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Developer: Lightwood Games
Basic in both presentation and premise, Pic-A-Pix Deluxe serves up a dish of picross puzzling that will test your brain capacity but does little to innovate on a well-worn conundrum recipe. Still, with some Switch-specific features - including four-player multiplayer support - and plenty of nonograms to its name, Lightwood Games' pixel puzzler is right at home on Nintendo's new handheld home.
Overall though, Pic-a-Pix Deluxe is a grand time. The puzzles are incredibly fair and it helps that the unique twists are actually really clever. The UI can sometimes be clumsy, but those problems disappear with familiarity. The sharp and crafty puzzles are appealing and worth the hurdle of the interface. It is really the biggest compliment I can give.
Pic-a-Pix Deluxe was a fun nonogram puzzle game for fans of the genre, looking for more after finishing Picross S (like myself). The puzzles are solid with some nice variation to the formula with the use of colour but it is brought down by the basic presentation found throughout the game. Crashing issues were a shame that I never really expected and actually disappointed me for making their way into the game. If you’re looking for more puzzles, you don’t have many other options but if you’re a newcomer, I would advise checking out the much more polished Picross S.
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Pic-a-Pix Deluxe for Nintendo Switch: co-op color picross gameplay footage