Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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“If you are looking for a nice relaxing game where you don't have to worry about quick reflexes then you can't go wrong with Pixel Puzzles: Japan.”
8/10 – GAMERamble

“Pixel Puzzles: Japan a game to relax too!”

About This Game

Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity. As you build puzzles your monk will gain higher consciousness states. The higher the level of your monks concentration the bigger the puzzle you can attempt. All hand drawn in a beautiful Japanese aesthetic, Pixel Puzzles: Japan is perfect for puzzlers and gamers alike.


  • Traditional puzzle gameplay.
  • Relaxing Japanese atmosphere.
  • 26 Steam Achievements.
  • 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces.
  • Multiple FREE DLC bonus puzzles
  • Beautiful photos taken on site in Japan.
  • Interactive play environment.
  • Progressive I-ching powers that give insight into puzzles.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    • OS: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Music could be better, and they could do away with fishing out puzzles as its highly inaccurate and I often ended up picked up the wrong one. If steam had neutral review grade it would be neutral.
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117 of 121 people (97%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Fairly decent Jigsaw game but for the love of all that is good and just in this world give the option to turn of the sound of that water bamboo tippy thing. ITS SO ANNOYING. For an otherwise quite relaxing game that sound makes me wince every 10 seconds .

**Update** The above is no longer an issue!

Very impressed that the developers actually listened to my wee moan. A rare thing indeed in todays gaming industry.
I heartily recommend this game , very relaxing and a good way to unwind.
Many thanks indeed Decayinglogic!
I'll be sure to follow your future projects.
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142 of 175 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
93.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
So why do I not recommend this game yet still love the game???? Well the answer is quite puzzling...

Let me begin by saying that if you enjoy a good jigsaw puzzle you will find great enjoyment within this game. There is a definite feel of working a jigsaw puzzle here and it's quite relaxing and enjoyable. The pictures are decent and give some good challenge in matching up the pieces and once you get to the larger piece puzzles it really feels like your working a real jigsaw puzzle on a table top.

Another interesting slant on this game is that in many puzzles the pieces are cut in ways you could never cut a real life puzzle. This is good in the sense that it opens up new challenges with matching up pieces and actually adds to the puzzle experience in ways that only a virtual puzzle could. It's bad in a way too though because some of these cut styles up the difficulty in matching pieces by cut to sky high levels that make it nearly impossible to do, leaving you to rely on color matching alone. If you’re looking for more challenge though this is certainly a way to get it in ways that physical puzzles could never match so I think this is certainly a positive overall.

So where does it all go so wrong?? It's a couple of things that on the lower end, smaller piece puzzles, you won't experience too badly but as you climb up to the high piece puzzles will have you ripping your hair out. The first and most obvious fault is that there is NO mid puzzle save feature. On the small piece puzzles this isn't so much an issue as you can solve them in 15-20 minutes tops. However as you approach the larger piece puzzles this becomes an issue as most people don't have all morning or night to finish a puzzle. Your only option is to leave the game running in the background of your computer, which isn't a horrible option, but sucks down your computers resources if you'd like to go play another game for a while or sucks down electricity if you'd rather just power down your computer for the night.... And there's really no excuse for why the developers couldn't have coded a simple mid-puzzle save feature for this.

The second flaw is in piece selection. The pieces float around in a "river" around the puzzle which honestly works as it allows you to see the pieces and really resembles the pieces in a box being shaken around a bit only probably better as all the pieces are right side up. Another area where virtual is somewhat better than real life. The problem occurs when you see a piece floating out there amongst all the other pieces that you know fits somewhere and you go to grab it, it's as if the program actually goes out of its way to give you every piece except the one you want.... You'll be clicking and clicking though a million pieces just to get the one you want that you can see right in front of you. Several times per puzzle I've clicked on the piece I wanted while it was clearly in the open, with my curser only touching that piece, and been given a different piece. Then when I release that unwanted piece back into the river the piece I wanted disappears from its current location and reappears somewhere else, usually in a mess of many other pieces again..... Super frustrating.

At the end of the day, because of those flaws I cannot in all fairness give this game a recommendation. These are flaws that could have, and should have been addressed by the developer before or soon after the game was released. Is there a market for virtual jigsaw puzzle games?? I think the answer is yes. Ways to improve upon the design?? First off mid-puzzle saving is a must. Second off improve the puzzle selection process and perhaps give us two to four "ponds" to place specific pieces in where they will float around separated from the river. Lastly, maybe allow for players to use their own pictures to create their own original puzzles. Maybe even have a Steam Workshop for those puzzles..... I certainly think there's a market for jigsaw puzzle games but this one has too many frustrating flaws to really grow that market...
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91 of 102 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Played it to completion, relaxing and enjoyable at first, but becomes annoying and frustrating after a certain point.

The Good :
  • A simple jigsaw puzzle game, no time limit.
  • Each piece is cut differently.
  • Different difficulty levels from 60 to 350 pieces.
  • You can change the background color.

Neutral :
  • Relaxing sountrack but repetitive.

The Bad :
  • Low quality images with mediocre variety.
  • No space to organize pieces.
  • Cannot connect pieces to each other, they only lock to their exact position on the board.
  • Hint system is random.
  • Pieces are constantly moving in a small area, so you can't see all the pieces at once.
  • In later puzzles picking pieces is somehow random
  • Puting back a piece in water and all the area disappear.
  • The piece's space on the board is sometimes larger or smaller than the piece but it magically fits.
  • You can put random pieces to the board, trying all rows and columns and hope it fits ...
  • Only 21 puzzles, no free DLCs as mentioned.

Note : 4/10
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65 of 72 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
Some of you may remember your grandparents, parents, and/or assorted relatives (maybe even their friends), sitting around a foldout card table when your were little. They'd be talking, laughing, and staring down at the surface of the table with perplexed expressions on their faces. Their hands were in constant motion. Standing on tiptoes, you'd try to see what all the fuss was about... The table legs were so high up and you were so very small. Someone milling about would pick you up and settle you on a lap. And there to your amazement was a strange and wonderous mystery being solved. A picture of exotic wild life, mountains, a river, a famous landmark, horses galloping on an open plain, or maybe fairies and unicorns dancing under a starry night's sky filled your eyes. The picture wasn't complete but you were told that if you were good and didn't knock the strange, funny shaped pieces of cardboard to the floor, that you could help solve the picture too!

It's now been many years since I sat at a table and put a puzzle together. Many of the people I once sat across are sadly no longer with us, having passed on. But I still remember that thrill that ran through me on "Game Night" when puzzles and board games ruled the living room! Pixel Puzzle: Japan, took me back to those fond days and made me feel that I was once again sitted at that magical card table. The imagery and audio are quite lovely. The actual puzzle pieces are designed beautifully and lock in place just like a real jigsaw puzzle. They are also nicely challenging. If you are looking to relax, and leave your cares for a while, you could do far worse.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Absolutely Zen.... very relaxing and great for the mind ... the fact that the puzzle pieces are moving makes it even better ....
yes I have to agree with botor on all the admins should play this game and anyone who has a stressful day ...
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Absolutely wonderful ... Recommeded for all my admins who have to deal with bad apples all day ... very addicting game ...
look forward to more from you like this ... +.<
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2015
I enjoyed Pixel Puzzle: Japan, for what it was.

This game was exactly what it claimed to be. A Jig-Saw Puzzle Game with the puzzles being pictures from Japan.
It's fairly relaxing, due to there being no timer, alowing you to take as long as you need to complete each puzzle.
The game has 19 puzzles. There's not much variety, other than the different puzzle-pictures, & different sized puzzles.
Sizes start at 60pieces, then 112 pieces, 153 pieces, 220 pieces, & the last puzzle has 350 pieces.
There are 26 Achievements, & all are easy & involve finishing all the puzzles.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
I like this game but its so limited with only like 12 puzzles. It needs more puzzles or a way to use your pictures to create your own puzzles. I have had no issues with this at all. Great work more scope for this to be improved to make it even better for me. Needs DLC'S AND A PUZZLE CREATURE I think this would make it future alot better for people to buy it.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Pixel Puzzles is a fun little game to kill time with. There is a handful of puzzles and completing them will unlock greater difficulty ones, as well as a level increase to your profile (the ranking is only ''to be''; it won't affect your gameplay experience in any way).
As you may guess from the title, this is a Japan-focused game in the ''Pixel Puzzles'' series. Thus, all puzzles are set in a japanese landscape.
However, as simple and relaxing this game may sound, there is a very annoying bug when picking up puzzle pieces. It's usually never the piece you click on, but the one nearby. I don't consider this a game-breaking bug but it can be very frustrating at puzzzles with hundreds of pieces, where you can barely pick them up. Not to mention, there is no ''Save'' function. If you've embarked on a 300 pieces puzzle, you need to either stay there for an hour or two and finish it, or remember the pieces' position. This is because the screenshotting option is disabled in this game.
The game only has one, repetitive song during puzzles. I ended up muting the game and playing my own music in the bakground, I recommend you do the same.

Pros: + Fun and relaxing game, excellent to pass time with;
+ Puzzles with different difficulty levels which are unlocked as you complete easier ones;
+the hint system is balanced, so players won't spam it;

Neutral: +/- The ranking system is only there to fill the game with a new element; it doesn't do anything, but some players may like seeing the monk leveling up after completing puzzles;

Cons: - Picking up the piece you want is a pain; they are always moving in the background and cursor will pick up another one;
- Only one, repetitive soundtrack;
-Missing save button;

Buy it while it's on sale if you're into the casual genre, you won't regret it.

Personal rating: 75/100 - Good
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17.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
It's a jigsaw puzzle game.... does this game even need a review?
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6.5 hrs
Posted: October 4
It's a jigsaw game. It does exactly what it says on the tin and nothing more. Wouldn't recommend at full price, but if you're looking for a relaxing experience while you watch TV or listen to music then you can't go wrong here.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
Really good and relaxing to play :)
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
nice game
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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✿ Adela ✿
20.1 hrs
Posted: September 19
Find a picture that looks like a typical Japanese landscape, turn it into a jigsaw puzzle of unusually shaped puzzle pieces, put all the pieces in a pond with koi fish, take some relaxing songs and put them on a short repeat, get one of those bamboo water features that clunks every few minutes as it fills with water and finally a mouse that does not click where you want it to. That’s Pixel Puzzles: Japan!

This is a typical 2014 jigsaw puzzle solving game, where the gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect, although it does offer some interesting features which differ it from the wide variety of jigsaw puzzle games on the market. It certainly does have a traditional Japanese feel, especially with the Koi pond filled with water and floating Lilly pads.

As with a traditional jigsaw puzzle, the most efficient way to complete it is by finding the edge pieces first and then working your way inward. If you place a piece correctly, it locks into place and cannot be removed again by accident which is useful.

The game utilizes a sort of an original “fishing” mechanic in order to to retrieve the puzzle pieces. They can move around and you have to “fish up” the piece you want from a koi pond that surrounds the play area.

Using a piece is just a matter of dragging it out of the pond and placing it somewhere. My opinion is that it is an interesting way to show all of the unused pieces without struggling to fit them all on the screen.

All in all, there are 21 puzzles for you to solve (unlocked by playing from easiest to hardest). Each of these are tiered by difficulty, starting with the lowest piece count and eventually reaching over two hundred pieces per puzzle. The puzzles themselves are images of landscapes or buildings from Japan.

Depending on the amount of puzzle pieces and how keen your eyesight is, some puzzles can take quite a while to complete. Unfortunately you cannot save a puzzle that is in progress so if you have to stop playing in the middle of a puzzle your only option is to minimize the game.

Overall, if you are looking for a good and relaxing game where you don’t need to worry about quick reflexes, then you can’t go wrong with this one. Being a fan of jigsaw puzzles obviously helps, but the game has enough unique touches to make it appealing to all fans of casual titles.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: September 8
Product received for free
can't save, can't enjoy.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
A game that simply delivers on it's promise: Puzzling. Amazing that we get to see something like that nowadays.
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