The iconic series adds well-implemented multiplayer to the mix, clearly making itself king once more
While the Picross series has never really lost a step as the leader of puzzle games in the category named after it, over the years the competition has been gaining ground. While there’s no question that its polished presentation and well-implemented controls help it to stand out in terms of features and modes it hasn’t always been the innovator, leaving its competitors the opportunity to close in. Now, with the ability to play with up to 3 of your friends at once, creating a mix of cooperative and competitive vibes as you all work to complete the puzzle together (but jockeying for points since the game is keeping score of who did the most work), the team at Jupiter has taken a big step ahead of the rest of the pack once again. Value add alert, that functionality has been retro-fitted into past Picross S titles as well, just because they’re awesome like that. While perhaps the feature doesn’t sound all that groundbreaking, in practice my wife and I had some real fun with it, especially once the bragging rights battle set in. If you don’t have anyone else to play with, the traditional polish and modes are still there, challenging you with a variety of looks and ways to play over 450 different puzzles, but the addition of multiplayer capabilities is just a tasty cherry on top. I applaud Jupiter’s team for, once again, continuing to look for ways to improve on the always-reliable franchise formula.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [9.2]