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Picross DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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  • • Creating your own puzzles is a snap! Design your puzzle by hand or draw any picture you like and convert it automatically into a Picross puzzle.
  • • Trade puzzles with friends using local wireless or Nintendo WFC or download free bonus puzzle packs.
  • • Play with up to five friends in Picross-themed minigames over local wireless, or race to complete puzzles against other gamers on Nintendo WFC.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000P2XJ92
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 30, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,399 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Fill in squares using simple hints to reveal the hidden picture. You'll need both puzzle-solving skills and creativity to earn your picture reward.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game, frustrating rough spots August 1, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The good news: Picross DS is a worthy follow-up to one of the best brain-teaser puzzle games I've played, Mario's Picross. The bad news: despite a host of great new features, they've actually left out a great feature of that 14-year old title and even damaged the design (though only slightly).

Picross DS keeps the same Sudoku-meets-Minesweeper gameplay of the classic game, derived from the popular paper puzzles called nonograms. You are given the number and order of colored cells in each row and column of a grid. By logical deduction and good guesswork, you must figure out which cells should be colored in and which shouldn't be.

Easy and Normal puzzles are time-limited and serve as an introduction to the game; Free Mode puzzles have no timer or warning that you've misplaced a tile. Free Mode is the bulk of the game, and a more satisfying way to play. There are a few minigames as well (a pair of "whack a square" games and a "reverse drawing" game, and possibly others), but these are rather dull and not the point. A change for the challenging: the largest puzzles here are larger than any I've played before.

In gameplay, you can either use the stylus (good for smaller puzzles, frustrating for large ones) or the d-pad and buttons (better for large puzzles, slower in competitive play).

Which brings me to one major addition: online and local wireless competitive play. You and another go head to head to finish two puzzles. I haven't put much time into this mode yet, but it doesn't intuitively seem a big draw - Picross has always been about contemplative mental exercise to me.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzlers should definitely buy this game August 21, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am approaching this game as someone who is familiar with the pencil-and-paper (P&P) puzzles of the same type, such as those found in Games Magazine. This review will compare the P&P version to this video game.

I was looking for a DS video game that could keep me occupied on a transatlantic business trip, and had serious doubts that this game would work. The P&P version of this puzzle is somewhat fun but also quite tedious. If you're on the fence like me, I can wholeheartedly say: you should definitely buy this game.

This video game version provides several features which make this type of puzzle much more approachable to the new player (and, frankly, it makes it a lot more fun, too, by removing a lot of the tedium). Many of the puzzles are setup to automatically tell you if you've made a mistake. No more grueling over a puzzle grid for an hour only to find you've made a horribly intractable mistake and have to start from scratch! Instead, you're penalized via a time penalty when you make a mistake. Also, the game offers you a random hint on each puzzle before you start. So, new puzzlers will find these puzzles on the DS very approachable.

There are also plenty of features that simply blow away what you can do with P&P.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and fun puzzler August 3, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Picross DS is an addictive and fun puzzler that puts a nice spin on the puzzle genre on the DS, and provides a wonderful amount of challenging fun as well. The ridiculous amount of puzzles are solved by attempting to form a picture as grid boxes are punched out by determining various numbers. Yes, the formula may sound a bit familiar for some, but make no mistake that Picross DS is still a blast to play regardless. The game is made even better by the fact that online Wi-Fi play is included and is where the real meat of the game is to be found. The only real downsides of Picross DS are that as the puzzle grid increases, the more often the game zooms in and out, which when using the touch screen of the DS, becomes quite annoying. However, considering the budget price of Picross DS and how much fun you get for your money, you really can't go wrong here. All in all, if you're looking for another more than solid puzzler for your DS and are on a budget, look no further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best $20 you can spend on a DS game September 22, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game after hearing people gush over it on podcasts and after playing a demo downloaded from a gamestop kiosk. I am sure glad I did.

This is a puzzle game where you uncover tiles to create a picture. For each row and column there are numbers indicating that there are x tiles in a row followed by at least one blank space, followed by y tiles, and so on and so forth. Using deductive reasoning you eliminate choices (by switching to the X mode) and see where you must punch out a tile. This is fairly easy when you are on a small grid (Easy mode generally is between 5x5 and 10x10) but it gets harder when you move to bigger grids (15x15, 20x20, 25x20).

Once you start playing normal mode, there are different levels, all sharing a common theme. For instance, there is a frozen/cold theme one where you might be punching out pictures of a snowflake, or a snowman for that matter. Each theme also has a color theme for the maps, or you can choose to play with a default background and punching sound.

This game is a phenomenal value for $20. I have been playing it for at least an hour a night before I go to bed almost every day for the past month at least, and I am not finished level 10 yet.

In addition to Easy mode and Normal mode, there is free play mode which I have yet to try. From what I understand, the game will not tell you if you make a mistake, whereas in normal and easy mode you immediately know when you make a mistake and have a substantial time penalty imposed against you. This makes it much more difficult.

There is also daily training (sort of like brain age in that it keeps track of your best times and displays them in graph form). As you play x number of days, new modes unlock.

Even if you are not planning to go online (as I haven't) or play free mode, this game absolutely deserves your purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars there's nothing like it!
I have played lots of puzzle games and this is the only one I've played multiple times. I also have picos 3D, which is ok, but I like the bigger, more complicated puzzles that the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JLM
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to screw up picross and jupiter didn't
It really is. Picross is super simple. There are a ton of puzzles in this game and there's some daily Picross thing to keep you coming back for some speed challenges. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I bought this because I love picross 3d and was not disappointed. It is very challenging at times. The only drawback is that the puzzles are very small for the screen and I found... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karrie Saunders
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not happy
It was not what I thought it would be,,It did not say that I needed WiFi to really use it.
Published 11 months ago by Dolores Tullio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for puzzle lovers
I love Crosswords, Sudoku, and Picross! A very simple yet strangely compelling game which is great for travel. The interface when zooming in on large puzzles could be better.
Published 14 months ago by Katherine D
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Picross Games EVER
I am a Picross fanatic. As such, I've played just about every picross variation on every console/medium possible. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Shari
5.0 out of 5 stars PICROSS, Near Perfect Picture/Logic Puzzler!
PICROSS is an incredibly addicting DS game. I have spent many a nights playing puzzle after puzzle. While I find "easy" mode too easy, "normal" mode went from moderate to hard for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by PMcOuntry
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
its fun and gets your brain working, kept me interested and i reset it and it was fun all over again, has a low level to begin and then gets very tricky but always fun!
Published 18 months ago by Igotzapeanut
5.0 out of 5 stars a good fun value
core gameplay mechanic is extremely fun and compelling. there are so many puzzles it will last you forever. very good for people that like logic puzzles
Published 23 months ago by D. M. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite puzzle game on the DS
This game is awesome. It is my favorite puzzle game for the DS or any other game system. It seems difficult at first if you have never tried this type of puzzle before, but it is... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Travis
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