Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Mostly Positive (19 reviews) - 73% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,952 reviews) - 82% of the 1,952 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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Meatshield
46.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
This is a decent puzzle game. I found it to be a bit challenging since you have no option of looking at the box to figure out what the puzzle might look like, until you build up the power meter and then you are only given a brief glance of the puzzle for 5 or so seconds.

Some of the things it lacks are the fact there is no save feature. (so you can go back to your puzzle if you are getting tired, or just run out of time) You have to play through the puzzle all the way or lose your progress.

Picking up pieces can be troublesome as well. It will tend to not let you pick up that edge piece unless it is the only piece with an inch of space around it, and even then, it may select another piece instead.

I did finish all the puzzles in this game and even though it did not unlock the last two puzzles I had done; I was ok with that. A good time waster, but not really much replay value.
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AnnteS/w0w/ pvpro.com
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
mdaldma
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regelreiter
26.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
A funny little game with easy puzzle up to challenging. Those people who like puzzle will like this lil game.
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The Fall of Shadows
19.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
Stage 1: "hey, these are pretty relaxing and the music is nice!"
Stage 2: "More pieces. still really relaxing, but the music is getting kinda old"
Stage 3: "Lots of pieces. Wouldn't be a problem if i could click the pieces i actually wanted." (muted the game and turned on my own music by this point)
Stage 4: "Alright, now I'm getting irratated. The pieces keep moving and it takes me about 15 clicks to get the piece i actually want."
Stage 5: "FK THIS GAME! I'VE BEEN ON THE SAME PUZZLE FOR OVER AN HOUR! AND I CAN'T EVEN SAVE THE PUZZLE TO PICK IT UP LATER!"(there is no mid-puzzle saving, so you either finish the puzzle or start from scratch if you close it)
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Kite
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
A relaxing, Japanese-themed puzzle game. The only thing I wish was in this Pixel Puzzles series was a "Save" option so I wouldn't have to restart each puzzle if I had to stop in the middle of it. My favorite thing was the Koi pond the pieces floated in. ^^ I picked up that Koi too many times on accident, though lol
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games_with_planets
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
I was really looking forward to playing some puzzles, unfortunately theres no way to turn off the 'koi pond', and area to the top and left of the puzzle board where your pices float around. It really bothered me so I stopped playing and don't recommend this game at all. It would be better if the puzzle filled more of the screen with just a small section for the unused pieces to sit in
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herwryness
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
The only thing about this game that I do not like is the lack of a save function. I understand more recent games in this series have this function. The music can be a little repetitve as well but that's a minor issue.
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vladd
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 5
Product received for free
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stian.rodland
11.9 hrs
Posted: August 4
Not as sophisticated as the games in the ''Pixel Puzzle 2'' series (no puzzle piece rotation and fewer puzzles), but still a great game ...
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ANDRW
14.0 hrs
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
The only thing about this game that I do not like is the lack of a save function. I understand more recent games in this series have this function. The music can be a little repetitve as well but that's a minor issue.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
A funny little game with easy puzzle up to challenging. Those people who like puzzle will like this lil game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Stage 1: "hey, these are pretty relaxing and the music is nice!"
Stage 2: "More pieces. still really relaxing, but the music is getting kinda old"
Stage 3: "Lots of pieces. Wouldn't be a problem if i could click the pieces i actually wanted." (muted the game and turned on my own music by this point)
Stage 4: "Alright, now I'm getting irratated. The pieces keep moving and it takes me about 15 clicks to get the piece i actually want."
Stage 5: "FK THIS GAME! I'VE BEEN ON THE SAME PUZZLE FOR OVER AN HOUR! AND I CAN'T EVEN SAVE THE PUZZLE TO PICK IT UP LATER!"(there is no mid-puzzle saving, so you either finish the puzzle or start from scratch if you close it)
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117 of 120 people (98%) 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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141 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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90 of 103 people (87%) 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
Mediocre
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67 of 75 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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