The game’s premise is simple; reveal the image hidden under the puzzle by filling in a grid with squares and crosses to complete patterns. Picross will feature 300 puzzles ranging from elementary five by five grids to complicated twenty by twenty grids that will challenge even hardened gamers. If you get stuck there is a handy tips system to help you on your way and a hint function that will reveal one line of the puzzle.
Picross also allows gamers to create their own puzzles, including designing the hidden image, and share this with friends using wireless and Wi-Fi Connection.
The game will also feature a calendar based Daily mode which challenges players to complete several quick puzzles each day. All puzzles are five by five grids and designed to test the player’s speed, with progress plotted on a chart showing the total time taken. Playing over consecutive days will unlock new modes including No X’s, Error Search and Memory.
There’s also a selection of touch-screen mini-games to unlock, testing the player’s skill and reaction against the clock. In addition the game will feature a multiplayer mode where up to five players can compete against each other wirelessly or go head-to-head with another player using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
If that’s not enough, you’ll be able to download more puzzles, created by players and Nintendo, giving the game an almost endless lifespan.
Picross is scheduled for release for Nintendo DS across Europe on May 11.