hasn't heard about it, Picross is a simple game in which players fill in a little picture based on the numbers on the border of a square grid.
Summary: I love myself some puzzle games, and this game is a classic. Not only is it one of the older puzzle games, it also adds a bunch of new fun with the controls from the Nintendo DS. Picross is pretty heavily a Nintendo only game, and as most of their work, this game is another milestone to their game collection. The best features?
Summary: I heard a lot of good things about this game but didn't know what to expect. Not being a big Sudoku I was worried if I would like it, but for the budget price it was worth a risk. After two days I have to say that am completely hooked. It's gotten so bad that I have been having dreams about Picross tiles :( There's incredible value in this budget title. Even if you manage to burn through the bundled puzzles, you can jump online and download free add-ons from Nintendo.
Summary: For $20, it is hard to go wrong for a new DS game. This is another puzzle game in an already crowded field of games for Nintendo's handheld system. What sets this apart this from the others is a catchy mathematical appeal that doesn't FEEL like you are doing logic puzzles. The innovative design, nice touch screen, and diverse modes make this an excellent buy. The idea is that the picture is missing and you have to fill in the grid to make it.
Summary: Just got this game in for a couple of days, having known very little about it. In essence, it's sudoku meets minesweeper, as another review so aptly summed it up. Solve the puzzle to reveal a picture and see it spring to life in color and motion. Simple concept and brilliant in execution. The controls are absolutely perfect on the DS. For more complex puzzles, you simple scroll around by dragging the stylus across the screen.
Summary: Picross DS is an addictive and fun puzzler that puts a nice spin on the puzzle genre on the DS, and provides a wonderful amount of challenging fun as well. The ridiculous amount of puzzles are solved by attempting to form a picture as grid boxes are punched out by determining various numbers. Yes, the formula may sound a bit familiar for some, but make no mistake that Picross DS is still a blast to play regardless.
Summary: The good news: Picross DS is a worthy follow-up to one of the best brain-teaser puzzle games I've played, Mario's Picross . The bad news: despite a host of great new features, they've actually left out a great feature of that 14-year old title and even damaged the design (though only slightly). Picross DS keeps the same Sudoku-meets-Minesweeper gameplay of the classic game, derived from the popular paper puzzles called nonograms.
Summary: Picross is great fun, but gets very hard quite fast. It's very annoying when you've spent 20 minutes on a puzzle, only to realise you did something wrong right near the beginning, and the only way to rectify it is to start again. It is, however, well worth struggling through for the delight at the end when you can't help but exclaim out loud "Oh, it's a..." as I and my mother have done frequently over the past few days.