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Pokemon Picross

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 16 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo 3DSDec 3, 2015

Developer: Jupiter Corporation

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: Action, Strategy

In Pokémon Picross, you can use rare stones with magical powers called Picrites to access more and more areas, recharge your energy meter or help the Pokémon recover their skills. Picrites can be obtained in various ways during gameplay, such as by clearing a puzzle or by purchasing them with Nintendo eShop funds.
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Pokémon Picross - Launch Trailer (Nintendo 3DS)

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Solving Picross puzzles with the reward of gaining new Pokémon is a great hook, but the free-to-play mechanics hold the game back from being something special

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Picross with Pokémon. That's all this needed to be, and that's what this appears to be at a glance, but further inspection reveals much more. The murals provide long-term motivation. The missions provide short-term reward. The mega rows encourage nonstandard nonogram logic over rote processes. Aside from the strangely disguised pricing scheme, the new additions to Pokémon Picross exceed expectations.

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However, Pokemon Picross is massive, so longevity certainly isn't lacking. It comes with 30 areas, two large-scale murals composed of smaller puzzles, special stages to help your Pokemon Mega Evolve, and randomized encounters that appear occasionally on the map to catch rare creatures.

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Pokemon Picross takes two familiar things and combines them into something new and fresh. The 3DS has no shortage of great puzzle games, yet Pokemon Picross can easily stand out among the crowd, especially if you're a fan of either of its two elements.

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