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[Nintendo Switch] Pictooi Review

[Nintendo Switch] Pictooi Review
  • On September 30, 2021

Puzzle game Pictooi from indie studio Atooi is one to check out on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Pictooi review!


Puzzle game Pictooi from indie studio Atooi is one to check out on Nintendo Switch. It’s a new take on the always fun nonogram puzzles that we know and love, thanks to games such as Picross or, more recently, Piczle Cross Adventure. Pictooi offers 300 puzzles separated into boards of 5×5, 10×10, 15×15, and 20×20 sizes so that players of all skill levels can take this one for a spin. Starting off with the 5×5 puzzles will allow you to get the hang of things as you learn the basics. You’ll be joined in this journey by Professor Ishida, a colorful lightbulb with glasses.

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Pictooi offers two gameplay modes: Classic and Diorama. Classic Mode has 180 puzzles for you to solve, split into different categories that encompass them into themes such as music, space, and more. Diorama Mode will present to you ten silhouetted dioramas with 120 puzzles to solve. As you complete each puzzle, a piece of the diorama will be revealed. Complete all puzzles to reveal all ten images! You can take on each section at your own pace, completing several puzzles in one go or solving one a day.

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The game can be played with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con to easily control the puzzle action. All you need to do is move the cursor around the puzzle board with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you select which squares need to be completed. Press the A button, and you will film up a square. Press the B button, and you’ll mark the square with an X, reminding you that you probably shouldn’t try to fill it up.

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If you’re new to nonogram puzzles, you can learn what needs to be done by completing the tutorial. Each row or column of a puzzle will have some numbers to clue you into what needs to be done to complete it. Those numbers represent how many squares need to be filled up to complete the hidden image. If there is more than one number in a row or column, that means that there needs to be at least one blank space between each set of black squares.


Solving puzzles is a great way to train your brain, and that’s what Pictooi sets out to do. It will record your overall time as exercise time. It will give you some fun facts along the way for each theme that you play through. You will get a chance to review your overall progress in an easy-to-read way thanks to the included calendar, letting you know how you’re doing and all that’s left to experience. And if you’re having any issues solving a puzzle, you can use the included Assist Mode to check any mistakes you’ve made so that you can correct them.

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If you’re a fan of nonogram puzzle games, then you should definitely check out Pictooi on Nintendo Switch. It has 300 puzzles to solve, and some fun facts that might teach you a thing or two as you play – did you know that the Empress Tree features leaves that are the size of elephant ears? It’s an entertaining way to train your brain. Pictooi is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 price.

This Pictooi review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Atooi.

Review Overview

Enjoyable nonograms puzzle game with some bonus fun facts