Pixel Puzzles: Japan Image
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  1. Jun 13, 2016
    7
    Enjoyable indie title with 21 puzzles of beautiful Japanese landscapes. The one pesky thing is that in the puzzles with many drifting pieces,Enjoyable indie title with 21 puzzles of beautiful Japanese landscapes. The one pesky thing is that in the puzzles with many drifting pieces, picking the desired piece very often requires repetitive clicking, even when the cursor is directly on that piece. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2015
    5
    While the game is extremely fun to play, it is really bad.

    Developers made almost no effort to deliver a good product, there are 2 hugely
    While the game is extremely fun to play, it is really bad.

    Developers made almost no effort to deliver a good product, there are 2 hugely bad things about this game: the piece "fishing" system and the audio (both music and effects)

    As you can see from preview images, puzzle pieces float on a pond and you have to pick them up while they move/shuffle. In theory this should be good, but with a lot of pieces floating around (level 3+ puzzles) even if you click on the piece you want to pick up, you're offered other pieces instead, countless times. For me this is bad coding, plain and simple, because any tester can notice that and for sure the system is not supposed to work like that.

    Then there's the audio. Effects and music seems to have been recorded with a cell phone or something similar, I usually play with headphones and the background noise was terribly annoying.

    Many reviewers pointed out also that this game lacks a mid-puzzle save feature, but I have to say that it took at most one hour to complete puzzles (played 10h to complete 15 puzzles) and even if you're really bad with puzzles I can't see how you could spend more than idk, 2 hours trying to solve any of them, therefore I don't think the save feature is really something that is badly missing.

    So, again, I fully enjoyed playing this puzzle game, but because of the above I'd probably not recommend it to anyone, just buy a real physical puzzle instead.
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  3. Feb 13, 2017
    4
    First of all, know that I'm not exactly a fan of jigsaw puzzles. I don't mind playing them sometimes, but I wouldn't consider myself beingFirst of all, know that I'm not exactly a fan of jigsaw puzzles. I don't mind playing them sometimes, but I wouldn't consider myself being fond of them.
    If you are a big fan of those, maybe the points I'll make won't be negative for you. If that's the case, feel free to disregard my opinion.

    The main gimmick to this game is that the pieces move around. It wouldn't be so bad, but the way they made it, is incredibly frustrating.
    The pond where the pieces float is rather small. In the beginning it's not a problem, since the pieces are big, and there is not a lot of them. Later on though, pieces get smaller, and there's a whole lot more of them, but the pond stays the same size, which results in hundreds of puzzle pieces being on top of one another, in giant pile that you can't do anything about.
    And what's even worse, even if you somehow happen to see in that pile the exact piece you need at the moment, you won't be able to pick it up, unless there is no other piece next to it. That is because the controls are somehow broken, and the game will pick up any piece BUT the one that you are pointing at.

    Another big flaw is the lack of saving your progress.
    Later puzzles, combined with those broken and frustrating controls, can take several hours to complete, and you have to do that in one sitting or you'll be forced to start over.
    If you prefer it that way, great. But not everyone has the time and patience to do so, and such not even having the option to save is just bad design.

    Other than that, it's just a regular jigsaw puzzle with regular photographs of Japanese scenery, which is why I also feel like I've been lied to a little bit. With a title being "Pixel Puzzles" I expected, what else, pixel art, and I've got none of that.
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