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Picross 3D - Nintendo DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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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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  • ASIN: B002EE5RD0
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 3, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,142 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Picross 3D is the single player sequel to the popular Picross DS puzzle game. The original game was a number-based grid puzzle that challenged players to reveal a hidden picture. Picross 3D ratchets up the challenge, moving the action into three dimensions. Blending the logical challenge of a sudoku puzzle with the excitement of discovering hidden images, Picross 3D is a must-have for any puzzle fan on the DS. Additional features include multiple categories of puzzle challenges and wireless functionality that allows puzzles to be shared both via the Internet and over a local Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

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Gameplay
Picross 3D is a single player puzzle game in which players must reveal a 3D image hidden inside a larger rectangular block composed of smaller squares. To do this players utilize a variety of numerical clues placed upon the rows and columns of the larger rectangular form. Where they exist these clues indicate the number and possible grouping of blocks within that row or column. Where these are absent, the player must use logic and what the clues related to surrounding areas indicate to determine where blocks should be removed or left in place.

The beginning of a reveal of a 3D image in Picross 3D
Use logic to unlock images.
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To remove blocks players use the DS stylus via the game's mallet functionality. In standard play mode the game will give gentle limited warnings if blocks are incorrectly removed. Players can also use paint brush functionality to indicate which blocks they believe are part of the final 3D image. For success in exposing images players' actions are rewarded with a puzzle-solving rating, which aid in the unlocking of additional puzzles, and in-game animations that become part of the game background. The game also features an assortment of additional activities, including timed and no-miss challenges, the ability to create your own puzzles and share them with the greater Picross 3D community via the Nintendo DS' wireless Wi-Fi capabilities and even DS download functionality that allows players to share some puzzles with other DS owners locally without the need for additional game cards.

Key Game Features

  • Players start with a solid block of cubes marked with numbers. Each block contains a hidden object. Each number represents the number of blocks in that row that are part of the hidden object. If a row of six blocks is marked with the number five, one of those blocks must be eliminated. But which one? Players must deduce the answer based on the number clues marked on adjacent rows and columns.
  • Once all the appropriate blocks have been chipped away, a fun object will be revealed. There are more than 350 unique puzzles to solve and 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 monthly themed puzzle challenge. Winners will have their puzzles featured in free weekly downloads available to all Picross 3D players for a limited time after the game is launched.
  • Additional brain teasing puzzles will be made available throughout the year in themed puzzle packs via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • If multiple people want to play Picross 3D, game owners can also send a sample puzzle to others via DS Download Play without the need of a second game card.
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Numerical block orientation clues seen from above in Picross 3D
3D puzzle-solving.
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In-game warning guide functionality screen from Picross 3D
Tutorial and in-game guide.
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Create and share puzzles via the DS' wireless functionality in Picross 3D
Create and share puzzles.
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An example of an in-game animation from Picross 3D
Animations and unlockables.
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Product Description

Break Into The Next Dimension of Brainteasers! Track numbers, crack cubes, and rack your brain in the newest mind-bending puzzle craze that is easy to pick up but hard to put down! ~ Discover the secret animation hidden inside each block by following the simple number patterns. As intuitive as a crossword and as absorbing as sudoku, Picross 3D is a fun first in the next generation of three-dimensional puzzle games! ~ Master over 365 challenges that will keep players of all skill levels perpetually puzzling every day of the year! Indulge your appetite for brainteasers by downloading up to an additional 400 themed puzzles available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (Nintendo WFC)! Wireless broadband internet connection is required for Nintendo WFC. ~ Create and swap puzzles with friends, submit your own creations for the monthly puzzle challenge, and download new puzzle packs every week via Nintendo WFC.

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104 of 119 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm writing this review after about three hours of play. The first hour was spent on the tutorial - and, yes, it is necessary. (I'm not sure, but you may have no choice.) Though the manual is very, very good (thank you for that), the learn as you go feature was pretty well done.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By H. Nie
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For those unfamiliar with the Picross concept, it is a sudoku-type logic puzzle that challenges players to utilize spatial reasoning to chip away at a block to produce a finished picture (or in this case, a 3-dimensional model). If the puzzle is completed in the time allotted and without too many mistakes, the player is rewarded as the finished object leaps into color and animates!

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:

Pros:
(+) 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.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air May 6, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Refreshing, challenging, addicting...Picross 3d! This game is an absolute blast to play. This game challenges you in a 3d space to chip away at blocks, all in the hopes of uncovering the 3d object that lays within. Now, to do this, you must use the numbers that are on the side of certain blocks to decide how many blocks must be chipped away from that row or column (row has a 0 next to it, which means that 0 blocks belong in that row, so you then chip away all of those blocks in that row).

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting, relaxing fun!
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail in this review as that has already been covered by others.
This game is extremely addictive and is such a great value. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Christian R.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
thiis is a great game to play the whole family plays it some day we will beat it maybe but love it
Published 1 month ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!!!
I highly recommend Picross 3D. Be prepared to be less productive at home and work because once u buy Picross it's ALL u will want to do every day, all day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly Wofford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game on the DS
Hands down the best game you can get for the DS and I dare say the current 3DS library. Nothing is more satisfying than getting those last few blocks out and BAM...puppy.
Published 2 months ago by Purple Mange
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting beyond all belief
One of the best puzzle games ever. I loved it when I first discovered it, and I love it now still. Good brain teaser without being frustrating.
Published 3 months ago by Red
2.0 out of 5 stars its ok
I expected the graphics to be a lot better than it is.. but I guess I got what I paid for since its cheap
Published 5 months ago by jessi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful puzzle
It is greatly made, a logic puzzle most of the time, because sometimes you have to guess due to time limits -- the game would be better without it imho. Like sudoku.
Published 6 months ago by Rafael Siqueira Telles Vieira
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a brainteaser
This game can be fun once you figure out how to play. I will continue to play it until I get really good at it. Will update review later.
Published 6 months ago by Hulababy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game
I had it on my DS lite and I loved it enough that after it broke I bought it for my new DS. It really makes you think, it is kind of like minesweeper but not as frustrating.
Published 6 months ago by BunnehGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the game, its so addicting! Good condition, Reasonable price :)
Love the game, its so addicting! Came in good condition and a reasonable price :) love love love!!! I've had it for a while now and im still glad i bought it :)
Published 7 months ago by Alicia
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