Picross has been around for a long time now. Mario's Picross on the Game Boy was a popular enough title back in the day, but this latest version is in the right place (the DS) at the right time (when everyone is getting ever so slightly tired of Sudoku). Yes, the formula which makes Sudoku so popular is the same which Picross is made from, and the Daily Picross mode is also cut from a similar cloth to that which makes thousands of DS owners pick up Brain Training everyday. Picross DS's gameplay is effectively infinite.
Perhaps the only unpleasant surprise here is that the stylus can make life harder. It's fine for 5x5 and 10x10 grids, but you'll have to use the zoom feature for 15x15 grids, which is time-consuming and fiddly. Not to worry, you can switch to the d-pad, which I recommend you do, as it makes life much easier.
Daily Picross, the potential for time battles with mates and the ability to create your own puzzles make this a contender for the best puzzle game of all time. I personally think it's just that. Long time gamers will know what I'm talking about when I say that it's one of those games that stay with you after you've turned your DS off for the night. You'll wake up one morning to discover that you've removed 79% of the tiles from your bathroom walls in your sleep.
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