Game Review: PictoQuest: The Cursed Grids

Release date: 2019
Version played: PC (via Steam) in 2020

Developed by NanoPiko and published by Plug In Digital, PictoQuest: The Cursed Grids is a 2019 puzzle game set in a fantasy RPG world. As a pair of young adventurers, you are tasked with travelling across Pictoria to solve picross puzzles in order to defeat the evil wizard, Moonface. When completing these puzzles, enemies may attack you if you make an incorrect move, and if they deplete your health you’ll have to start the puzzle again.

+ I just love picross puzzles, so much. I won’t lie and say there is more to my love of this game than that, but I get a huge amount of joy from doing these puzzles
+ some very, very light RPG elements add a few cute little features, such as a pixel-grid map to travel instead of just selecting the puzzles from a menu. Since your life points are essentially just a time limit for each puzzle, the ability to use potions to restore some life points is basically just a time limit increase, and there are items to reveal a small number of spaces on the grid or halt one enemy attack

– the game is just picross puzzles. If you are not already a fan and/or do not become a fan in the early going, nothing is going to hook you in later

Should you play this game: If you like picross puzzles, then yes. If you are not already a fan of picross puzzles, then there is no real reason to pick this up.

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