The 50 Best Puzzle Games of All Time

32. Picross DS

Year: 2007
System: DS

Like its 3D counterpart, Picross DS is all about creating art by solving Sudoku-like puzzles based on numbered grids. Whereas the 3D incarnation of the series feels more like chiseling out a piece of art, Picross DS is at its core, a logic puzzle. Instead of written clues, though, you’re given sets of numbers that correspond to the number of filled in or empty tiles in any given row or column. By cross-referencing rows and columns, you’re able to deduce what needs to be filled in and what doesn’t—eventually your markings will form a picture. A simple sounding puzzle game, yes, but even on a flat 2D plane logic puzzles can be quite hard (and fun).

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