[Beyond PlayStation] Block-a-Pix Deluxe Review
Fun and blocky puzzle release8.5
Block-a-Pix Deluxe from Lightwood Games is ready for you on the Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this fun puzzler in our Block-a-Pix Deluxe review!
This new entry in the puzzle series from Lightwood Games is a bit similar to other games theyâ€™ve released â€“ use blocks to uncover the hidden image â€“ but this one, as you can tell from its name, takes things straight up into block territory. The game was originally released for consoles on the Nintendo 3DS last year, but this time around weâ€™re getting the HD version of it in Block-a-Pix Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. This means weâ€™re getting some of the same puzzles that were available on the Nintendo 3DS, playable at home or on the go on the Nintendo Switch, with support for physical button inputs or using the consoleâ€™s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop mode, as well as some new puzzles.
Each puzzle you take on is presented as a grid with a variety of numbers of different colors. You must reveal the hidden image by setting up squares or rectangles or of different widths and lengths. The big clue for how to place each square or rectangle on the grid will be which number youâ€™re working with. Some of the spaces in the grid will already be completed since they will be presented as squares with the number one in a particular color. You should check out the numbers around the blocks with the ones since these are usually low numbers that make it easier to start deducting how to solve puzzles.
Another suggestion I have for you is to find the largest number in the puzzle (thereâ€™s usually one or two rather big numbers for each puzzle) since these will need to cover a big space in the puzzle. The large numbers will, obviously, be either an even or odd number, and this is a second clue as to if you have to set a square or a rectangle, as well as in which direction you should move your cursor to fill it up. Say, for example, that you have a blue 21 on the grid. This means that you need to set a rectangle on the playing field since itâ€™s an odd number, and the only way to set it up is to place a rectangle that ix 3×7 or 7×3, depending on the layout of the puzzle.
Something else you should do as you complete each puzzle is to pay attention to the area on the screen that displays the image that youâ€™re completing. By doing this, youâ€™ll be able to see how things are shaping up, and if the image that youâ€™re unveiling is something that actually makes sense. This is particularly important for the larger size puzzles that you can take on as you progress in the game. Sure, you could start by playing the larger puzzles right from the start, but thatâ€™s not something that Iâ€™d recommend since you might end up feeling overwhelmed.
Block-a-Pix Deluxe is another solid puzzle release from Lightwood Games. Iâ€™m a fan of their other puzzle releases, so I was definitely up for reviewing this one on the Nintendo Switch, and Iâ€™m happy to report that itâ€™s definitely worth its budget $7.99 price. And once youâ€™re done playing the 120 included puzzles, you can dive into getting the puzzle packs that the team will release â€“ so far this includes the Extra Puzzles Pack 1 for $2.99 with 30 new puzzles to solve.
This Block-a-Pix Deluxe review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Lightwood Games.