Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Overall:
Very Positive (1,883 reviews) - 82% of the 1,883 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

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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
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
OK, but interface is basically broken. It's impossible to pick up the piece you want to pick up.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Short version: 63%
Pixel Puzzles has beautiful pictures and soothing music, but for a jigsaw game, it is lacking: the tiles are not customisable and you cannot use your own pictures or music. At least it is cheap and has Steam integration.

Long version:
Jigsaw video games are simple stuff. All you need is a decent algorithm for the tiles, good-looking pictures, and some customisation options. Pixel Puzzles: Japan meets the first two criteria and completely misses the third.

The theme is Japan, so the pictures show the best tourist traps that country can offer, with some traditional (but still Western audience compatible) music in the background.
As the game progresses, the number of tiles per picture increases, along with the variety in edge shapes. The tile design for the most part is acceptable, although in later stages the small ones can be problematic.

While the initial 18+2 puzzles are nice, they are also the entire content: you cannot add own pictures, cannot even modify the setup of the original ones… the player has no control, therefore, the game has zero replay value. Which in a jigsaw game is probably the biggest drawback that can ever be.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Should be a lot better. Interface is kind of broken, as it's impossible to accurately target the piece you actually want to to pick up.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
6.0/10 - A Good, but Very limited Puzzle Offering!

I love puzzles so I had to own at least 1 game of the genre. This one didn't disappoint me either! With that being said I wouldn't pay full price since there are some serious limitations to the game. I picked this up for around $1; I would look to spend no more than $3-4 even if you love puzzles.

The puzzles are anywhere from 60-350 pieces; once you start getting into the higher puzzle count it does get quite hard! There are 21 puzzles and 26 achievements to complete. This game will definitely take you longer than 12 hours to complete all puzzles.

All of the pieces are floating around the border, so once you get to 350 puzzles you will run into some serious frustration when grabbing a specific piece. I also wasn't thrilled with the puzzle images; they felt very generic. It seems like they went for license free images instead of having amazing pictures to put together.

It's worth $2.99-$3.99 based on the length and quality of puzzles.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Weirdly enough, I was convinced to have reviewed the game on Steam. Well, it seems that only my website got the privilege. I'm repairing the error now.

Pixel Puzzles: Japan is a game where you have to rebuild an image which is a Japanese landscape. Each time the puzzle is completed, you unlock new ones, with more pieces (it can go over 300!). The pieces are floating in the pond, with a koi wandering around. Some of them hide a bonus that, once completed, can be used though I don't remember what it's doing - if I have it used at all. I was more focused on rebuilding a castle or a monastery or a park than worrying about it.

Each puzzle shape are special: you can have arrows for example. As you don't know what's the image looks like (I suppose that the bonus is about showing for a few seconds the whole picture), you have to relay on the nuances of the color.

As it's the first game in the series, there are negative points: taking the pieces isn't easy. Indeed, you want to take one but you're ending up with the one that was passing under it or around it. It lacks also of a saving feature: if you have to interrupt your game, you will have to redo the puzzle from the beginning. And as some can take hours to finish, you bet that it would be nice to save it and come back later.

The game is still a very good, with beautiful landscapes and with a good challenge provided.
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