Pic-a-Pix Pieces review (Vita)

Continuing the Pic-a-Pix series for Playstation owners, Lightwood Games has just released the PS4 and Playstation Vita versions of Pic-a-Pix Pieces. Available as a cross-buy title right now, we checked out the handheld version of the game.

We’ve checked out Lightwood’s Vita releases in the past, and Pic-a-Pix Color has been a firm favorite among those titles. It took the now-classic Picross/nonogram format and turned it into a fun new twist on the game with the use of color coding, so I was eager to see a new iteration in the series. Pic-a-Pix Pieces, however, isn’t quite as revolutionary – if you can call the addition of color revolutionary.

In a way, Pic-a-Pix Pieces is a blend of Pic-a-Pix Color and Fill-a-Pix – Phil’s Epic Adventure, another Lightwood title. Fill-a-Pix didn’t have the Picross formula at its heart (it was closer to Minesweeper), but it did introduce larger pictures. Pic-a-Pix Pieces does the same, but breaks them up into individual pieces that each make up an individual puzzle.

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Complete a puzzle (which, as with Pic-a-Pix Color can comprise of a standard 10×10 grid or be as big as a 20×20 grid), and you see a part of the complete picture. As a result, individual puzzles don’t “reward” you with a picture at the end – but rather a small part of one. Although I get the appeal of working on a larger puzzle, it does reduce the sense of satisfaction when completing a single grid – and when you already know what the full picture represents then the final pieces can become a bit of a chore.

If you look at the game’s content on the level of individual pieces you can work on, there are hundreds of puzzles to complete – and there’s a handy tutorial that serves as a good introduction or refresher course. There’s little reason to get Pic-a-Pix Pieces if you’re still playing the previous (Color) release though, as the gameplay is pretty much identical if you disregard the “pieces” concept for a minute. Even the background music will be of the familiar soothing variety.

Then again, if you’re a big nonogram/Picross fan with a Vita who’s already completed Lightwood’s previous release, you’ll likely love the chance to dive back in with Pieces. It doesn’t do anything wrong, but it’s not the breath of fresh air that Color provided either.

Score: 6.8/10

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