Any of you play puzzle games, or even their equivalents in real life?
by, 10th February 2013 at 07:01 AM (3554 Views)
I don't know about you, but I tend to pick them up from time to time to try something new and get my brain going. Recently I picked up Picross e2 (which for some odd reason is cheaper in price than its predecessor, Picross e by a whole $0.90AUD on the eShop) and I have been going at it for a while. So far, the one nonogram of the 150 or so that are included that has given me the most trouble was N02, and it's the only puzzle that forced me to use the Hint Roulette. When I solved the puzzle, it wasn't that hard to figure out why.
Before I move on, a nonogram is what Picross (or a "picture-crossword" as they constantly call it) is all about - a picture puzzle that requires you to fill in spaces that, once completed, reveal a picture. For the Picross games, they are animated or coloured if you manage to finish it within a certain timeframe, usually 30 or 60 minutes (with the select exception of certain ones, like Picross e2's Micross 80x80 nonograms).
Now, I find the Navigation feature introduced in those instalments quite useful, except for in that puzzle. It helps to flash it on every once in a while to see where you could go with a possible square fill, otherwise the only bit of help I use is the Hint Number Auto-check. This is the function that makes the numbers fade when you've filled in the correct spots with certainty of its position relative to the others if there are multiple numbers, or when you've simply filled in the correct amount of spaces on that row or column if it's a single number. VERY useful during Free Mode puzzles, where you are not penalized for mistakes at the cost of not being able to detect them in the first place, but also possibly a double-edged sword if you're not careful and fill in the incorrect positions in relation to the rest of the puzzle (which can cause backtracking and scans for contradictions).
How about you guys? Ever done a nonogram or other puzzle game that you like?
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