Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Very Positive (36 reviews) - 80% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,926 reviews) - 82% of the 1,926 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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Recent:
Very Positive (36 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (1,926 reviews)
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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
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

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 enlighment
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 jisaw 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 enlightment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited ammount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at anytime 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 enviroment 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 remenber 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
( 1.6 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 but up a positive review here.
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fquro
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
now I hate puzzle
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pretumos
( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
This game has serious problems when trying to pick up a piece: you don't pick the piece you're pointing at with your mouse, but a piece in that area. This makes picking pieces extremely frustrating: you have to pick piece after piece and throw them away, or pick a piece and dump it near the one you want to pick but not too near (as when you drop a piece on the lake, all the pieces around the drop point "respawn" at a certain point of the pond).

This isn't so bad when you've placed most of the pieces (as there's fewer on the pond), but at the start of some puzzles, it is just infuriating. If that problem was fixed, I would recommend this game (it has other issues, but they're smaller).
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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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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.

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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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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 -

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 enlighment
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 jisaw 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 enlightment mode which can be used to reveal the finished puzzle on the background for limited ammount of time. One last thing about the gameplay is you can change the background color at anytime 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 enviroment 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 remenber 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 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 but up a positive review here.
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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 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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