[Beyond PlayStation] Piczle Lines DX Review
Piczle Lines DX from Score Studios and Rainy Frog is a Picross style puzzle release on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Piczle Lines DX review!
In Piczle Lines DX, your goal is to connect dots of the same color and the same number by simply drawing a line from one to the other. This can be done either by touching the screen with your finger, or by moving a cursor around with the left analog stick and holding down the ZL or ZR buttons to draw. The numbers inside the dots let you know how long the line should be. When you connect a pair of dots, the line will fill out with color, and the more lines you complete, the more you’ll learn about the image you’re completing. If you make a mistake and want to get rid of a line, you can tap on the smaller of the circles and drag your finger back to the start or tap twice on the line.
Puzzles start out small, but you’ll soon run into puzzles that are too big to fit on a single screen. You’ll need to move the camera around to get a good look at the rest of the playing area by paying attention to the preview image at the top of the screen. You can also zoom in and out of the puzzle are by pressing the X and Y buttons or by pinching the screen with your fingers. You might end up accidentally starting a line when you’re trying to zoom in and out or when you’re moving the camera around, but don’t worry about it since you won’t be punished for accidental lines. Just, you know, delete them so they don’t screw up your puzzle solving.
The game offers two modes: Story Mode in which you play the puzzles in order, and Puzzle Mode in which you can play any puzzle as you please, even leaving one unfinished to return to it later. Story Mode is split into five chapters, each one with 20 stages to beat and some light-hearted cutscenes to move the story forward. The story begins after you’re shown the Puzzle-Matic 3000, an invention that turns everything into pixels. Unfortunately, you sorta break it, sending all of its power everywhere. You are tasked with completing a series of puzzles to fix things so that you can unpixelate the many objects that fell victim to the Puzzle-Matic 3000’s power.
Puzzle Mode includes 200+ puzzles for you to solve, so overall you’re looking at 300+ puzzles “out of the box” for your purchase, as well as the extra puzzles the game will be getting on a regular basis as free DLC. I’ve been playing the game for several hours now and have managed to complete around half of the available puzzles, so there’s definitely a lot of content to enjoy.
There’s an in-game trophy system with 17 trophies to unlock. The objectives include playing the tutorial, checking out the credits, clearing a puzzle without deleting a line, clearing all puzzles in each chapter in Story Mode, and clearing a ton of puzzles in total (10, 50, 100 and 250 puzzles). So if you’re the type of person who likes to 100% a game, you’ll have some extra goals to aim for.
Piczle Lines DX is also available as a Free to Play (F2P) mobile release, but the Nintendo Switch version offers more bang for your buck. Buying all DLC puzzles on mobile would cost you more than the $14.99 asking price on Switch, not to mention that the game will get new DLC soon that will be available for free to console owners.
I definitely recommend Piczle Lines DX to Nintendo Switch owners who are looking for an easy to play and fun puzzle game on Nintendo’s hybrid console. There are over 300+ puzzles to do with more on the way, so you’ll be spending a ton of time drawing lines all over the place as you enjoy some relaxing puzzle action.
This Piczle Lines DX review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by www.rainyfrog.com/Rainy Frog.