Anyone who’s not new around here will be pleased, and probably shocked, that I’m finally reviewing a game outside of the SHMUP genre. The next game in my IndieXmas 2018 Roundup is Pic-a-Pix Deluxe from the UK based, Lightwood Games.

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe is a logic puzzle game where the puzzles form pixel-art pictures when they’re solved. Think crosswords with pictures. You may know this style of puzzle game by other names including (but not limited to) Picross and Nonogram.

But does anything make this one different from the rest?

As well as classic black and white picross, Pic-a-Pix Deluxe also includes color puzzles that must be solved using a palette of up to 5 different colors. It’s a welcome twist, and opens up more possibilities for puzzle variety and complexity, over the traditional B&W puzzles. In this color variation, the clues not only indicate lengths, but also which color, the blocks must be painted.

This Deluxe version of the game features intuitive touch screen controls that were designed for Nintendo Switch. Perfect for playing in handheld mode. The game also includes co-op play for up to four players. It features 300 exclusive, new puzzles – 150 color and 150 black and white.

The puzzles range from simple introductory, 5×5 grids up to challenging 35×25 puzzles that had my brain twisted like a pretzel. They taunted me and I always went back, determined to complete them. (You’re older now, Chris. You’re not the puzzle master you once were. And how much weed have you smoked the past 26 years??)

There are more puzzles available as DLC, including content from the 3DS and Wii U Pic-a-Pix Color games. In fact, there are 39 individual DLC packs available for purchase. That’s a ton of content. (Someone tell me that’s not some kind of Switch eShop record??)

Conclusion

It’s simple, this is a puzzle game. It ticks all of the boxes and it’s presented well. You’re either a fan of puzzle games or you’re not. I am. They’re a great palette cleanser in-between the Smash Bros and Warframe sessions.

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe is a nice take on the Picross formula and would make a great addition to any Nintendo Switch owning puzzle fan’s library of games. It’s $7.99 USD on the eShop. Cheap entry for a great puzzle game, if you ask me. If you’re still not sure, there’s also a Demo available.

9/10 Awesome Puzzler!!

A Picross style puzzler with a twist of it’s own

Pros

  • The addition of Color adds a fun, welcome element
  • Plenty of content to go through (and plenty more via DLC)

Cons

  • Its a puzzle game. Not much to bitch about unless you hate puzzles.
  • And if you hate puzzle games, why are you reading this review?

chrisunseen

I'm a mature gamer. (46!!) I'm opinionated and stubborn. I can be sarcastic as hell, but I'm pretty laid back. And I love Nintendo more than any forty-something should. I'm also the Editor-in-chief of The Nintendo Nomad. Hit me up anywhere you can find me on social media, if you feel like talking about anything.

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