Picross DS (Nintendo DS)

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Picross DS is a touch screen-based puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. By following the numbers on the left and top of the game grid, players can uncover the picture hidden away. The rules are simple - if there is one number on a line, say, 10, then you know that there are ten squares in a row that must be chipped away on that line. If the numbers read something like 2 7, then you must chip away two squares somewhere in the row, separated by at least one empty square, and then seven squares to be chipped away. By applying these rules horizontally and vertically to the grid, you can work out the picture using logic.

There are two methods of control: you can use the Control Pad to move a cursor, the A Button to chip a square, the B Button to mark it, and the X Button to zoom in or out (similar to Nintendo's previous Picross games). Alternatively, you can use the stylus to play. In this mode, the Control Pad changes the functions of the stylus. When you press Up, you'll chip squares, Down will mark them, Left will zoom in and out, while Right allows you to scroll. The buttons on the right of the DS perform the same functions, which is helpful if you're left-handed.

Picross DS has a variety of different modes:
  • Picross - This is standard Picross. Play through easy, medium and difficult puzzles, or learn how to play. You are penalized with time for any mistakes you make in easy and medium modes. In difficult, your mistakes are not noted at all.

  • Daily Picross - Play a quick set of five Picross puzzles, once a day. Each day, your score is added to a chart, so you can track whether you're improving or getting worse, similar to Brain Age.

  • My Picross - Design your own Picross puzzles by drawing on the grid. When you're done, you can play your puzzles, or send them to others.

  • Competition Picross - Play Picross against others in this mode. You can choose to use single-cart multiplayer, multi-cart multiplayer, or online play via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
You can also download additional puzzle packs for Picross DS by using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, including puzzles from Mario's Picross.


Picross DS Nintendo DS The title screen.
Picross DS Nintendo DS The game gives your picture some animation and color once you solve it.
Picross DS Nintendo DS Customizing my masterpiece...
Picross DS Nintendo DS More advanced puzzles involve larger grids.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ピクロスDS" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central 2007 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2007 9 out of 10 90
IGN UK May 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania.de Jun 01, 2007 89 out of 100 89
IGN Australia Jun 06, 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
Fragland.net May 23, 2007 82.1 out of 100 82
EL33TONLINE May 23, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Kombo.com Aug 08, 2007 8 out of 10 80
FOK!games May 31, 2007 77 out of 100 77


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1001 Video Games

Picross DS appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Ben K (23048) added Picross DS (Nintendo DS) on Feb 07, 2007