[Beyond PlayStation] Piczle Colors Review
Piczle Colors from Score Studios and Rainy Frog is a new fun puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Piczle Colors review!
In Piczle Colors, you will get to enjoy a new story mode featuring Professor Matrix, Score-Chan, Dig, and D-Bug. This time around, the world has been drained of all color by Score-Chan since she was tempted into using a special paint created by Professor Matrix which, you guessed it, sucks out all color from things! Because of this, you are tasked with fixing things before it is too late, and you will do this by way of solving a ton of puzzles either at home or on the go.
For each puzzle, you will have a set number of colors, and you can switch between them with the L and R buttons when using the Joy-Con to play in Docked, Portable or Tabletop mode. You will move the cursor around the puzzle grid with either the left Joy-Con analog stick or by using the D-Pad. The A button will be used to paint over the grid as needed, with the bonus of not being able to paint over a spot that has already been painted with another color. If you’ve made a mistake, you can use the B button to fix it. You can also use the Nintendo Switch touchscreen to control the game if you’re playing in Portable or Tabletop mode.
Unlike other puzzle games of a similar style, you won’t be reading the clues for the lines and columns of the different puzzles you will be solving as you usually would. If you have a 10×5 grid, and the clue for the first line is nine blue and one purple, that does not mean that there are nine consecutive blue square and one lonely purple square at the start or the end of the sequence. All the clue is telling you is that out of the ten squares, one is purple and nine are blue. The order of the numbers also does not giveaway the order in which the colors go on the grid. The exception is when a number is inside of a circle since this means that all squares of that color are connected. It’s an interesting change of pace and something that separates this one from other “fill in the squares” puzzles of the nonogram variety.
The game includes six color puzzle packs with 50 puzzles each, for a considerably large selection of 300 puzzles in total. You will be eased into things with some simple 5×5 puzzles so that you can get the hang of things, and before you know it, you will be taking on some 15×10 puzzles to solve. The puzzles include things such as a fish, a trumpet, a mouse, a tree, an apple, a leaf, a smiley face, a heart, pixel representation of the characters from story mode, a car, and more. You will need to finish some puzzles from the previous puzzle pack to gain access to the next one, and there is also a bonus puzzle pack that is locked away by coins.
Speaking of which, while the game does offer you hints for each of the puzzles, which are activated at the start of a puzzle to solve some of the squares on the grid, if you want to 100% the game you’re going to have to aim at completing all puzzles without using any hints. The good news is that doing this will also reward you with coins, which you can use to unlock a 3D model viewer or a section that displays your gameplay statistics. And as you play and complete some specific objectives, such as going through the tutorial or completing X, Y or Z number of puzzles, you will get some trophy goodies for your trouble to add to your collection – be sure to spin them around to see all the great attention to detail!
Piczle Colors is a fun take on the nonogram puzzle genre that changes the rules a bit to help this one stand out from the crowd. With hundreds of puzzles on offer and a new set of rules, this $12.00 game is an easy recommendation on the Nintendo Switch, even more so if you’re a fan of nonogram puzzles and are craving a new option.
This Piczle Colors review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Rainy Frog.