Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,459 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014
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"Like jigsaw puzzles where the puzzle pieces move around? If so then get this game, its a great challenge and great for casual players."
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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 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
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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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
For what it is, its a good little game. Its a time waster when you want to relax from blasting aliens or racing cars at 200 mph.

The pictures are really nice, and the music is pretty relaxing. The extra pieces float around the board in a pond, so that you can see the remaining pieces you havent yet put into the puzzle.

Achievements are easily attainable, each one cooresponds to a puzzle you need to complete. No time limit, no fancy business, just complete the puzzle, achievement pops.

One thing I didnt see was a save feature. Kinda silly not to have one. I've only done the shorter puzzles, but later on it could get annoying if you want to hold onto your progress and finish up another day.

If you want a jigsaw puzzle game, this will scratch that itch.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
I thought this would be a "few clicks" puzzle game and I am done. Boy, was I wrong.

Things that make it different than an ordinary puzzle game, thus better:
- You have to catch your puzzle pieces floating in the pond
- The cut-outs of the puzzle pieces are insane shapes
- You have to "earn" the ability to see the whole puzzle picture
- YOU CAN FISH!

Things I am not fond of:
- Your options reset everytime you exit the game
- You cannot save in the middle of the puzzle. That is my biggest dissapointment, as some puzzles can take hours.

Overall, it's a very relaxing and frustrating game at the same time. I like it.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Puzzles are fun, but why the hell do pieces have to be floating around in a Koi pond and when you try to grab one you grab another and then you try to put it back and both disappear. That's probably why they gave this game away for free.....oh wait they made several more versions? What the hell.......... Easy achievements if you can deal with this ♥♥♥♥.
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