Nintendo loves making free stuff to promote their new products. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Picross continues this trend by only being available to those who cash in 1000 Platinum Points via My Nintendo, but is it a better idea to save them for later?
When I finally got my 1000 coins and downloaded this Picross puzzler, I wasn't expecting much because I figured it would just be a handful of puzzles that I could finish in one sitting. Luckily, I was wrong. Right away, I was impressed by the authentic Twilight Princess presentation. Everything from the music, visual effects, and menus reminded me of my time with Link. Midna even teaches you how to play. That being said, if you're already familiar with Picross then this can be a huge pain to sit through. As someone who has been enjoying Picross for years, the mandatory fifteen minute tutorial definitely put me in a bad mood. On the plus side, 3D is actually implemented which I wasn't counting on at all. This makes finishing each puzzle even more rewarding. Also, the effect of colouring in a tile is reminiscent of Link slashing through grass. In the end, the authenticity of it all is very impressive.
One thing that Picross has always done well is provide options for beginners to ensure that they have a good time, too. Here, you can decide whether to be notified immediately whenever you fill in an incorrect tile (with a time penalty attached), display blue numbers that show you which rows or columns you should work on next, and even have a row and column automatically fill out upon starting a puzzle. These options are great for both newbies and experts alike as they allow you to adjust the amount of assistance that you'll receive. No matter how good you are at Picross, the option to play with either the stylus or buttons is thankfully included, too.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Picross contains three modes. First, you get 45 regular Picross puzzles that range in size from 10x10 to 20x15 grids. This isn't a large amount by any means, but you also get 45 Mega Picross puzzles. For the uninitiated, these are more difficult because they display some numbers that stretch across multiple columns or rows. These figures correspond to how many filled-in tiles are touching and it can be very tricky to figure out. Where it gets disappointing is the fact that many regular puzzles are repeated in this mode. Of course, you solve them in a different way but it still comes across as cheap that you have to uncover a lot of the same pictures twice. Finally, there is a massive 80x80 Micross puzzle to solve. Doing so will probably take you about an hour or two and it feels awesome once you manage to solve it all and see the epic picture materialize.
I know that this is essentially a free game, but it's still very short on content. Having played most of the Picross e series, I wish that this had as many puzzles to work through. Again, all you get are 45 basic puzzles, more difficult versions of them, and one large-scale puzzle. You could always play through them again and try to beat your past time records but why not just download some Picross e games instead? If you liked playing through this then you'll love the Picross e series. Right now, six of them are available in North America. Each one is inexpensive and boasts way more content than this free title so you should download one and give it a try.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Picross is a solid first offering from My Nintendo. Overall, I would say that it's worth cashing in your coins but you never know what they'll come up with next. Hopefully, we'll get Kirby Picross!
- + Authentic presentation that's bursting with Twilight Princess goodness in 3D
- + Plenty of options available for beginners
- + The 80x80 Micross puzzle is just awesome
- - Many regular puzzles are repeated within the Mega Picross mode
- - Not as many puzzles as the Picross e games
- - Mandatory tutorial is painfully boring