Switch owners are about to receive yet another Picross title to play on the go, as Jupiter confirms that Picross S4 is set to launch on the platform next week.
The game features all four game modes we've come to expect - Picross, Mega Picross, Color Picross, and Clip Picross - and presents brand new puzzles to complete for each. It also has bonus 'Extra' puzzles which are said to be designed for "Picross S series veterans". Intriguing.
If you have copies of Picross S, Picross S2, and Picross S3 on the same console, you'll also be able to unlock larger 40x30 Picross puzzles for each game you've played. In total, you'll find 300 Picross and Mega Picross puzzles, 150 Clip Picross piece puzzles, 30 Color Picross puzzles, and 5 Extra puzzles - so that's 485 in total if we've added it all up correctly.
There are also a couple of new functions in Picross S4:
- In multiplayer mode, the triangle marker used to differentiate squares filled by different players will now work not only on filled squares, but marked squares as well.
-Under the Assign Square Color in the Options screen, you can choose either Fill Only, Mark Only, Fill and Mark, or Don't Use.
The game will launch on Switch on 23rd April, priced at $9.99 / £8.99 / €9.99.
Are you a Picross fan? Will you be snapping up this latest game in the series? Tell us below.
Hooray, proper size Picross puzzles! I got bored with the series as the puzzles were far too small so I may jump back in now for the 30x40.
40x30 is huge, I'm interested to try them. Buuuut I never got around to finishing the first Picross S so it's not like I'm gonna be grabbing this any time soon. Spent a few days playing the crap out of Murder by Numbers when it came out so that was my Picross fix for a little while.
Murder by Numbers was an awful game full of ridiculous virtue signaling, flimsy plot holes, cheesy writing, and really boring repetitive puzzles for a Picross type game. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to see how bad it got. Sort of a hate-play after a while. Definitely not satisfying.
One puzzle game that's fun but not Picross, and will satisfy a LOT of time gameplay wise, is Piczle Lines 1/2. I got so much gameplay out of those two, especially once I got good enough for the 128x128 puzzles. Those would take 1.5-2.5 hours each. Quite relaxing, too. Listened to audio books while playing.
Cool, some actually large puzzles to add in.
I've still not bought even the first Picross S title though, have these ever gone on sale?
I mean I'm holding out for a physical release as ever, but that never happened for the 3DS Picross titles.
Haven't even got round to 2 & 3 though they're definitely my favourite logic puzzles. Finished the first 100% though it did take about 70 hours
@RupeeClock They never go on sale because they know we NEED them. Only one that went one sale once was that weird crossover with an anime involving skulls or something?
I enjoyed Murder by Numbers quite a bit for what it is, but TRUE Picross is my cup of tea. Just bought S2 though, so no need to hurry really. Also, I've become a purist who plays with absolutely zero hints and 100%ing S1 took around 50 hours lol
Ok, but where's Picross 3dS? I want picross 3d on the switch much more than another level pack that could have just been DLC for one picross hub or something.
I'd like to give multiplayer a spin. Is it local or online? Randos or with friends?
edit: based on demo, looks like local only.
glad it’s here at last but was hoping for way more colour puzzles - they offer a challenge that normal picross doesn’t anymore although the really big puzzles should :0) ... and the multi big pic ones infuriate me for some reason!
@TobiasAmaranth I’m just about done Murder By Numbers and I’m absolutely loving it.
Sure, the puzzles aren’t as hard as they could be - I definitely complete them faster than I generally do in a Picross game - but I’m still very much enjoying it.
Anyways, cool! New Picross! 30x40!
All I want is touch screen control. Why they’ve not had it before is beyond me...
As soon as they add that I’ll buy it.
As much as I love Picross, and I can never bring myself to buy any of these games because there are just so many of them that are easy to play for free.
@datamonkey I would never use it, but I don’t understand why touch screen controls aren’t an option.
@imgrowinglegs same, especially as the old DS games had touch control!
@alexybubble try voxelgram for your picross 3D fix. It’s kinda fiddly to play on switch but still fun.
@WinstonStanley whoa never knew that existed. its no jupiter but til they wake up and smell the coffee not a bad alternative.
looks like europe's getting a demo of S4. hopefully US just around the corner.
edit: and just like that a few hours later, there it is.
Still waiting on the day where custom puzzles happen...
@SuperCharlie78 @RupeeClock @DockEllisD speak of the devil S, S2 and S3 all just got a 20% discount
That's pretty nice. Although I would've liked a bit more than just 20%, the later titles get a little bit more expensive.
That said, Picross S4 actually has a demo available! So I can actually try before I buy for a change.
@WinstonStanley I did not know that this exists, but it looks like exactly what I wanted. Thanks!
@RupeeClock They are on sale right now in the U.S. eshop.
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