Before having this game slid into my email inbox, I never realised how much I missed this sort of simple puzzle game. I have never been much good at puzzle games, as I have the mental dexterity of a soggy jam sandwich. But Pic-A-Pix Pieces seems simple enough to understand. Is the game up to the task of creating puzzles I can actually solve without calling my partner in to help me? Like asking the older sibling to get you past the hard bit in a Mega-Man game? Let’s see.
A tiny bit of background is always pertinent. Released on the 3rd of January 2019 Pic-A-Pix Pieces was developed by Lightwood Games. It’s a bright and colour-filled puzzle game about matching colours to particular patterns to create images. Simple stuff.
Presentation is less than what could be hoped for. The first thing that stuck out to me, or (more appropriately) assaulted my ears, was the soundtrack. It was so garish. Sounding like a professional wrestler picked up music composition and body slammed the result through a Chip Tune piano. However, thankfully there is a way to turn off the Guantanamo Bay torture device. So, it didn’t affect my play through after that first few minutes. Besides that, the only moving part of this game is the timer. The background is of a simple light colour with darker shapes of puzzle pieces in the expanse, how quaint. Presentation serves its purpose, it is pleasant to look at for many hours on end and (besides the music that sounds like a Megadrive sound chip being thrown into a blender in a tin shack) it’s a positive for me.
Since there is obviously no narrative to this little venture I will be jumping straight into gameplay. This is where the game sinks its talons into you for hours and hours on end like pixel laden brainwashing. The gameplay consists of a simple pattern matching game, using the numbers on the top and side to assign colours to squares. As simple as that may seem there appears to be a deep layer of thought that goes into the puzzles and you will play it until that level finish noise is ingrained in the pleasure centre of your mind. The gameplay loop is deeply addictive and demands a lot of your time, that combined with the simple but relatively pleasant images and ease to learn and it consumes you like a Sarlacc made of quicksand. All in all, the gameplay of Pic-A-Pix Pieces is something that hangs around in the back of your mind, and with new updates and constant expansions being brought out for $3 it isn’t very hard to imagine playing this game far into the future.
In conclusion I enjoyed Pic-A-Pix Pieces far more than I originally expected, even with its presentation problems. Especially with the music which you can liken to strangling a 16 bit goose. I still found myself sinking in hour upon hour into its puzzle goodness. With frequent releases of expansion packs adding to the ludicrous amount of content, this is one puzzle game worth picking up. Grab it if you enjoy the feeling of seeing your darkened room lit up by sunlight, that you could swear wasn’t coming for a few more hours.