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Picross Mania
Author: MJK Submitted: 30th October, 2007 Favourites:0
Genre: Puzzle Downloads: 229

This is the latest version of the picross/griddler/hanjie game I've been developing.

Picross is a logic puzzle where you have to color the correct blocks in a grid, based on several number clues. Once the grid has been colored correctly, there is usually some sort of picture or figure visible in the grid as a result from the solved puzzle.

Number clues are located at the side of the grid, for every column and row. A clue of, let's say, "5 2 7" would indicate that in the corresponding row/column, the first set of colored blocks consists of five units, then there is one or more blank blocks before the second set of two colored blocks. Blank(s) again and finally a set of seven colored blocks.

Picross Mania has:
- dozens of picture puzzles
- many game modes
- highscores

The download does NOT include an installer, so you can try it out in a good mood.

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Posted by Guru Rinpoche 31st October, 2007

Whoa! Math!
Cause knowledge is power!
Posted by LIJI 31st October, 2007

Dang you! You ruined my chance winning the GOTW!
I mean...
Good game!
Posted by LIJI 31st October, 2007

Posted by MJK 31st October, 2007

Great to hear you liked the game.
Posted by bhlaab 1st November, 2007

ugh, nag screen. Knowledge yearns to be free, man. So does this game.

also i would try try try try try to get a puzzle editor tool in this. The one in picross ds is crap at best.
Posted by MJK 2nd November, 2007

There is a simple editor, but I haven't (yet) made it available for all. If some of you are interested in making some picross puzzles to the game, throw me a PM and I'll give you a link to the editor.
Posted by Simon Czentnár 2nd November, 2007

This is a very good game.
Posted by MJK 2nd November, 2007

Thank you, Sir.
Posted by Simon Colmer 4th November, 2007

Yet another MJK game (hows it going dude?)
I love the game, but i cant play it to save my life
xxx Si xxx
Posted by DaDDe 4th November, 2007

Really nice game! I like these kinds of puzzles.

I found a bug, sometimes when you press the right and left button almost at the same time,
a loop that plays a sound start (the same sound that comes when you mark squares as empty).
After that you can't do anyting...

btw nice "dll" file the game use
Posted by MJK 4th November, 2007

Hi Simon, I'm sure you have at least a half of life to waste so go picrossing.

DaDDe, thanks for the bug report. If it happens, you can use "reset the field" function to erase the whole grid (this can be found under the small "menu" text in the lower left hand corner of the game screen). That should also stop the sound.
Posted by AfterStar 4th November, 2007

Awesome sudoku-like puzzle game.
Everything is done very well.
Noticeably the music fits perfectly with the game.
Posted by DaDDe 4th November, 2007

MJK, thanks for the tip!
For the next version of the game, besides a level editor, a really cool feature would be to be able to import pictures that then are transformed to a pixelpuzzle. It's probably hard to do that with MMF, maybe you can do an extension in c++ that does the trick?

More colors than black would be nice aswell. Some cool examples:
Posted by DaVince 4th November, 2007


Posted by MJK 4th November, 2007

Good suggestions, DaDDe. Colors feature should be fairly easy to implement, so that's a realistic addition in the future. Let's wait and see what happens.
Posted by CsaR 5th November, 2007

I like the game. Very addictive.
I don't like that it saves files in the windows folder however since it isn't removed if you remove the game.
Posted by MJK 5th November, 2007

Thanks for your comments. It's good to hear it's addictive, because that's what I hoped it would become.
Posted by Jens Bergensten 6th November, 2007
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Good game! One thing I want, though, is separators for every 5 blocks, because I grow tired of counting
Posted by MJK 6th November, 2007

Thanks Jens. Feel free to add separators from Options. Tick the "draw 5x5 background grid" thingy and you have separators for every level. You can also choose a color of the lines.
Posted by Sephirenn 7th November, 2007
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Quality game, very fun after playing the one or two flash versions of this to death. I think I really like the rpg town music that plays in the background the most though.
Posted by MJK 8th November, 2007

Thanks, Sephirenn.
Posted by Fifth 12th November, 2007
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I guess I'm enjoying it.
I mean, it's not the most original idea, but it's presented quite well. And largely solid and bug-free (except for the music occasionally stopping or doubling-up).

But before this, I hadn't any idea that I enjoyed picross puzzles so much.
Posted by Airflow 18th November, 2007
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It's a great puzzle game. I wonder if it has anything to do with the way some image files are stored.





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