Piczle Colours from Score Studios is a picross/nonogram style game. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of this of puzzle games, having played plenty of Picross and Pic-a-Pix. So how does Piczle Colours stack up?
Like most similar games, Piczle Colors comes jam packed with 300 puzzles, which is a lot of puzzling to be getting on with. As the name suggests, these puzzles utilises multiple colours to add an extra dimension to the normal picross/nonogram setup.
The reason for the colours is explained in something that I’ve not seen before in a puzzle game of its type: a story! The colour has accidentally been drained from the world in an experiment gone awry, so it’s the player’s task to paint the colour back in by completing all 300 puzzles.
That said, the story doesn’t really impinge much on proceedings except in the prologue and epilogue. So don’t be expecting any epic storytelling here! Still, it’s rare to see a story within a puzzle game, so it’s a nice addition that makes a change.
But of course, the reason that anyone plays a puzzle game is for the puzzles themselves. So how do they stack up?
Well, I suspect the answer probably depends on how many similar picross/nonogram games you’ve played before and personal preference. The puzzles in Picross Colors incorporate the colour mechanic in a different, and I thought simpler, way than Pic-a-Pix Deluxe. I suspect that this makes it more accessible to the novice player, but might leave it lacking a bit for more experienced players.
— Will Fletcher (@WillFletchUK) January 30, 2019
Of course, the puzzles gradually grow in complexity, but I didn’t find any puzzles that challenged me anywhere near as much as the later puzzles did in Pic-a-Pix Deluxe for example.
— Will Fletcher (@WillFletchUK) February 4, 2019
Despite this, there is a lot going for Piczle Colors. The presentation is exceptionally polished and on a level that I’ve only previously seen in the Picross series. And there are a host of other good quality of life improvements present in Piczle Colors, mostly through extra features that are unlocked as the game progresses. One such example is the stats screen, which is a nice, logical addition for a puzzle game. It’s a surprise that other picross/nonogram puzzle games haven’t thought of including it before.
Piczle Colors is a really good picross/nonogram style puzzle game. However I feel it’s let down by a lack of challenge. That may suit players who are new to this type of puzzle, but for me it just left me wanting that little bit more.
Piczle Colors is available to purchase from the Nintendo Switch eShop for £10.00 / €12.00 / $12.00. It is also available on PS4, Vita, Xbox One and Steam.
Editorial note: I received a free code for One Eyed Kutkh as part of #IndieSelect, an initiative hosted by @IndieGamerChick