Picross e7 (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Drew Hurley 01.01.2017 1

Review for Picross e7 on Nintendo 3DS

This core version of Picross has been putting out regular updates since 2013, every four to six months, at least. While there have been new versions and spin-offs, this original version has relied on its fan base's loyalty and love of fundamentals to keep them coming back for more. The question is, though: with all the exciting and original new takes on the Picross puzzle, and with 3D versions and Mario and Zelda tie-ins, can the old-school original still compete with Picross e7? Cubed3 finds out.

Picross e7 contains plenty of the classic Picross puzzles to keep series fans playing for hours—150 of them, to be exact—ranging from 5x5s to 20x15s. These puzzles have time limits, and making a mistake results in penalties, which add considerable amounts of time onto the score. The resulting pictures are generic and simple images, from household items, to animals, to landmarks, and pictures of public domain books. To be honest, most of them are pretty difficult to see outside of the very simple patterns or the 20x15 size pictures. What's this brown blob!? It's a mink! Do you see the schooner!?

On top of these regular puzzles are the extra game modes of "Mega Picross" and "Micro Picross." Micro Picross gives an 8x8 Picross puzzle to complete, and upon solving it, each square within it becomes a Picross puzzle of its own, making for an 80x80 puzzle. There are three of these, and each will take even the best players around an hour to complete.

Screenshot for Picross e7 on Nintendo 3DS

Then there is Mega Picross. Ultimately, this is the same as regular Picross, but with an extra type of hints on the side; now, there are numbers that can sit across two lines. For example, a giant 9 sitting across two rows means in total there are 9 combined between the two rows, and this combination must be in both rows and must be connected. It's a simple addition, but one that actually makes for an extra level of challenge. There are 150 Mega Picross puzzles to tackle, including 20x15 for the first time.

All in all, that's 150 regular Picross puzzles, 150 Mega Picross puzzles, and three Micro Picross, which equate to another 147 puzzles. There are also a handful of extra puzzles for those who have bought previous titles in the series. It all adds up to a considerable number of puzzles that equate to a fair few hours' game time, but is it worth the price tag? Well, that depends on the player, but pretty much. At £4.50, it's not going to be breaking the bank, and the amount of time played is certainly worth the investment.

Screenshot for Picross e7 on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 6 out of 10


A decent enough addition to the series, but ultimately, one that fails to bring anything new or special. Hardcore Picross fans will be picking this up regardless, while those who may be interested in trying out the number crossword puzzler would be better off going for the tie-in version to whatever franchise they prefer, or even the 3D version.


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C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10 (1 Votes)

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Hmm, seems these have started to get a bit stuck in a rut. For those that just love new puzzles then I bet it's a total blast, but perhaps there could be some future expansion to keep this feeling a bit fresher.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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