Picross S8 (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Lilly Kirchner 11.06.2023

Review for Picross S8 on Nintendo Switch

The Picross series, developed by Jupiter, has been continuously delivering joy to puzzle fans for years. In particular, the Picross S series for Nintendo Switch has been developed and adapted over the years to include a variety of fun modes and control settings. Picross S8, yet another instalment in the series, is available now. Does it deliver what previous titles have promised?

Picross is a type of puzzle or brain teaser that takes the form of a grid with numbers at the end of each row and column. These numbers indicate how many squares in each row or column is meant to be filled in. By solving the grid correctly, a picture will be revealed at the end.

Sounds simple, and it can be. It can also become pretty difficult pretty fast. Picross S8 delivers on both. Players get eased into the world of solving Picross puzzles with easy puzzles and the choice of playing through a tutorial (which can be skipped), and challenges get increasingly more difficult.

Screenshot for Picross S8 on Nintendo Switch

Certain settings also allow for support while trying to solve puzzles, such as the hint roulette, which randomly fills out a row and a column, or a setting that shows correct or false rows. An autocorrect feature can also be enabled, so everybody can set the game in a way that creates a personalised playing experience. Further customisation includes choosing between button and touch controls.

For ultimate relaxation, it's possible to choose from a selection of calming tunes while solving puzzles. Speaking of puzzles, there is more to them than just the base idea. Of course, in the classic mode, this is exactly what it says: classic Picross puzzles that increase in difficulty. Additional modes include Mega Picross, Color Picross, Clip Picross, and a mysterious mode called 'Extra'.

Screenshot for Picross S8 on Nintendo Switch

Mega Picross is a similar idea to the classic mode; however, this time, numbers may span over two rows or columns, creating a more difficult challenge. These grids will also increase in difficulty over time and provide a welcome diversion from the classic idea.

Color Picross is definitely one of the best modes. Numbers here have different colours, so that the squares in the grid can be filled with the corresponding colour. This is not only different but also a lot of fun to solve. It would be great to have a higher number of puzzles in this mode, but unfortunately it is the mode with the least number of grids overall (apart from the Extra mode).

Screenshot for Picross S8 on Nintendo Switch

Clip Picross can be unlocked by playing through the classic mode. Certain solved grids unlock Clip Picross grids, which altogether form a large picture rather than many individual ones. Solving all the Clip Picross grids eventually reveals a story.

In the Extra mode, players can find a small number of very large and challenging grids. Some of them are unlocked if save data from certain previous titles is found on the console, while others are available outright. These challenges are difficult and take longer to solve - a great idea for those really enjoying the challenge!

Screenshot for Picross S8 on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Both newcomers and long-time veterans will be able to find enjoyment when playing Picross S8. With plenty of tutorials and support available, it is easy to learn the ropes, and for anyone already in the know of the ancient art of Picross, these can be skipped or disabled. Picross S8 is the perfect title for some relaxing downtime!

Developer

Jupiter

Publisher

Jupiter

Genre

Puzzle

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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