Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
User reviews:
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Mostly Positive (26 reviews) - 73% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (1,933 reviews) - 82% of the 1,933 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!”
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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.

Features:

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Recent:
Mostly Positive (26 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (1,933 reviews)
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ANDRW
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Product received for free
I really feel sorry for the idiot bigots who bought this app thinking it was a game and then posted a negative review because they can't read and have a low IQ number. It's not a game, it's a slice of culture for free thinkers like myself.

I'm not even sure how they figured out how to use a personal PC computer with that level of intelligence.

I bought this masterpiece of japanese culture and brain tingling puzzle app just so I could say this.

as mockingly,

as possible.

If you hate this game you are a dirty western pig and you dont know real gaming. Get a kidney.

I love this game and am giving it a great 10/10, i bought this at full price too!
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Amehana Sagukari
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
This game is addicting if you are a puzzle lover. I enjoy how you take the monk through different levels and the puzzles get increasingly more difficult. Some of these would have been difficult already, but I saw ways of cutting the puzzle pieces that I would have never thought of. The soundtrack is very soothing, and the sub game with the fish got a chuckle out of me.

That cherry blossom one would have been hard no matter how the pieces were cut. I would have put that one later in the lineup, personally.
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Mecha King Kong
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
An intense and realistic jigsaw simulator.
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TurtleKitten
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
While moderately enjoyable, I think the interface needs a bit of work before it I can recommend it.

Once the number of puzzles pieces get large enough it becomes almost impossible to grab the piece you want.

There seems to be some preferential ordering when it comes to picking up pieces, it would be less frustrating if the pieces were displayed with regard to this order (i.e. if you're going to force me to pick up a certain piece then I would like to have that one floating on the top).

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PerksHunter
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
First of all, the major thing about this game is the horrible controls and UI. As hard as ruining a casual zen game is, the managed it. Props!

The hardest part about this game is actually catching your needed piece, even when you see it. Your mouse will get anything BUT what you need.

Cons:
Moving free pieces that make you fight for the right to pick them up, and not in a good way.
Bad ui choices make you looking for the play button, and you click to find out what the other ones do, they dont make sense visually.
Puzzles reset when you leave

Pros:
At least the pieces don't rotate
Piles you make tend to disperse pieces in order of puzzle placing, which is a boon
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joan4003
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Pixel Puzzle franchise. Recommended for those who literally like to put puzzles together, and I do mean piece by piece.

Pixel Puzzles: Japan

Help the monk reach enlightenment by doing the 5 levels of puzzles - 21 puzzles total. (Poor thing by the end looks like his enlightment made him forget to take a bath. Just made me chuckle, that is all.)

Level 1: 6 puzzles - 60 pieces. Level 2: 5 puzzles - 112 pieces. Level 3: 4 puzzles - 153 pieces. Level 4: 3 puzzles - 220 pieces. Level 5: 1 puzzle - 350 pieces, plus 2 bonus puzzles of 350+ pieces. Extra feature - picture gallery of all puzzles.

Each puzzle level becomes progressively "harder" 1) due to the amount of pieces and 2) due to the piece shape.

Since there is really no place to sort pieces some creative stacking is required along the puzzle border or on the puzzle board itself. Fortunately once a piece is placed, it stays in place even if by serendipious chance it ends up in the middle of the puzzle board.

For me the truest difficultly lie not so much the oddly shaped pieces in some puzzles but fishing the MOVING pieces out of the koi pond. On two sides of each puzzle board is the koi pond where the pieces float and move along with water lillies and a swimming koi carp fish. One can be aiming for a certain piece and miss getting that piece repeatedly. Ah well, creative stacking. One can even "play" with the koi fish. The fish can be picked up and dropped on the puzzle board. The fish will then squiggle back to the pond.

The puzzles are iconic pictures from Japan: cherry blossoms, temple gardens, temples, castles, bridges, dragon dog, and even a dragon. The picture gallery shows all the puzzle pictures. The music is also iconic traditional Japanese music predominately played in temples.
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kachal0t
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Прикольная игра. Можно помедитировать.
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Menace123
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

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Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 7 hours or more
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Jigsaw
Game modes
Jigsaw selection
Graphics
Good.
Story
Help a "monk" to reach enlightenment
Playthrough
One
Voice
None
Music
Very good / relaxing
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
No.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you accept the (#) point below.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is the first jigsaw I play from Decaying Logic and I love it. The game features a jigsaw selecting screen with 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces. You'll relax yourself for more than 6 hours listening to the music and taking your time to finish each puzzle. You'll hear or not (depends on you) the Japanese bamboo after it delivers the water.

While doing a puzzle, you'll have the same river in the upper and left hand corner where each piece is rocked by the water. You may experience some issue while trying to catch the piece you want, please read carefully the (#) point at the end. If you place the jigsaw piece at the right spot, the piece will be stuck. Also when you placed enough pieces, you'll unlock an enlightenment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited amount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at any time and it can be easier that way to find a lost one.

For the achievements you'll mostly need to finish all puzzles of the games excluding some extra one. You'll also need to interact with the environment for some of them.

(#) :
As I said a little about it, it can be frustrating while selecting the piece you want in the river. So you need to learn the "trick", you need to click on the right spot. If I remember you need to do it at the edge or in the corner. Also when you release a piece on the water, be sure to release it away from any piece you want. When you do it will shatter all the pieces around it away.

Finally I can say that this game is quite good : it represents many aspects of the Japanese culture.
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Bokxie
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
If I could remove games from my Steam, this would be one of them. Jesus Christ, this game is disorienting as all hell. Puzzle pieces fly all over the place, and when you try to grab them, you grab one that is in the area and 9 out of 10 times not the piece you want. Sure, the puzzles might be looking good, but I'm not going to spend minutes just trying to grab a piece I need.

Even if you love Jigsaw Puzzles (I know I do), stay away from this game. If the puzzle pieces didn't fly around all the time, a lot of the problems I have with this game would be fixed and I would actually put up a positive review here.
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fquro
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
now I hate puzzle
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Pixel Puzzle franchise. Recommended for those who literally like to put puzzles together, and I do mean piece by piece.

Pixel Puzzles: Japan

Help the monk reach enlightenment by doing the 5 levels of puzzles - 21 puzzles total. (Poor thing by the end looks like his enlightment made him forget to take a bath. Just made me chuckle, that is all.)

Level 1: 6 puzzles - 60 pieces. Level 2: 5 puzzles - 112 pieces. Level 3: 4 puzzles - 153 pieces. Level 4: 3 puzzles - 220 pieces. Level 5: 1 puzzle - 350 pieces, plus 2 bonus puzzles of 350+ pieces. Extra feature - picture gallery of all puzzles.

Each puzzle level becomes progressively "harder" 1) due to the amount of pieces and 2) due to the piece shape.

Since there is really no place to sort pieces some creative stacking is required along the puzzle border or on the puzzle board itself. Fortunately once a piece is placed, it stays in place even if by serendipious chance it ends up in the middle of the puzzle board.

For me the truest difficultly lie not so much the oddly shaped pieces in some puzzles but fishing the MOVING pieces out of the koi pond. On two sides of each puzzle board is the koi pond where the pieces float and move along with water lillies and a swimming koi carp fish. One can be aiming for a certain piece and miss getting that piece repeatedly. Ah well, creative stacking. One can even "play" with the koi fish. The fish can be picked up and dropped on the puzzle board. The fish will then squiggle back to the pond.

The puzzles are iconic pictures from Japan: cherry blossoms, temple gardens, temples, castles, bridges, dragon dog, and even a dragon. The picture gallery shows all the puzzle pictures. The music is also iconic traditional Japanese music predominately played in temples.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -

Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 7 hours or more
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Jigsaw
Game modes
Jigsaw selection
Graphics
Good.
Story
Help a "monk" to reach enlightenment
Playthrough
One
Voice
None
Music
Very good / relaxing
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
No.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you accept the (#) point below.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is the first jigsaw I play from Decaying Logic and I love it. The game features a jigsaw selecting screen with 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces. You'll relax yourself for more than 6 hours listening to the music and taking your time to finish each puzzle. You'll hear or not (depends on you) the Japanese bamboo after it delivers the water.

While doing a puzzle, you'll have the same river in the upper and left hand corner where each piece is rocked by the water. You may experience some issue while trying to catch the piece you want, please read carefully the (#) point at the end. If you place the jigsaw piece at the right spot, the piece will be stuck. Also when you placed enough pieces, you'll unlock an enlightenment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited amount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at any time and it can be easier that way to find a lost one.

For the achievements you'll mostly need to finish all puzzles of the games excluding some extra one. You'll also need to interact with the environment for some of them.

(#) :
As I said a little about it, it can be frustrating while selecting the piece you want in the river. So you need to learn the "trick", you need to click on the right spot. If I remember you need to do it at the edge or in the corner. Also when you release a piece on the water, be sure to release it away from any piece you want. When you do it will shatter all the pieces around it away.

Finally I can say that this game is quite good : it represents many aspects of the Japanese culture.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If I could remove games from my Steam, this would be one of them. Jesus Christ, this game is disorienting as all hell. Puzzle pieces fly all over the place, and when you try to grab them, you grab one that is in the area and 9 out of 10 times not the piece you want. Sure, the puzzles might be looking good, but I'm not going to spend minutes just trying to grab a piece I need.

Even if you love Jigsaw Puzzles (I know I do), stay away from this game. If the puzzle pieces didn't fly around all the time, a lot of the problems I have with this game would be fixed and I would actually put up a positive review here.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
This game has serious problems when trying to pick up a piece: you don't pick the piece you're pointing at with your mouse, but a piece in that area. This makes picking pieces extremely frustrating: you have to pick piece after piece and throw them away, or pick a piece and dump it near the one you want to pick but not too near (as when you drop a piece on the lake, all the pieces around the drop point "respawn" at a certain point of the pond).

This isn't so bad when you've placed most of the pieces (as there's fewer on the pond), but at the start of some puzzles, it is just infuriating. If that problem was fixed, I would recommend this game (it has other issues, but they're smaller).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
First of all, the major thing about this game is the horrible controls and UI. As hard as ruining a casual zen game is, the managed it. Props!

The hardest part about this game is actually catching your needed piece, even when you see it. Your mouse will get anything BUT what you need.

Cons:
Moving free pieces that make you fight for the right to pick them up, and not in a good way.
Bad ui choices make you looking for the play button, and you click to find out what the other ones do, they dont make sense visually.
Puzzles reset when you leave

Pros:
At least the pieces don't rotate
Piles you make tend to disperse pieces in order of puzzle placing, which is a boon
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
An intense and realistic jigsaw simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Прикольная игра. Можно помедитировать.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This game is addicting if you are a puzzle lover. I enjoy how you take the monk through different levels and the puzzles get increasingly more difficult. Some of these would have been difficult already, but I saw ways of cutting the puzzle pieces that I would have never thought of. The soundtrack is very soothing, and the sub game with the fish got a chuckle out of me.

That cherry blossom one would have been hard no matter how the pieces were cut. I would have put that one later in the lineup, personally.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Simple jigsaw puzzle game.

Why not recommend?
Well, it's not like u can't play these games on browser for free, or even real life (like I do)

5/10 The game is good but it's just not worth the money

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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
116 of 119 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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