Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 21, 2013
    80
    Picross e2 brings another sleeve of compelling nanograms on your 3DS at an affordable price. A perfect fit for keeping your head busy during otherwise boring trip to/from work/school.
  2. Jan 31, 2013
    80
    Other than that, Picross e2 is the same 2D Picross you've known with a new coating of paint. The eShop title is, as you'd expect, not the best version of Picross out there (some might pine for the return of the 'create your own puzzle' feature), but for a significant number of puzzles at that price, Picross e2 comes recommended.
  3. Jan 31, 2013
    80
    Picross e2 is yet another fun Picross game, but for the most part it simply feels like an expansion pack for the previous title. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, especially when the core gameplay is so entertaining.
  4. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    There are little additions this time, but still it's incredibly fun and addictive. If you enjoyed the first game you'll probably love this one, since it's just a tiny step forward, but a step forward anyway.
  5. Feb 19, 2013
    75
    Picross E2 is a "extention pack" of Picross E: a new series of diagrams to be completed in the empty moments of the day.
  6. Feb 18, 2013
    74
    Picross e2 is a strange product: too minimalist to appeal the newcomers, and too simple for picross veterans, it's a so-so game that seems just right for its price.
  7. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    A solid puzzle game, Picross seriously lacks presentation.
  8. Feb 15, 2013
    70
    The biggest accolade that can be given to Picross e2 is for its accessibility towards people of all ages, with it proving to be the perfect companion to pass away the small minutes of downtime everyone experiences whilst also helping keep the brain fresh.
  9. Feb 13, 2013
    70
    Picross e2 is an excellent adaption of the addictive nonogram puzzles to the 3DS format. It barely offers anything new though, and lacks innovations like the awesome Picross 3D did offer some years ago. But it’s still one of the smoothest and best ways to solve picross puzzles, and at that very low price point it’s a no-brainer to buy for anyone who has ever enjoyed a griddler.
  10. Jan 30, 2013
    70
    Picross e2 offers a very strong challenge within its unique and addictive mechanic.
  11. 70
    Picross e2 is another example why Picross is such an addictive series. While it's not the outstanding highlight of this 18 year-old series, it remains a brilliant budget option for those curious about its cult following.
  12. Apr 10, 2013
    65
    This is for beginners only. [May 2013, p.79]
  13. Jan 30, 2013
    65
    Relaxing puzzles with the necessary imbued challenge. That's Picross e2. More of an expansion than a whole new game, although Micross-mode is a nice addition. The presentation is pretty bland though, and we can't even begin to imagine why the 3D capabilities weren't put to good use here.
  14. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    Picross e2 on the 3DS is still a brilliant game, but doesn't really push the envelope whatsoever, and still charges a price that seems a little high compared to other good puzzles games on several devices.
  15. 55
    If you are interested in giving Picross a try for the first time, you will be better off purchasing the Game Boy version on the 3DS Virtual Console.
  16. Feb 6, 2013
    50
    You'd be forgiven for mistaking Picross e2 for the original, so similar do they look. Here's hoping for something new in the next instalment
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 8, 2013
    7
    While this Picross is definitely better than the first ("e"), e2 adds the interesting Micross, which is a giant, famous painting made up of smaller puzzles. Overall they're very easy and there aren't nearly enough of them, but they add an element to the game that "e" was missing.

    This is still a meager presentation, unfortunately, and the puzzles seem to be getting less clever. There's been just a few too many where you basically fill the box in with a couple of spots missing and are asked to really stretch to see what the object could be. We're also starting to see repeats in this one, which is also unfortunate. Still no little reward animations or games, so while I have enjoyed this one a bit, I still recommend just picking up one of the old Picross cartridges instead of downloading this if you're new to the series.
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