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Picross 3D - Nintendo DS
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- Players start with a solid block of cubes marked with numbers on the end of each row. If the number five is marked on the end of a row of six blocks, for example, one of those blocks must be eliminated. But which one? Players must deduce the answer based on the numbers marked on other rows
- Players tap a chisel to eliminate blocks they think don't belong or use a paintbrush to mark ones they think should stay
- Once all the appropriate blocks have been chipped away, a fun object will be revealed. There are more than 350 objects to discover in the game
- Picross 3D lets players create their own customized puzzles. Players can either share their creations with other Picross 3D players via a local wireless connection or use their broadband Internet connection and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to submit their puzzles into a weekly contest. Winners will have their puzzles featured in free weekly downloads available to all Picross 3D players
- If multiple people want to play Picross 3D, game owners can also send a few sample puzzles to others via DS Download Play without the need of a second game card
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm in my sixties and I have played the pencil and paper version of 2D Picross games for many, many years. I've also played virtually all of Picross DS. So, I was really looking forward to this.
Overall, this game plays as is described above. It seems to be addictive and it is fun. As you can see, I've given it 4 stars. I'm glad I bought it and will probably play it to the end. This is a game you can pick up and put down and it does let you save quite frequently.
It is, as is Picross DS, a great way to learn logical thinking. Do, however, start with the previous game. It will help you a lot in learning this one. I heartily recommend both games for that purpose (regardless of any faults they may have!).
Even though I gave it those four stars, I am disappointed. It could have been much better for a whole range of players. Unfortunately it does penalize the slower players and this also penalizes the younger players who are learning the logic skills taught by this game and older players who just don't do things as quickly anymore.
Had they made this as a step-up game to Picross DS, all would have been great. Unfortunately, they added some things that were not needed. It would have been incredibly fun without them. In doing so, they took a great, fun logic game and tried to turn it into a competitive single player video game.
Here is my "Unfortunately" list:
- the designers added bonuses based on speed. Well, maybe that's not the unfortunate part.Read more ›
It's important to note that with Picross 3D, the developers seem to be aiming for a more "game"-focused experience (timers, scoring, unlockables, etc.) rather than a simple electronic collection of puzzles. Whether this is a good or bad thing really boils down to individual preference, however it can certainly be a surprise to players who were not expecting it. That being said, here are my impressions so far, with 8+ hours played and ~150 puzzles completed:
(+) Tons of puzzles! Over 365 puzzles pre-loaded on the DS cartridge, and even more available to download.
(+) 4 save profiles available. Great for sharing with family members, and a very welcome change from Picross DS, which only offered one save slot.
(+) Good 3D interface. The stylus rotating is intuitive and works well, and the "slicer" feature gets the job done for larger puzzles. Manipulating the models feels more fun and interactive than static 2D Picross puzzles.
(+) Puzzles within a difficulty are split into smaller "levels" and challenges. It's only a cosmetic difference, but it's nice to have smaller goals to work through rather than just a huge mass of puzzles.
(+) "Stars" rating system + unlockable puzzles. This seems controversial, but I feel that it adds challenge and replayability to the puzzles, and rewards players who make the effort to get max ratings.Read more ›
The first hour or so of the game is more or less a tutorial that slowly guides you into the game and uncovers the complexities (circle numbers and square numbers). Circle and square numbers are numbers that are enveloped with either a circle or a square (duh). Circle numbers means the blocks are going to be split up into at least two groups, while a square number means that blocks will be split up along 3 different groups. This adds another layer of challenge.
Now, visually, the game looks very nice. It is colorful and has a unique style to it that makes it that much more fun to play. When you complete a shape, it is placed into a canvas along with the other categories of that shape you've uncovered already to fill up a picture which will be filled with your completed picross puzzles, awesome!
The music in this game is fun and varied. You can change the music at any time to play music/sounds you are in the mood for. Everything from reggae, to jazz, to forest sounds and babbling brooks if you just want to relax.
So, overall, this game is a breath of fresh air and a blast to play!! Play it, love it, Picross 3d!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is so fun! My boyfriend has it and I've played it a lot and I love it! Great puzzle game for car rides or before bed. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition.Published 4 months ago by Tiffany Yearley
Yes, these kinds of games are called nonograms, it's challenging and fun. I was a huge fan of Picross and was delighted for the 3d version, and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MsAngelfrombelow
For anyone who has played other Picross games, it takes it to a whole different dimension! 3 Dimensions actually!! This is one puzzle game that is so worth getting! Read morePublished 5 months ago by stephen
One of the best games on DS. I played this 12 hours straight on flight from Japan to America, it is totally absorbing.Published 6 months ago by Mark Godek
Its fun, even for adults. I bought this for my 3-year old daughter, but you need to understand a little more about numbers than she does to successfully play this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matt