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Picross e2 (3DS eShop) Review

Review for Picross e2 on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Jupiter continues its love of creating Picross games with Picross e2, available to download now in Europe on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The sequel to Picross e, Cubed3 takes a look at whether there is enough here for portable puzzle fans to give this title a purchase.

Released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop last year, Picross e was an addictive puzzler that kept the brain ticking in short bursts, and was, and still is, available at an affordable price. Picross e2 simply offers 150 all-new puzzles, plus a new gameplay mode, to pretty much make this sequel a large expansion.

Not having played a Picross game before isn't a problem; it's an extremely simple affair. Each puzzle is a grid with a varying number of squares (the more squares, the more difficult the puzzle), and numbers on each row and column indicate how many squares must be filled in, with the completed grid forming a picture at the end. This picture will either be in colour or black and white depending on whether the player completes the puzzle in less than 60 minutes or not. Tapping the wrong squares results in penalties that add on extra minutes. The tutorial at the start of the game guides newcomers through the format, and it's no understatement that absolutely anybody will be able to swiftly get to grips with how Picross e2 works. A couple of difficulty options are available, with the small selection of puzzles in the easy mode taking no time to clear, whereas the grids of the harder difficulties will pile on some pressure. The handy hint system of the original game returns to fill in some rows at the start of each puzzle if need be, but the tougher ones block its use.

Screenshot for Picross e2 on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

As has been the case with previous Picross games on the 3DS and DS, and indeed with the majority of games of this ilk, stylus controls for the Touch Screen mean this is remarkably easy to play. The option to use buttons is there but using the stylus is preferred and allows a quicker and smoother experience. With puzzles that feature large grids and smaller squares, the odd accidental tap of the wrong tile does occur, so the larger screens of the Nintendo 3DS XL will go some way to eliminate this issue.

Apart from the ton of new puzzles in Picross e2, a new gameplay mode called Micross is introduced. It still sees players going about tackling grids in the usual Picross manner, but each completed grid actually contributes to forming an even larger picture at the end of it all. It's an interesting way to merely incorporate even more puzzles into the game so players are certainly getting their money's worth with this package.

Screenshot for Picross e2 on 3DS eShop - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

A well-explained tutorial and a very user-friendly interface allow anybody to pick up and play this title and enjoy tackling each puzzle. Not as addictive as other more quick-fingered puzzlers out there, but its slower-paced nature will appeal to fans of Sudoku, crosswords and other tile-based puzzles. Using a Nintendo 3DS XL is better recommended for the larger puzzles to ensure precise tapping of smaller tiles.

Graphics

Slick, easy-to-navigate and quick menus again help to make this as simple as possible for novices to jump in and play.

Sound

Just a couple of variations in the soundtrack, but well-suited for the nature of the game, and the menu theme will definitely stick in the mind in a good way. Some choice for when playing the puzzles would have been really appreciated, however.

Value

With 150 new puzzles and the Micross mode, Picross e2 will keep fans going for quite some time. At under a fiver, it's well worth the asking price. Its longevity could have been expanded further with some daily download content, but what's on offer already still suffices.

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Good - Bronze Award

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Rated 7 out of 10

Of course, Picross fans will know what to expect with Picross e2. It doesn't do a lot more over the first Picross e title than provide a large number of brand new puzzles and an extra game mode, but for those that simply cannot get enough of a Picross fix, this is the answer. The biggest accolade that can be given to Picross e2 is for its accessibility towards people of all ages, with it proving to be the perfect companion to pass away the small minutes of downtime everyone experiences whilst also helping keep the brain fresh.

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Jupiter Corp

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Jupiter

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Puzzle

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Gah, NoA needs to release this in NA. As far as I'm concerned, Picross is a 10/10 game.

I will buy it!  I still think picross3d was the best! 

When in doubt....Whip it out!

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