Pic-a-Pix Deluxe Review - Nintendo Switch

Pic-a-Pix Deluxe Review - Nintendo Switch

Pic-A-Pix Deluxe - Quick Glance

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Players: 1
  • Achievements: N/A
  • Retail Price: $7.99

High Level Premise: Picross-style puzzles in both color and monochrome.

Graphics/Style:  2-D puzzler with pixel style pictures

Music/Soundtrack: Chiptunes forever!

Story: N/A

Replay-ability: High - There is no way that someone could memorize all 300 puzzles very easily. This has a lot of puzzle content which makes it good for many replays.

Time Commitment: A single puzzle could take a few minutes, or as much as around a half hour for for some of the more difficult levels.

Value: For $7.99, having over 300 puzzles at your disposal is well worth the price.

Favorite Element: The color levels bring an excellent twist to Picross.

Don't let the cute puppies fool you, the puzzles get tougher as you progress.

Picross has always been a great time waster for me. Ever since the firs Mario's Picross game on the original Nintendo Game Boy, it has fascinated me how pictures can be drawn by just simple clues of which boxes should be shaded. A revival happened when the Nintendo DS launched and the touch screen was now available to developers, this made Picross seem like a natural fit on this system.  Since then numerous of Picross games have been released on the eShop, and now Pic-A-Pix Deluxe is the latest Picross game available for your Nintendo Switch.

If you are unfamiliar with Picross the premise is simple. Number clues are presented in a grid-like fashion on each axis of the board. These numbers represent how many boxes are shaded in each row or column. Using simple deduction strategies, the player can determine the logic that dictates whether or not a box can be shaded or not. Pic-A-Pix Deluxe takes this a step further and provides clues for specific color shading of certain boxes. At first glance, I thought that this new mechanic made the game easier, but I eventually found out I was sorely mistaken. The color mechanic is nice to see your creations come to life, but in no way does it detract from the original gameplay or level of difficulty.

150 Color and a 150 Monochrome puzzles are awaiting you in Pic-a-Pix Deluxe.

Boasting 300 puzzles, the game has split the levels between original monochrome and color puzzles.  These start out simple in 5x5 grids, and can become as challenging as 35x25 grids later on in the game. Additional levels will eventually be able to purchase as DLC. The sheer amount of puzzles you receive with the initial purchase of the game is sufficient to keep you occupied with Pic-a-Pix Deluxe for days. And that's the real reason Pic-a-Pix Deluxe shines, is shear quantity. At $7.99, the amount of content received well exceeds the purchase price.

Classic Picross-style puzzles are available for those feeling nostalgic.

If you are looking for great logic puzzle, and even if you have not tried a Picross-style game before, you should check out Pic-a-Pix Deluxe. The controls are tight both when the Nintendo Switch system is docked and in handheld mode. At $7.99, you can't really go wrong, unless you have a shear hatred of puzzlers. Because of this, Pic-a-pix Deluxe isn't for everyone, but it does help fill a much vacant void in the Nintendo Switch library. There are not many puzzle games available, and I am glad to see a Picross-style game finally make it to the market with some extra features like the colorful puzzles. Just remember to keep checking the clock to make sure you don't end up seeing grids all day!

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