Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Very Positive (23 reviews) - 86% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

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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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DeadShot
( 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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Sino
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Good game!!!
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Simonchik ♥
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I really recommend this game to people who love to puzzle!

The first few puzzles are quite easy, but the later ones are really challenging although the game mechanics itself makes the game easier since you can't rotate any puzzle piece.

Btw I finished this game after ~15 hours.
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Mashiro
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Lovely!
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TOS = Grimm
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
this game has been alot of fun
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Cetais
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
Before starting this review, I want to say that I like making puzzle.

The way you have to fetch every piece is downright frustrating, the music is really bad and bland, and you'll obviously get tired before finishing one, but there's no way to save your progress.

When you're trying to take a piece, be cautious since it's possible you'll take one of the 50 in the area. Unless you get rid of every other piece, you're never sure of taking the piece you want.

The real zen experience was to not ragequit in the middle of every puzzle.
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Sonora
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
"Oh? You wanted this piece? No? How about this one? No again? Which piece, please be more specific. This one? Here you go. No? What do you want from me?!" Cue the facepalm.

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Pixel Puzzles: Japan offers a casual, calm, and relaxing (most of the time) setting where, if you hadn't realised by now, you piece together a jigsaw puzzle. Sounds simple enough... but wait, there's more! This is where the relaxation part tends to ends: the floating pieces. These pieces have no sympathy for your tears or cries of frustration, they will float and evade your mouse pointer to their hearts content. Confused by what I mean? Well, check out the game trailer to see!

Anyways, let me do a breakdown for you.

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Pros
+ Various difficulty levels makes it a decent challenge on some of the jigsaws
+ Easy game to load up and play casually; play it in small doses however... I'll elaborate in the con
+ Achievements are very easy to pick up and should be of no trouble. Easily collectable as you complete each level
+ Some of the puzzles are absolutely gorgeous - they range from realistic pieces to cartoonish paintings, but really offers a glimpse into the culture and life of the Japanese people

Neutral
± Some of the puzzles were hard to piece together, but if you work outside-in, then you'll definitely be able to solve it
± There were times when I enjoyed the soundtrack and sound effects, but I ended up turning off the soundtrack because it became too repetitive. The sound effects were fine though

Cons
- There is no save feature, which is horrid, so make sure you play this game when you have nothing else to do. Otherwise just keep your computer turned on. I made the mistake of thinking there was an automatic save feature - a gaming derp moment - and "x'ed" out of the game. Waves of regret flooded the gates
- I would not suggest getting this game at its $6,99 asking price. Instead, I would suggest $1,99-2,99 as more appropriate. While it is a good game, it has been bundled and been given away for free many times. Its lowest price has also been $0,69 on Steam, so you're better off waiting for a sale. At the end of the day, I spent 6 hours in order to complete the game, and the rest was spent idling for cards
- One of the most frustrating aspects of this game - and why I say "play it in small doses" - is the "pick up" feature. You're eyeing a piece that you need, honing in on it, and them "bam!" You end up picking up another piece. So you drop that unwanted one and try again. *Click!* You pick up another piece. Then you sit there madly clicking until you finally get the piece, but in frustration you let it go and it DISAPPEARS. I don't know how many times I ended up seething and mumbling under my breath and had my friends ask me why I'm getting so mad over a puzzle game. They just don't understand...

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Puzzle games are always good fun, but beware of the slight issues that plague Pixel Puzzles: Japan. While I enjoyed the game enough to complete it, I wouldn't consider ever opening it up again just because of the small agitating features.

Play it sparsely or splurge if you would like to instead; definitely not the best jigsaw game, but also not the worst.

Overall
5.5/10

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Missie
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
This is a beautifully themed variant of pixel puzzles. It is exactly what it promises to be. The music is relaxing to have in the background whilst attempting to complete the puzzles. The tiered levels do get fairly hard and time consuming( the pieces get smaller and more numerous). My only complaint is not having a save feature to allow you to complete the puzzles in stages. A great game to pass some time if you enjoy jigsaw puzzles.
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Penak Sing Maido
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
For all of you puzzle masters try this,really good game,not ordinary puzzle game @.@
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
Before starting this review, I want to say that I like making puzzle.

The way you have to fetch every piece is downright frustrating, the music is really bad and bland, and you'll obviously get tired before finishing one, but there's no way to save your progress.

When you're trying to take a piece, be cautious since it's possible you'll take one of the 50 in the area. Unless you get rid of every other piece, you're never sure of taking the piece you want.

The real zen experience was to not ragequit in the middle of every puzzle.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
"Oh? You wanted this piece? No? How about this one? No again? Which piece, please be more specific. This one? Here you go. No? What do you want from me?!" Cue the facepalm.

---------------------------------------------------------

Pixel Puzzles: Japan offers a casual, calm, and relaxing (most of the time) setting where, if you hadn't realised by now, you piece together a jigsaw puzzle. Sounds simple enough... but wait, there's more! This is where the relaxation part tends to ends: the floating pieces. These pieces have no sympathy for your tears or cries of frustration, they will float and evade your mouse pointer to their hearts content. Confused by what I mean? Well, check out the game trailer to see!

Anyways, let me do a breakdown for you.

---------------------------------------------------------

Pros
+ Various difficulty levels makes it a decent challenge on some of the jigsaws
+ Easy game to load up and play casually; play it in small doses however... I'll elaborate in the con
+ Achievements are very easy to pick up and should be of no trouble. Easily collectable as you complete each level
+ Some of the puzzles are absolutely gorgeous - they range from realistic pieces to cartoonish paintings, but really offers a glimpse into the culture and life of the Japanese people

Neutral
± Some of the puzzles were hard to piece together, but if you work outside-in, then you'll definitely be able to solve it
± There were times when I enjoyed the soundtrack and sound effects, but I ended up turning off the soundtrack because it became too repetitive. The sound effects were fine though

Cons
- There is no save feature, which is horrid, so make sure you play this game when you have nothing else to do. Otherwise just keep your computer turned on. I made the mistake of thinking there was an automatic save feature - a gaming derp moment - and "x'ed" out of the game. Waves of regret flooded the gates
- I would not suggest getting this game at its $6,99 asking price. Instead, I would suggest $1,99-2,99 as more appropriate. While it is a good game, it has been bundled and been given away for free many times. Its lowest price has also been $0,69 on Steam, so you're better off waiting for a sale. At the end of the day, I spent 6 hours in order to complete the game, and the rest was spent idling for cards
- One of the most frustrating aspects of this game - and why I say "play it in small doses" - is the "pick up" feature. You're eyeing a piece that you need, honing in on it, and them "bam!" You end up picking up another piece. So you drop that unwanted one and try again. *Click!* You pick up another piece. Then you sit there madly clicking until you finally get the piece, but in frustration you let it go and it DISAPPEARS. I don't know how many times I ended up seething and mumbling under my breath and had my friends ask me why I'm getting so mad over a puzzle game. They just don't understand...

---------------------------------------------------------

Puzzle games are always good fun, but beware of the slight issues that plague Pixel Puzzles: Japan. While I enjoyed the game enough to complete it, I wouldn't consider ever opening it up again just because of the small agitating features.

Play it sparsely or splurge if you would like to instead; definitely not the best jigsaw game, but also not the worst.

Overall
5.5/10

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Like my review or have any questions? Then please consider joining my review group, the Sonny Report! I will keep it up to date with the games that I plan on reviewing and will also accept suggestions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
For all of you puzzle masters try this,really good game,not ordinary puzzle game @.@
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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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139 of 173 people (80%) 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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66 of 74 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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