Picross S Review

Publisher:  Jupiter Corporation

Developer:  Jupiter Corporation

MSRP: $7.99

Rated: Everyone

Release Date: September 28th, 2017

Platforms:  Nintendo Switch

Rating: ★★★☆☆

A mainstay series that has been often seen on the DS systems in various iterations has arrived to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Picross S.  Picture making, Sudoku like puzzle game hasn’t changed much over the years so at this point your either a fan of the game or not.  In our case, we were already fans of the series, but we were really interested in seeing what new features the series could bring to the series.  Unfortunately that’s where Picross S disappoints.

The Switch version features 300 puzzles between normal Picross and Mega Picross to give you plenty of puzzles to complete.  However, there’s really nothing after that which is what makes this version lacking.  On the DS, we’ve seen other features that are absent here, such as daily puzzle challenges, special online challenges, and the ability to create your own puzzles.  What that really means is that there is no online functionality, so what you get it what you get.

Of the puzzles that are included, there are certainly plenty of exciting and challenging ones to complete.  Still, when we’ve seen more recent additions of Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda puzzles, its hard not to be bummed to see some Nintendo themed ones included  With all of the features that the game lacks, probably the most baffling of all is the complete lack of touch screen controls.  The game doesn’t require much in the way of controls so it’s not a big turn off, you just would think it would have been a no-brainer to include both options.

Even with everything that the title is missing, we still dove into Picross S for hours solving the puzzles it does have.  Knowing what previous versions added, it’s just bizarre that they didn’t add in some basic things like puzzle makers or even touch controls.  If you are a fan of the logic based puzzles, what is included will still take you quite some time to work your way through, especially when you consider the price.  Just don’t expect the best version of Picross a Nintendo system has seen.

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