[Nintendo Switch] Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons Review

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Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons is a chill and cozy puzzle crossover that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. Check out our Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons review!

Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons is a chill and cozy puzzle crossover that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. This game from Rainy Frog and Score Studios brings us a Piczle Cross experience set in the beloved Story of Seasons universe from XSEED Games, giving us the puzzle crossover we didn’t know we really needed. As you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of nonogram puzzle games, from the Picross series to Nonograms Prophecy to Pictooi to the many, many games in the Piczle series. You can probably imagine I was very much looking forward to checking this one out from the moment it was first announced!

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Your journey will begin while the main characters are watching TV. They’ve tuned into the Learning Channel and are about to get an introduction to nonogram puzzles by Professor Molecule M. Matrix. Yes, this is the game’s way of presenting its tutorial in a bit of a tongue-in-cheek way of teaching you the basics while also introducing one of the characters who is a crucial component of the Piczle universe. You can take on this tutorial or press the B button to skip it if you have some experience with nonogram puzzle games.

If you’re new to nonogram puzzles, they’re logic-based puzzles in which you’ll have to fill up squares on the playing area to eventually reveal the hidden image. To do this, you’ll have to pay attention to the numbers on each line and column. The numbers on a line or column will establish how many blocks need to be revealed. If there’s more than one number, that means that you’ll need to leave at least one blank square between them, but it could be more than one blank spot that is required.

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To do this, you’ll move a cursor around the playing area using either the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Pressing the A button will allow you to fill up the block on which the cursor is placed. You can also mark a square with the B button to remind you that said square should remain blank. There are some extra options to consider, such as having the game autocorrect any mistakes you make or start with a roulette that will randomly fill up a line and column at the start of a puzzle so that you can use that as a hint to get you going with the rest of the puzzle.

As you complete the hundreds of puzzles on offer, you’ll start to add content to the 100+ pages in-game Almanac. This will allow you to review information and design art for the many elements that fans of the Story of Seasons series know and love, adding an incentive for finishing every single puzzle. These entries include info on what each character likes and dislikes – Marian loves jewels and vegetables but hates greasy food! – for the various entries in the Story of Seasons franchise, such as the first one that was released in Japan in 2014, as well as sequels Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, and Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. You also get an Appendix on the Piczle series with info and character art for Score-chan, Gig, Dbug, Professor Molecule M. Matrix, Dr. Mona Chromantic, and under_score.

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And if you’re the type of person who likes to 100% a game, there’s also an in-game achievement for you to consider. What will you need to do for those achievements? You have some for completing 5, 25, 100, 150, and 200 puzzles, as well as one for clearing every single puzzle in the game. On top of that, you can work on clearing the puzzles on each of the different categories – tools, crops, farm, home, animals, mining, food, fishing, town, and foraging, as well as those based on each of the games in the series. Oh, and there are also some collage puzzles for you to work on! You might also want to complete the tutorial.

Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons is a colorful and cozy puzzle experience with more than 350 nonogram puzzles that mix the Piczle series gameplay with the beloved Story of Series franchise for an excellent puzzle experience on Nintendo’s console. As you complete puzzles based on the many tools, crops, villagers, and potential romantic suitors, your farm will grow, and more and more elements will be added. Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 price tag.

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This Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Rainy Frog.

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