Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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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

“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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ANDRW
( 14.0 hrs on record )
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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Amehana Sagukari
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
This game is addicting if you are a puzzle lover. I enjoy how you take the monk through different levels and the puzzles get increasingly more difficult. Some of these would have been difficult already, but I saw ways of cutting the puzzle pieces that I would have never thought of. The soundtrack is very soothing, and the sub game with the fish got a chuckle out of me.

That cherry blossom one would have been hard no matter how the pieces were cut. I would have put that one later in the lineup, personally.
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Mecha King Kong
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
An intense and realistic jigsaw simulator.
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TurtleKitten
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
While moderately enjoyable, I think the interface needs a bit of work before it I can recommend it.

Once the number of puzzles pieces get large enough it becomes almost impossible to grab the piece you want.

There seems to be some preferential ordering when it comes to picking up pieces, it would be less frustrating if the pieces were displayed with regard to this order (i.e. if you're going to force me to pick up a certain piece then I would like to have that one floating on the top).

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PerksHunter
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
First of all, the major thing about this game is the horrible controls and UI. As hard as ruining a casual zen game is, the managed it. Props!

The hardest part about this game is actually catching your needed piece, even when you see it. Your mouse will get anything BUT what you need.

Cons:
Moving free pieces that make you fight for the right to pick them up, and not in a good way.
Bad ui choices make you looking for the play button, and you click to find out what the other ones do, they dont make sense visually.
Puzzles reset when you leave

Pros:
At least the pieces don't rotate
Piles you make tend to disperse pieces in order of puzzle placing, which is a boon
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joan4003
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Pixel Puzzle franchise. Recommended for those who literally like to put puzzles together, and I do mean piece by piece.

Pixel Puzzles: Japan

Help the monk reach enlightenment by doing the 5 levels of puzzles - 21 puzzles total. (Poor thing by the end looks like his enlightment made him forget to take a bath. Just made me chuckle, that is all.)

Level 1: 6 puzzles - 60 pieces. Level 2: 5 puzzles - 112 pieces. Level 3: 4 puzzles - 153 pieces. Level 4: 3 puzzles - 220 pieces. Level 5: 1 puzzle - 350 pieces, plus 2 bonus puzzles of 350+ pieces. Extra feature - picture gallery of all puzzles.

Each puzzle level becomes progressively "harder" 1) due to the amount of pieces and 2) due to the piece shape.

Since there is really no place to sort pieces some creative stacking is required along the puzzle border or on the puzzle board itself. Fortunately once a piece is placed, it stays in place even if by serendipious chance it ends up in the middle of the puzzle board.

For me the truest difficultly lie not so much the oddly shaped pieces in some puzzles but fishing the MOVING pieces out of the koi pond. On two sides of each puzzle board is the koi pond where the pieces float and move along with water lillies and a swimming koi carp fish. One can be aiming for a certain piece and miss getting that piece repeatedly. Ah well, creative stacking. One can even "play" with the koi fish. The fish can be picked up and dropped on the puzzle board. The fish will then squiggle back to the pond.

The puzzles are iconic pictures from Japan: cherry blossoms, temple gardens, temples, castles, bridges, dragon dog, and even a dragon. The picture gallery shows all the puzzle pictures. The music is also iconic traditional Japanese music predominately played in temples.
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kachal0t
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Прикольная игра. Можно помедитировать.
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Menace123
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 7 hours or more
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Jigsaw
Game modes
Jigsaw selection
Graphics
Good.
Story
Help a "monk" to reach enlightenment
Playthrough
One
Voice
None
Music
Very good / relaxing
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
No.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you accept the (#) point below.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is the first jigsaw I play from Decaying Logic and I love it. The game features a jigsaw selecting screen with 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces. You'll relax yourself for more than 6 hours listening to the music and taking your time to finish each puzzle. You'll hear or not (depends on you) the Japanese bamboo after it delivers the water.

While doing a puzzle, you'll have the same river in the upper and left hand corner where each piece is rocked by the water. You may experience some issue while trying to catch the piece you want, please read carefully the (#) point at the end. If you place the jigsaw piece at the right spot, the piece will be stuck. Also when you placed enough pieces, you'll unlock an enlightenment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited amount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at any time and it can be easier that way to find a lost one.

For the achievements you'll mostly need to finish all puzzles of the games excluding some extra one. You'll also need to interact with the environment for some of them.

(#) :
As I said a little about it, it can be frustrating while selecting the piece you want in the river. So you need to learn the "trick", you need to click on the right spot. If I remember you need to do it at the edge or in the corner. Also when you release a piece on the water, be sure to release it away from any piece you want. When you do it will shatter all the pieces around it away.

Finally I can say that this game is quite good : it represents many aspects of the Japanese culture.
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Bokxie
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
If I could remove games from my Steam, this would be one of them. Jesus Christ, this game is disorienting as all hell. Puzzle pieces fly all over the place, and when you try to grab them, you grab one that is in the area and 9 out of 10 times not the piece you want. Sure, the puzzles might be looking good, but I'm not going to spend minutes just trying to grab a piece I need.

Even if you love Jigsaw Puzzles (I know I do), stay away from this game. If the puzzle pieces didn't fly around all the time, a lot of the problems I have with this game would be fixed and I would actually put up a positive review here.
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fquro
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
now I hate puzzle
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Pixel Puzzle franchise. Recommended for those who literally like to put puzzles together, and I do mean piece by piece.

Pixel Puzzles: Japan

Help the monk reach enlightenment by doing the 5 levels of puzzles - 21 puzzles total. (Poor thing by the end looks like his enlightment made him forget to take a bath. Just made me chuckle, that is all.)

Level 1: 6 puzzles - 60 pieces. Level 2: 5 puzzles - 112 pieces. Level 3: 4 puzzles - 153 pieces. Level 4: 3 puzzles - 220 pieces. Level 5: 1 puzzle - 350 pieces, plus 2 bonus puzzles of 350+ pieces. Extra feature - picture gallery of all puzzles.

Each puzzle level becomes progressively "harder" 1) due to the amount of pieces and 2) due to the piece shape.

Since there is really no place to sort pieces some creative stacking is required along the puzzle border or on the puzzle board itself. Fortunately once a piece is placed, it stays in place even if by serendipious chance it ends up in the middle of the puzzle board.

For me the truest difficultly lie not so much the oddly shaped pieces in some puzzles but fishing the MOVING pieces out of the koi pond. On two sides of each puzzle board is the koi pond where the pieces float and move along with water lillies and a swimming koi carp fish. One can be aiming for a certain piece and miss getting that piece repeatedly. Ah well, creative stacking. One can even "play" with the koi fish. The fish can be picked up and dropped on the puzzle board. The fish will then squiggle back to the pond.

The puzzles are iconic pictures from Japan: cherry blossoms, temple gardens, temples, castles, bridges, dragon dog, and even a dragon. The picture gallery shows all the puzzle pictures. The music is also iconic traditional Japanese music predominately played in temples.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -

Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 7 hours or more
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Jigsaw
Game modes
Jigsaw selection
Graphics
Good.
Story
Help a "monk" to reach enlightenment
Playthrough
One
Voice
None
Music
Very good / relaxing
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Yes.
Download contents DLC
None.
Glitches / bugs
No.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you accept the (#) point below.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is the first jigsaw I play from Decaying Logic and I love it. The game features a jigsaw selecting screen with 19 puzzles in a range of sizes from 60 to 350 pieces. You'll relax yourself for more than 6 hours listening to the music and taking your time to finish each puzzle. You'll hear or not (depends on you) the Japanese bamboo after it delivers the water.

While doing a puzzle, you'll have the same river in the upper and left hand corner where each piece is rocked by the water. You may experience some issue while trying to catch the piece you want, please read carefully the (#) point at the end. If you place the jigsaw piece at the right spot, the piece will be stuck. Also when you placed enough pieces, you'll unlock an enlightenment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited amount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at any time and it can be easier that way to find a lost one.

For the achievements you'll mostly need to finish all puzzles of the games excluding some extra one. You'll also need to interact with the environment for some of them.

(#) :
As I said a little about it, it can be frustrating while selecting the piece you want in the river. So you need to learn the "trick", you need to click on the right spot. If I remember you need to do it at the edge or in the corner. Also when you release a piece on the water, be sure to release it away from any piece you want. When you do it will shatter all the pieces around it away.

Finally I can say that this game is quite good : it represents many aspects of the Japanese culture.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
First of all, the major thing about this game is the horrible controls and UI. As hard as ruining a casual zen game is, the managed it. Props!

The hardest part about this game is actually catching your needed piece, even when you see it. Your mouse will get anything BUT what you need.

Cons:
Moving free pieces that make you fight for the right to pick them up, and not in a good way.
Bad ui choices make you looking for the play button, and you click to find out what the other ones do, they dont make sense visually.
Puzzles reset when you leave

Pros:
At least the pieces don't rotate
Piles you make tend to disperse pieces in order of puzzle placing, which is a boon
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
An intense and realistic jigsaw simulator.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Прикольная игра. Можно помедитировать.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This game is addicting if you are a puzzle lover. I enjoy how you take the monk through different levels and the puzzles get increasingly more difficult. Some of these would have been difficult already, but I saw ways of cutting the puzzle pieces that I would have never thought of. The soundtrack is very soothing, and the sub game with the fish got a chuckle out of me.

That cherry blossom one would have been hard no matter how the pieces were cut. I would have put that one later in the lineup, personally.
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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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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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