Marios Picross

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Platform: GameBoy
Editor Rating: 5/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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Marios Picross
Marios Picross
Marios Picross
Marios Picross

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Nintendo's known for releasing top-notch puzzle games, and while good, Mario's Picross lacks the addictive quality of Tetris, Kirby's Avalanche, etc. This cart relies far too heavily on guesswork than actual reasoning skills. Some of the items you uncover really don't look like they're supposed to. Mario's Picross gets boring after a few puzzles. Nothing keeps it fresh, which is a shame. This one is good for long road trips. But I think that it's only average.


It's a Tetris-type puzzle game, but it's not. Got that? Neither do I. You see, this title uses more reasoning behind the game. Rather than letting little pieces fall, you have to use your mind. When I'm playing a green-screened, portable game, I don't want to use my mind--my eyes hurt already. The addictive quality of puzzle games doesn't come through for the game. It's different, but I couldn't see myself toting it around for fun on the run. I gotta go--my brain hurts.


Puzzle games are usually very successful on Nintendo systems, and Mario's Picross is no different. But I must warn you: This title depends heavily on logic and reasoning. If you want something in the vein of Kirby's Avalanche or Dr Mario, you're not gonna get it here. Anyhow, the game is still decent if you have the patience for it. It's a pretty cool game with the first few puzzles, but it kinda fizzled out and bored me toward the end. It's still worth a try.


I like puzzle games and generally think they're even better on a portable. However, this game was just too boring. Chiseling away numbers on the top and side make it seem like a math test instead of a game It may be good for educational reasons, but it sure is bland to play. I would only recommend this to puzzle fanatics--it may not even please everyone who likes Tetris-type games. It's not a bad game but really not my type of puzzle.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Nothing remarkable distinguishes Nintendo's new puzzle game, yet Picross is undeniably addicting, especially if you love numbers.

Mario Math

Picross is basic point-n-click action, but it's not a simple game. Pronounced "pick-ross," the game presents a grid of columns and rows. Outside the grid are numbers telling you how many squares are blanked out in each column or row. Using the numbers as clues, you calculate which squares to eliminate, and which to leave in place. A timer juices the intensity, and you're rewarded with a simple picture of a common object.

If you're waiting for Mario to appear in the graphics or sounds, you'll be disappointed because he's just a showpiece. The game's graphics keep the focus on the grid and the numbers, with some text to help you. The sounds help out by alerting you as time elapses,but the repetitive music will drive you insane.

Playing Picross

The controls are straightforward: You move the cursor quickly and accurately across grids, and you easily undo mistakes. There's not much to do, but then again, this isn't a thumb-straining game.

It is, however, a brainstraining game. The puzzles become progressively harder, and Star grids can be attempted only after you solve every previous puzzle. For novices, 64 easy puzzles are available, and a Hint option offers partially completed puzzles.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you'll find yourself tempted to try just one more puzzle. Pick Picross for perplexin'puzzle fun.


  • Always start by Riling in the rows and columns that use the highest number of squares.
  • If any rows or columns use zero squares, immediately "X" them out
  • Don't focus on the overall pictures. They're hard to guess and sometimes have details you can't anticipate.

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