[Review] Piczle Cross Adventure – Nintendo Switch

 

I remember the first time I discovered Picross.

It was Mario Picross on the original GameBoy. It was something so simple, yet so addictive and I loved it. Piczle Cross Adventure combines the addictiveness of Picross and puts it into an RPG world… and it DEFINITELY works!

You play as Score-chan. The evil Dr. Mono Chromatic (get it?) uses a laser device to blast objects all over the city of Piczleshire into black and white pixels. It’s up to Score-chan and her trusty sidekick, Gig (with the help of their mentor, Professor Matrix) to restore colour to the town by solving several (over 300 total!) puzzles in different themes and settings.

 

The sheer amount of content in this game is stunning.

In addition to all the puzzles, there’s a super fun fishing mini-game as well as a collectable GameBoy cartridge that allows you to play a selection of puzzles from Piczle II once you find the GameBoy to play it and the batteries to power it.

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The characters, as with all the Piczle games, are extremely charming and the dialogue is wonderful. The huge open world acts as a way to navigate from puzzle to puzzle with several black holes representing puzzle to solve in order to restore objects in the world. The areas are very well designed, which makes exploring just as fun as solving all the puzzles.  

 

The puzzles are kind of all over the place as far as difficulty goes.

Instead of a gradual increase in difficulty, they can essentially go from one extreme to the other. You may play a simple 10×10 puzzle to restore one object and run into a 20×20 to restore the one right next to it. This varying difficulty may turn off some players. There is a sort of faux levelling system where you have to be a certain level to play some puzzles. I say “faux” because there really aren’t any actual stats to increase. It’s more just a soft barrier for progressing through other puzzles and areas.

 

 

Final Words:

For the amount of content packed into this game, $9.99/£8.99 is a very reasonable asking price. Fun puzzles, charming characters, a great story (although, a somewhat anti-climactic ending), and a decent soundtrack come together to take Picross to a whole new level. And while the varying difficulty may put off some, it’s definitely worth a play.

 

star 8

Review code provided

nintendospacerPlatform: PC, Nintendo
Release Date: 16/04/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: RPG, Puzzle
Developer: Score Studios
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Website: www.plugindigital.com
Twitter: @plugindigital
Download link: eShop

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