The Picross 3D Demo is pretty cool

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I was recently checking out the Nintendo Channel today looking for some interesting DS game demos when I stumbled upon Picross 3D. I’ve never really tried Picross games growing up but I’ve always had an interest in them; since I’ve seen people play Mario’s Picross on the Game Boy. For those who are a little familiar with this mathimatical game I’m going to jump straight into the 3D aspect.

The game has the player start with a solid block of cubes marked with numbers. With each block contains a hidden object that is hidden by other blocks. The numbers represents the number of blocks in that row that are part of the hidden object. If a row of six blocks is marked with the number five, one of those blocks must be eliminated.

So it’s a game of deduction as the player must deduce the answer based on the number clues marked on adjacent rows and columns, and since it’s 3D Picross you can be sure that the objects are going to be pretty interesting once you figure them out. So if you have some free time and haven’t downloaded a demo off the Nintendo Channel in a while give it a try.

Do you think Picross can work as a 3D game?

8 Responses to The Picross 3D Demo is pretty cool

  1. Ptolemy says:

    I was just on there this morning, I was checking out what they had to say about MH3 in the Nintendo Week video. If I’d a known, I’d have so toted that demo along to work with me. Oh man.

  2. MrMiyamoto says:

    I’ve put probably more than 40 hours into the Japan Rittai Picross version of this game and it is truly fantastic. Easily my favourite puzzle game now, sorry Bust-a-Move.

  3. david says:

    I guess it should say mathematical and not mathimatical.

  4. Jonkind says:

    Picross DS was/is an EXCELLENT game, I played that thing for hours and hours and hours. The lovechild of sudoku and minesweeper!

  5. richufc says:

    I’ve been playing the Euro release for a couple of months now. Its brilliant!

    I reckon picross works even better in 2D than 3D. The cool thing is that the DS is the only medium it could really work on too. If you have even the slightist inkling that you might like it, buy it – you will not regret it!

  6. EdEN says:

    I’ll download the demo this afternoon. I love the Picross games and I do believe the franchise can work on 3D since the base principle is the same. Already registered my intent to purchase at Club Nintendo.

  7. Drahken says:

    Man, I wish I hadn’t lost my Mario’s Picross cartridge years ago. I loved the hell out of that game. And there isn’t really any GOOD picross online.

  8. llaffer says:

    I’ve played through the PicrossDS game when it was new. I didn’t quite 100% it, but I must be within 10 puzzles of finishing.

    I tried the 3D demo, and liked what I saw for the most part.

    I’m not sure I like the fact that they use “circle numbers” instead of multiple numbers on a row, column, or depth. And it’s not clear if (4) is limited to 1-3, 2-2, and 3-1, or if in larger puzzles it can be a 1-1-2, 1-1-1-1, etc. The demo doesn’t really go more than 5 or 6 in any one dimension, so we never had a chance to have that question answered.

    I’ve got my pre-order in, looking forward to this one.

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