Platform: Nintendo 3DS
I was doing a fairly routine “when is Picross 3D 2 coming out” search last night when I found out that it’s out and has been since September 1! It’s been out in Japan for some time now, but because the 3DS is region locked, I could not play it without buying a Japanese 3DS. I love this franchise, but not that much. This game is digital only and available from the Nintendo store. I’m a bit bummed that it’s not a full retail release, but I still get to play the game.
I immediately bought it ($30) and dug in. I didn’t let myself get too wrapped up in it as it was a work night. I ended up going to bed at 2:30 anyway. There are some notable differences from the original. The first is the addition of colors. You no longer need to simply clear all of the blocks that aren’t there. Now you have to mark the ones that are left and determine which color they are. This adds an entirely new level of difficulty and makes the game more fun for me. The other change is the shape of the figure you’re working on. As you can see in the image above, there are now curves and differently sized lines. This might help later on when the puzzles really get tough.
I am thoroughly enjoying it so far and didn’t feel I needed to wait to the end to post about it. I know what I’ll be playing all weekend!