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Picross DS (DS)

Picross DS (DS)
alaScore 91

89 reviews

May, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Picross DS (DS). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. People really like the controls and graphics. Many are negative about the story.

gameplay, graphics, controls


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Picross DS (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 89 reviews)

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Picross 3D (DS)


It's easy to see why the original Picross DS resonated so strongly with avid puzzle game enthusiasts and nongamers alike. Blending elements of Sudoku, crossword puzzles, paint-by-numbers, and Minesweeper into an ultimate puzzle stew, this ridiculously...

May, 2010

Expert review by: (

Picross DS (DS)


Picross, short for picture crossword, is a puzzle not entirely unlike Sudoku, in that it forces you to use logic to deduce the particulars of the puzzle. But rather than focusing solely on numbers, Picross has you using numbers to determine which boxes...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Clark Evans (

Picross 3D


Less than three years ago, a logic game quietly hit the Nintendo DS by the name of Picross DS (our 2007 review). Picross, based off Mario Picross (an unsuccessful title in North America), was a puzzle game that used logic to eliminate squares on game...

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May, 2010

Expert review by: Kuulei_N (

Picross 3D Review


You versus the Block.

Challenging gameplay; Responsive to the stylus; Tutorials; Unlocking puzzles is satisfying

Unlocking animations is not; Lacks hints when stuck; You feel stupid when stuck

May, 2010

Expert review by: Justin Fassino (

Picross DS


As far back as Tetris for the original Game Boy in 1989, puzzle games and handhelds have been gaming's power couple. It's tough to beat the convenience of having all the brain-busting action you can handle whenever a few minutes need killing, and the...

The only hitch that ruins this almost-perfect game is the interface for larger puzzles. In grids of fifteen-by-fifteen or larger, the touch screen cannot display the entire puzzle, and therefore players will be forced to zoom in and out on selected...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Justin Last (

Picross DS


Puzzle games are right at home on Nintendo's Dual Screen portable; it already offers Polarium, Puzzle Quest, and two versions of Meteos. But that didn't stop me from firing up my GameCube with attached Game Boy Player and playing a few rounds of...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Nick_Tan (

Picross DS review for the DS


Cutting The Edge Of The Box

Sweet, addictive puzzler; Loads of unlockable content; No need for an eraser

Unpolished, dull looks; Imprecise stylus controls; Sleep deprivation

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Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Daniel Hirshleifer (

Picross DS


Picross, while quite popular in its native Japan, never really made a dent in the American market. In fact, Japan saw the release of several Picross titles that never made it to our shores. However, times change, and the advent of a sudoku craze,...

The Conclusion: Picross DS is a simple but addicting game. While it's not much for fancy graphics or catchy sounds, Nintendo did make it a lot more replayable by connecting it to their Wi-Fi connection, and by adding a create your own puzzle feature....

Aug, 2007


Expert review by: Phil Theobald (

Picross DS


Want to do some real brain training? Nintendo's new puzzle game gives your noggin (and your stylus) a workout.

Addictive and challenging gameplay; requires real logic and strategy; fantastic use of Wi-Fi; good selection of puzzles

Downloadable puzzles tend to be easy; puzzle creator takes some learnin'; you'll soon be craving more puzzles

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Mike Gamin (

Picross DS


It's a good puzzle game in a good package.

Plenty of puzzles ; Online play ; Daily Picross

It's hard to make working puzzles ; Errors are called out immediately ; Frustrating multiplayer

I and my wife have been enjoying this.

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

Fill in squares using simple hints to reveal the hidden picture. Players need both puzzle-solving skills and creativity to earn a picture reward. Each puzzle has a sequence of numbers written in the margins of each column and each row. Those numbers show how many squares within that column or row need to be filled in. Players must deduce where each filled square is based on the numbers in the puzzle. Incorrect guesses earn the player a time penalty. If players solve the puzzle in under one hour, they earn a reward picture, an animated illustration of the thing represented in the puzzle. Puzzles range in size from simple 5x5 squares to much more challenging 15x15 squares - and larger. Players can create and swap puzzles with one another.


Elements:Miscellaneous - puzzle
ESRB Rating:Everyone (6+)
Max Number of Players:4
Online Play: Yes
PEGI Rating:3/3+
PEGI Rating Exception:Portugal 4+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschr


Compatibility:Game console
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Picross/Picross DS


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 license/1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - miscellaneous / entertainment / educational