Animal Color Cross (DSiWare)

Game Review

Animal Color Cross Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Picross with a twist

Despite there being so many different number-based puzzle games, some publishers seem to love putting nothing but Sudoku games on DSiWare. Nintendo has sadly not delivered a download for "A Little Bit of Picross DS" yet, so for now, this is the only game of its sort available on the service. Based on a fairly recent DS retail title, it features some of its puzzles, although most of them are new.

By this point you should be familiar with how this type of game works. If not, we suggest reading one of our many other reviews that explain. Animal Color Cross is largely the same as what you might be used to by now, with one little twist. While the objective is usually to fill in specific squares, leaving the rest open (or marked), here you're tasked with filling in every square on the grid.

Don't go thinking every puzzle's solution is just a big black square because of this, however – in this game, you've got multiple colours available to fill in squares, rather than just the one. The by-now familiar grid is displayed completely on the top screen, with all different colours and their accompanying numbers listed above and to the left.

On the bottom screen you can only see the numbers for one colour at a time, to make things less confusing, but you can cycle between colours any time you want. Once you've correctly filled in all squares for one colour, it'll be blocked off from selection, thus making it clear that one's done. In case this still doesn't make sense to you, the game includes a short tutorial that teaches you everything step by step.

The different colours are about the only real gameplay change from Nintendo's Picross games and other similar titles. Animal Color Cross features 72 puzzles divided up over 8 puzzle sets (five of which have to be unlocked, which goes rather fast), each being based on one particular region of the world (North America, Europe, Asia, etc.) and featuring fitting puzzle solutions. For each puzzle in one set you'll clear, you'll unlock one ninth of a larger, real-life photo of an animal. Clearing the whole set obviously lets you see the whole image, but there's no further extras attached.

As the retail title featured 150 puzzles, that means you've got almost half a full-price game here for just 500 Nintendo Points: quite a steal, we think. As said before, the puzzles are not all taken from the original game, so if you've played it before you can easily buy this one as well.

There's only one real problem with the game, but it's a glaring one – despite the original title featuring background music at all times, this game is completely devoid of it. Of course, problems like this are always fixable with any form of music player nearby, but we just can't imagine why the developers would leave out something that was part of the game before: the DSiWare version is not very big in terms of block size, so they could've easily increased it a little and added some tunes. The graphics in Picross games have always been very simple, and this one's no exception, but we can't really fault it for that.


As the first Picross game available on DSiWare, Animal Color Cross is a very solid pick for anybody craving more grid-checking action. For just 500 Nintendo Points you're getting something half the size of a previous retail game, which is obviously a great deal. The lack of music is just completely weird, though, and might put off people who don't want to go to extra lengths to have some playing.

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User Comments (12)



Retro-Commando said:

I think it should of got higher than 7/10 it did'nt really bother me that there was no music there this sound effects though.



Zach said:

This sounds like a great use of $5! I'd likely get it if it came to the US. Nice review.



EdEN said:

No music isn't a deal breaker since I love me some Picross. Good thing that the levels in this one are different from the retail game since I want to get both.




I just got my US copy of Color Cross from Amazon.com this week (it was delayed). I hope Animal Color Cross makes it's way to the US DSiWare. I can't get enough Picross!!!



flowerchild said:

I have the DS version of Color Cross and it's awesome. Can't wait for this one to come to N. America.




Can't get enough of this kind of game being the owner of Picross ds , Picross 3d ds and Mario Super Picross. I need a sorage solution though



Steveovig said:

Just bought this yesterday and I really enjoy it. It can be confusing though with all the colors. Sometimes, it's hard to tell which rows I've completed because of the shades of colors on the numbers. Overall though, it's very fun.



Lobster said:

Just bought it, definitely a fan. Here's my two cents: I'd give it an 8/10. Graphically, it does what it should. Everything is stylish and clear. Control wise, it can be a bit hard every so often to choose the right box with the stylus, especially over longer sessions as my hand got tired. Music wise, it IS pretty weird to have a silent game! It has sound effects but no music. I usually play games with the sound down, though, so I wasn't too bothered.

Sometimes, with all the fancier stuff on the eshop, I forget that DSiWare still exists, but I'm glad I took some time to remember tonight and picked up this game!

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