Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,341 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
53 of 56 people (95%) 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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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
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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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
While I enjoyed this game, and played it to completion, one particular flaw was simply to big for me to recommend it.

First, the Good:

1. It's jigsaw puzzle game on Steam!

2. Plenty of pictures gives you plenty of jigsawing to do

3. Different puzzles have the pieces "cut up" very differently, adding to the variety

4. As you'd expect, it's pretty relaxing just slowly taking your time to work on the puzzle, and then it feels really good when the puzzle is almost completed and you can just plop the remaining free pieces in the remaining holes without any searching :)


The Bad:

1. The worst issue with the game - picking the puzzle piece you want out of a group of other pieces is an exercise in frustration, especially in the latter puzzles when so many pieces are floating in the river. You can click directly on a puzzle piece, and the game then hands the piece that was hiding underneath it - over and over again. I sometimes took me literally a dozen tries to pick up a single puzzle piece! This one flaw by itself is what had me click the "No" for this review.

The final puzzle is by far the largest, and has 350 piece. As soon as I started it and saw the river absolutely full of overlapping pieces, I despaired - only to find out, to my amazement, that I was flawlessly picking up every single piece that I was intentionally clicking on! 30 pieces in a row, with no mistakes - what sorcery is this??? It's as if the QA testers complained to the programmers that this puzzle was unplayable, and they fixed the issue only in the final puzzle. Yes, it seems ridiculous, but I honestly cannot think of any other explanation.

2. No way to save progress in the middle of a puzzle. Some puzzles take hours to do, and if you exit the game, you gotta start them all over!

3. The music, while pleasant enough in the beginning, just loops over and over and over, and it's the same song for every single puzzle. Thankfully you can mute it, though that also mutes the few sound effects.

4. The colors in a most of the pictures seem washed out, though maybe that's a style thing.


The Differences From Physical Jigsaw Puzzles Which May Be Good or Bad Depending On Your Point Of View:

1. The puzzle pieces are always oriented in the proper direction, so there is never any need (or ability) to rotate them.

2. When dropped on the board close to their correct spot in the picture, the puzzle pieces automatically shift and stick there. There have been many times where I'd accidentally plop a piece down in the right spot. This also allows you to "hunt" for the right spot by just moving a piece around the board in small increments.

3. There is no way to stick two puzzle pieces together when you know they match each other, but do not know where exactly in the picture they belong.

4. The only way to view the full picture of the puzzle you're solving (without taking a screenshot of the level-select screen) is with a hint-style button, which slowly lights up as you place pieces in their proper spots. When you do use the button, it turns the board you're solving into the complete picture for a few seconds during which you can still move and place the puzzle pieces.

So yes, I mostly enjoyed the game when it was not frustrating me with the puzzle piece selection issue. If the devs fix that, I'll switch the recommendation to Yes.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
There are some minor technical issues (like volume control bugging and piece fishing being annoying at times).

But other than that the game is fun, beautiful and relaxing.
(I only wish you'd be able to turn off the music but keep the sound effects on).

Absolutely recommended.
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