A wonderful puzzle game every 3DS owners should download.
Everyone should have a copy of Picross in their life, even if it's a monochrome relic from a time before the internet came along and fried our fragile minds with unending filth.
When Nintendo revived Picross for the DS, we loved it pretty much to death, and got all excited about Slitherlink at the same time. But the problem with such patient, probing puzzlers is that it's hard to make such graphically bereft titles look or sound sexy.
Assuming you've never been treated to its all-consuming brilliance, the idea is to reveal a picture hidden beneath a grid. Along the top and down the side of the grid are lists of numbers that tell you how many of the squares need to be coloured in, and from a process of elimination you can gradually fill each one in.
To add a game element, a secondary 'goal' is to solve each puzzle in the quickest possible time. A clock ticks down from 30 minutes, and for every mistake you make, you're docked a couple of minutes. That's Picross in a nutshell.
Unlike some games you could mention, Mario's Picross doesn't exactly suffer in the light of technological advancements over the intervening years. If anything, developer Jupiter nailed it the first time, and the only thing that's aged is the person playing it.
What's Hot: Tough yet challenging puzzles, cute music, seeing Mario's mug.
What's Not: Not as good as the DS titles.