Pic-a-Pix Color 2 review (Vita)

Out now, Pic-a-Pix Color 2 is a cross-buy purchase for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita that can be bought as a digital purchase on the Playstation Store. We playtested the version for the Vita for this review of Lightwood Games’ latest title in what is now a series of games – including Block-a-Pix and Fill-a-Pix as well.

Almost a year ago, we reviewed the first Pic-a-Pix Color title on the Vita and we loved it. A take on the classic Nonogram puzzle that was made popular by games like Picross, it added a twist by offering puzzles that result in pixelated pictures as solutions that feature color.

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Visually nicer than the standard black-and-white puzzles, it also brought new strategic elements to your puzzle solving – one where a color change doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re skipping one or more squares. Personally, I thought it was the best twist on the genre that I’d seen since Picross 3D, which is probably my most played Nintendo DS title.

Now, there’s a sequel, although Pic-a-Pix Color 2 could have also worked as added on DLC content. Gameplay-wise, it’s exactly the same as the first game – so if you’re familiar with the formula you can jump right back in. The visuals and music have also been re-used, so if you hid the boot sequence and opening screen from someone I’d be impressed if they know this wasn’t the original Pic-a-Pix Color.

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So what’s new? New content is what. Pic-a-Pix Color 2 features 150 brand new puzzles to enjoy, once again ranging from small 10×10 puzzles to far larger ones that you’ll struggle to complete in under 10 minutes. As always, guessing shouldn’t be needed and all puzzles can be solved with logic alone, but should you need any help there’s a help/fix version available as well. Using it disqualifies you from getting a medal for that particular puzzle, but you can replay it later to earn it anyway.

Complete every puzzle, and you get a platinum trophy – provided that you’ve completed enough of them without using the help function. If completing 150 more of these appeals to you, then you’re probably a fan of the original and should pick this up right away. If you’re not, then this one won’t sway you, and if you’re a newcomer you might as well pick up the first one in a sale to start with. Pic-a-Pix Color 2 is still brilliant, but doesn’t innovate or change what Lightwood did with the first one.

Score: 7.7/10

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