# If You Like Picross You’re A Good Person And Will Probably Enjoy Depixtion

Picross is a wonderful series of games in which players use logic to create dubious pixel art using numbers and grids. In Depixtion, recently released for the Nintendo Switch, each level is three Picross-style puzzles of varying colours and shades coming together to create dubious pixel art. It’s deep dish Picross with a twist.

A typical Picross puzzle consists of a grid with numbers along the top and left side. Those numbers represent how many grid spaces in each row and column need to be filled in. Players use logic to determine which spaces to fill and which to leave blank. It’s a relaxing mental exercise that all of the best people enjoy.

Depixtion’s 96 puzzles mix up the Picross formula in a couple of ways. As mentioned, each puzzle consists of three layers—red, yellow, and blue—which players can swap between as they please. The second difference is that each colour has a light shade and a dark shade.

Screenshot: DevHour Games, Kotaku

In basic Picross, every number along the side of a column or row represents an isolated set of pixels. An eight space wide row with “3 4″ next to it would have three filled spaces, a blank, and then four more filled spaces. In Depixtion, only similar shades need to be separated by spaces. That same row of eight with a dark three and a light four could very well be seven filled spaces in a row with a blank at the end.

As a lover of all games gridded and numbered, I enjoy the change-up in Depixtion quite a lot. It’s almost as if I can feel my brain switch over to this new logic model with an audible click. I can now look at images like the one below without getting a headache.

Screenshot: DevHour Games

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• transientmind says:

Oooooh. Always on the lookout for more picross-likes. Or ‘nonogram’ games, as I recently learned they’re called. Voxelgram – the 3D version – looks amazing. Haven’t had a chance to sink my teeth into it yet.

Of course, popularity brings pretenders who fail… I’ve been interested in trying Nonogram prophecy, but the reviews are horrendous. I hope it’s just because the UI’s a bit 3rd-rate ‘first draft’ compared to the simplistic polish of picross.

• transientmind says:

Oh also, Murder by Numbers coming out tomorrow! A whodunnit VN where the clues are found through picross puzzle solving! Hyped for this.

• death_au says:

Thanks for this. I saw this review and thought “That reminds me, when is the Phoenix-Wright-like picross game coming out – and what was it even called again?”
Depixtion looks pretty awesome, too. Might look into getting both of them on Steam

• transientmind says:

Oh, turns out Murder by Numbers is actually out today, btw. 🙂

• transientmind says:

Oh good! Now I suddenly have 50 nonogram apps on my phone!

• transientmind says:

Somnus and Picross Luna seem to be borrowing heavily from the Two Eyes GUI/art style. Makes me wonder if we’re talking sequel/side projects/inspired by… there’s a whole rich nonogram history to look into too!