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[Beyond PlayStation] Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure Review
  • On July 20, 2018

Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure from Lightwood Games is a new black and white puzzle release now available on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure review!


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In Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure, from Lightwood Games with puzzles from Conceptis, you play through what Phil says are photographs he’s taken with his black and white camera, so you’ll have to use the cursor with the face buttons, or use the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen, to unveil the image. There are relatively small photographs to develop, as well as massive ones that are several screens big. The basic gameplay mechanics state that for each picture you will find clue numbers all over the image, and each clue number shows how many squares in a given block of nine squares are to be filled in black. Something to consider is that the block of nine squares is completed by the clue number itself and the eight squares around it, and that there might be some overlap with the block made by other clue numbers around it!

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Because of the way the game handles its puzzles you will get started with a very useful tutorial. The squares that are to be kept blank can be marked with an X so that you know those are to be left on their own. The game shows you a clue number that is nine, so you easily realize you need to completely fill all nine squares in the block. There are also some clues which show a zero, and these are also very helpful since that means you can mark all nine squares with an X. You can change your single square cursor into a larger cursor that can cover nine squares at once, which greatly speeds things up for puzzles with several nine or zero number clues.

There’s also the smart cursor which will show you which block of nine squares has enough squares filled with black or marked with X for you to quickly solve the whole block. Oh, and you should keep an eye on the color of the clue numbers as you solve a puzzle! When you’ve completed all squares in a block, be that by filling in the needed squares, by marking them with an X or both, the clue number will turn grey. But if you notice that one of the numbers is in red, that means you need to review that block and the blocks around it because you’ve made a mistake!

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Puzzles are separated into countries for their themes since, as mentioned before, these puzzles are supposed to be black and white photographs from Phil’s trips around the world. This is why you’ll be uncovering some very famous landmarks as you solve each of the puzzles. This Nintendo Switch version of what was previously a Nintendo 3DS only puzzle release, has 120 puzzles for you to complete, some of which were not available in the Nintendo 3DS version, and there’s also an extra 40 puzzles available as DLC.

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Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure is a fun puzzle game with a ton of content to enjoy for its $7.99. If you’re a fan of the Picross series, and would like a dash of minesweeper thrown in for good measure, then you’re going to enjoy this one. If you’re still on the fence then you can try out the game’s demo which is now live on the Nintendo eshop to see if this is a good fit for you.

This Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Lightwood Games.



Review Overview

A fun puzzle trip around the world