[Nintendo Switch] Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse Review
Puzzle-packed adventure Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse from Rainy Frog and Score Studios is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. Check our Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse review!
Puzzle-packed adventure Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse from Rainy Frog and Score Studios is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. It’s a follow-up to Piczle Lines DX – which I got to review on Nintendo Switch back in 2017 – and the aptly titled Piczle Lines 500 More Puzzles. It’s part of the whole Piczle universe, which also includes games Piczle Colors, match-three puzzler Piczle Cells, the retro-styled bundle Piczle Puzzle and Watch Collection, as well as the excellent Piczle Cross Adventure on Nintendo’s console.
You’ll be joining Professor Matrix, Score-chan, and their cat Dbug as they try to complete each of the puzzles to solve the crisis at hand. It seems that Score-chan took the Professor’s Piczle Dust that can turn objects into pixels or remove all of their colors – you know, depending on what a game’s plot requires. This time around, Score-chan decided to use the Piczle Dust as kitty litter sand because she was told by the Professor to clean up, and the kitty litter was in the cupboard downstairs, so she decided to improvise. This ends up making the Dbug disappear into one of the many books on the shelf. Can you solve all the puzzles to find Dbug before it’s too late? Your first stop? The pirate-themed Pieces of Ate.
Before you dive in, the game will ask if you want to jump into the accessibility section to customize your experience. You can change the volume mix for the soundtrack and for sound effects, activate or deactivate vibration for the controllers, and screenshake for the gameplay. Select your language between English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. You can also reduce flashing, mark arachnophobia as an issue, and select from the color vision adjustment options – Deuteranopia, Protanopia, or Tritanopia.
Once you’re ready to go, you’ll be able to select between playing through the Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse tutorial, playing the puzzles in Puzzle Mode, or playing through the game’s Story Mode. There’s plenty of content to enjoy since there are 370 puzzles in total, with 210 of them set for Story Mode and 160 serving as the ones for Puzzle Mode. There will also be seasonal puzzle packs added every now and then, along with being able to purchase additional puzzle packs as they release.7
The first thing you should do is go through the tutorial section so that you can learn all of the basics. The premise is simple: you must connect dots of the same color and the same number by drawing a line from one to the other. You can also complete lines by starting them from each dot and meeting in the middle, so to speak. Once that’s taken care of, that line will turn solid, and it will be added to the puzzle image. The game can be played by using the Nintendo Switch JoyCon, or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode. You will use the left analog stick or the D-Pad to move the cursor over one dot, press the A button, and then move the cursor to the other dot to connect them. If you want to delete a line you’ve already drawn, just move the cursor over it and press the Y button.
The numbers on each of the many dots in a puzzle are a clue. These numbers will let you know how many squares you must cover on the grid, which is vital for completing the final image. Things will start off easy enough with patterns that are not too complicated to solve. Puzzles will also get bigger and bigger, so you’ll have to use the right analog stick to move the camera around so that you can get a better look at things. There’s also the option of zooming in and out as needed by using the ZR and R buttons, respectively.
If you want to speed up your puzzle solving, you can make the game autocomplete all single square spots at the start of a puzzle, which can make a huge difference in some of the later puzzles. Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse will also let you know if a puzzle’s solution includes empty grid spaces. If you want to bump up the difficulty, you can remove this option to increase the challenge. We are human, after all, so odds are you might make some mistakes along the way. This is why there’s the option for having the game check your progress and point out any lines that have been drawn incorrectly. Using this will add a special icon to that puzzle after you complete it so that you can know which puzzles you can go back to in order to clear them without using the tool.
There’s also an in-game achievements system for you to consider if you want to 100% the game. There are 20 achievements in total, with objectives such as completing the Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse tutorial, clearing 5, 35, 100, and 250 puzzles, clearing any puzzle mode category, drawing a total of 25,000 lines – which is certainly going to take a while! – as well as covering a total of 200,000 grid squares. On top of those, there’s an extra achievement you’ll get once you’ve unlocked all other achievements.
If you’re a fan of Piczle Lines DX or Piczle Lines 500 More Puzzles, then you’re going to get a kick out of Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse. It features an over-the-top premise to set up its Story Mode – as is to be expected of a game in the Piczle Puzzleverse. The gameplay is very chill, and it allows you to take your time to find the hidden image behind all of the dots that you need to join by way of lines. You might get a fun fact after completing this or that puzzle! Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse is out on Nintendo Switch at a $14.99 price.
This Piczle Lines 2: Into the Puzzleverse review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Rainy Frog.