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  • Summary: Turn puzzles into portraits. Pokémon Picross can be downloaded without charge from Nintendo eShop for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. In Pokémon Picross, solve number puzzles to complete pictures of your favorite Pokémon. When you complete a puzzle, you’ll add that Pokémon to yourTurn puzzles into portraits. Pokémon Picross can be downloaded without charge from Nintendo eShop for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. In Pokémon Picross, solve number puzzles to complete pictures of your favorite Pokémon. When you complete a puzzle, you’ll add that Pokémon to your collection. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Dec 22, 2015
    85
    Pokemon Picross is a fun and interesting way of playing Picross, but I can see how some elements might turn a player off to the game.
  2. 85
    It’s a perfect gateway drug to nonogram puzzles if you’ve never tried them before. And if you’re a Picross vet hankering for more, this is well worth diving into as long as you’re okay with the fact that, if you want to play this free-to-start game without mindlessly repeating puzzles ad nauseum, you’re going to have to spend some money.
  3. Jan 7, 2016
    80
    Pokémon Picross succeeds flawlessly with its goal of making an easily accessible Picross title with additional appeal for people who are used to the puzzles.
  4. Jan 22, 2016
    75
    The Picross gameplay is still entertaining. Add Pokemons and what you get is a quite fun ride.
  5. CD-Action
    Mar 30, 2016
    70
    If you enjoy Picross and love Pokémon – get this game. [03/2016, p.73]
  6. Jan 11, 2016
    70
    A high quality Picross game that can shine brightly even without original ideas, due to more than enough “truly free” content to satisfy an eager player. Microtransactions are still quite significant though (even if limited), so take that into consideration when you get the game.
  7. 45
    If you love Picross but don’t want to spend over $32 for the full experience, check the Picross e series which are from the same developer. Each of the six titles cost $5.99, and you will have a bigger and better experience for around the same price.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Jan 9, 2016
    10
    As far as Picross goes, you can't go wrong with Pokemon Picross on the 3DS. Plenty of puzzles and gaming to be had. The micro-purchases end upAs far as Picross goes, you can't go wrong with Pokemon Picross on the 3DS. Plenty of puzzles and gaming to be had. The micro-purchases end up giving you the full experience with over 700 Pokemon and plenty of room for expansion. Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2016
    9
    Un juego de puzzle genial. Increible que pueda llevar ya 30 horas de juego totalmente gratuitas. Muy adictivo. La única razon que veo paraUn juego de puzzle genial. Increible que pueda llevar ya 30 horas de juego totalmente gratuitas. Muy adictivo. La única razon que veo para puntuarlo mal es que no se comprenda las mecánicas de picross. Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2016
    9
    As someone who bought all the Picross games in existence so far, I had to give this one a go despite it's free-to-play model. About 3-4 daysAs someone who bought all the Picross games in existence so far, I had to give this one a go despite it's free-to-play model. About 3-4 days in I was frustrated with how the game had "gated" me so early into buying some of its in-game currency (picrites) but since the price for the one-time "starter" package was so low and the fact that they give you unlimited picrites if you spend ~30 dollars, I decided to cave in.

    I've been so **** hooked since then, it's almost silly.

    The Pokemon mechanic layer on top of Picross has managed to put a new twist in this ageing puzzle game and keep the whole thing fresh. Considering the amount of puzzles and the fact that you'll most likely replay a few of them to get 100% completion, it's not as pricey as it initially seems.

    All in all, I don't feel cheated out of my money with this game, but there are some weird design decisions that made me regret doing some in-game purchases before others such as Alt-World puzzles not giving any picrites and the lack of use for the 4th-5th-6th pokemon slots. I could've probably completed the game without maxing out the in-game store limit if I had known that.

    All in all, a much more solid Picross game that I initially thought. If you're not quite sure after you start running out of picrites, try putting 2 dollars in it! Enjoy!
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  4. Uco
    Mar 26, 2017
    6
    This is a typical Picross style puzzle game which uses pokémon types in a clever way to offer you a bunch of abilities. These abilities willThis is a typical Picross style puzzle game which uses pokémon types in a clever way to offer you a bunch of abilities. These abilities will provide you with some help when solving the puzzles.

    It has a daily challenge which will reward you with in-game currency regularly. That is, along with accomplishing puzzles' objectives, your source of free currency.

    There is an energy bar that allows you to continue solving puzzles, and requires a certain amount of time to be refilled. This time limit is rather long so you can play very brief runs every X hours.

    Many of the objectives in the puzzles are merely symbolic, kind of easy to achieve. Only some of them will require you to focus on the task to get the extra currency.

    I miss a much wider variety of pokémons for the puzzles, different species or forms.

    In my opinion, it is a great game to have in its free-only model to play for a little time daily, until you eventually unlock everything. It is not worth it to pay for the "full" experience from the beginning; I think it lacks of content.
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  5. Mar 26, 2017
    6
    Pokémon fans beware! I had never put money into a FTP game before, but this hooked me and I ended up putting like $25 into Pokémon Picross.Pokémon fans beware! I had never put money into a FTP game before, but this hooked me and I ended up putting like $25 into Pokémon Picross. That would be fine, but when it was all done, I was actually glad. My inherent compulsion to "catch 'em all" carried over to this game. I 100%-ed it simply because I needed to get all the Pokémon, not because I actually enjoyed the game that much.

    It's ultimately addicting busywork with familiar cartoon faces.
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  6. Mar 25, 2016
    5
    Pokemon Picross is fun to be honest, but if you want to really play it for free, you have a lot of grinding to do. I do find it interestingPokemon Picross is fun to be honest, but if you want to really play it for free, you have a lot of grinding to do. I do find it interesting how each type of pokemon has their own abilities to help you, and the branching paths are a smart choice too. But does it ever take so much Picrites to move on. It will take days and weeks to grind in training to get more currency, just to unlock to the next zone. It can sometimes makes you feel that you HAVE to fork over cash in order to progress. Just like Pokemon Bejeweled Clone. Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    0
    I don't know how someone would think of such monetization approach...

    Game is divided by "screens" with a few levels each. Levels on each
    I don't know how someone would think of such monetization approach...

    Game is divided by "screens" with a few levels each. Levels on each screen are free (after beating previous ones), but:
    - while solving puzzle, each "fill cell" action takes 1 point of energy, you cannot play while out of energy
    - going to next "screen" takes some "gold", you can earn it (very slowly) by beating puzzles and daily challenges

    To get max "gold" you need to fullfill all puzzle requirements at once (like solving with certain pokemons). But sometimes you cannot get required pokemon until later screen, and you cannot get to later screen because you cannot get max gold...

    After solving a puzzle, you catch pokemon. Each pokemon has unique power (like solving column, row, box, slow time etc). Nothing too fancy, especially if you like to solve picross without any hints.

    As a fan of all picross games, I tried to be patient, but after a few days I moved to other picross games that you can simply buy.

    Funny thing is, that you can "buy" pokemon picross, because after spending certain amount on "gold" you unlock "unlimited gold", and then you can unlock unlimited energy after upgrading energy meter with unlimited gold...
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