Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... There are number clues on each row and column which tell you how many squares along the line and in which order. The user will have to cros... more
Member Name: autumnleaf
Advantages: Very addictive
Disadvantages: Stylus controls can be a little tricky
Picross is a really addictive and fun puzzle game for the DS, based heavily on the Japanese puzzle game Hanjie.
Rather than explain all of the rules (which can be found on the net) I will just give a brief summary: You are given a grid within which a picture is contained. You make the picture by painting in the correct grid squares. There are number clues on each row and column which tell you how many squares along the line and in which order. The user will have to cross reference columns and rows to determine which cells must be filled in.
There are easy puzzles to begin with which will allow the player to ease their way into the game and the rules, there is little to worry about if you know nothing of Hanjie, this game is very easy to get in to and quick to pick up. You will have to start establishing your own rules as you progress through to harder boards, with larger grids.
You play against a timer, which gives you a set amount of time to complete, but if you ever fill in an incorrect tile then you will incur a time penalty. If you exceed the time penalty, you can still complete the board, but you will not get a nice flashy graphical representation of your picture, in essence you will have to do it again in order to complete it properly.
The game can be played using the stylus or the control pad and buttons. I much preferred the latter option as I tended to accidentally hit the wrong tile with the stylus, and you can zoom in and out easily using the buttons.
Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone who has a DS, it is really good fun and will give hours of enjoyment.
Summary: An excellent puzzle game that every DS owner should have
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