Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
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Very Positive (19 reviews) - 89% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,897 reviews) - 82% of the 1,897 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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Daisy// Hyerii
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
When a puzzle game meets a fishing game.
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Painkiller
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Good Game
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Vex
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Not worth the price. It's possible to complete all the jigsaws in under 2 hours. Boo!
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KawaiiDesuChan
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Since I love about japanese games,anime and etc. This game was a great game for those jigsaw puzzle lover...
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Magick_Lady
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
great game for those loving jigsaw puzzles . Also easy enough the get all achievements and make your perfect game rate higher on your profile LOL
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Lacie
( 30.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Nice puzzle game. My 3 year old son that the koi was hilarious, especially when it swims across the screen if you take it out of the water. The graphics were nice. However, there is no saving, auto or manual. So, expect to sit down and either complete it in one go or have it running in the background while you do other things. If you exit before you completed all the puzzles, you'll have to restart in your Achievement quest.

I would recommend this game, although I have been told the other Pixel Puzzles are better. I'd try to catch this one on sale since the nonexistant saving gets REALLY frustrating (especially when you want to take a break and play a different game!)
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AdamJB
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Doing jigsaw puzzles on your computer is really relaxing.
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Rena
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Another thing I got via a free giveaway. It's as advertised a pile of crossword puzzles with a Japanese vibe. As others noted picking up the specific piece you want can become frustratinlgy difficult once you get to the puzzles with a larger amount of pieces. Worth a pickup on a sale.
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.based
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
If you like puzzle get it, simple as that.

Beware of the sound options tho, if you change settings they won't be saved !
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Cube
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
good game
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feistycadaver
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Pros:
Fun
Relaxing

Cons:
Clicking on the puzzle pool often picks up the wrong piece
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Daze The Bear Chieftain
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
A decent puzzle building game. I love doing puzzles but this one just seemed to bore me after getting through about 10 of them. I didn't like that you had to complete each puzzle in one sitting. You can't put half the puzzle together and save the rest for later. It will reset the puzzle if you go back to main menu. I can really only recommend this if you like some ok pictures of Japan and really love puzzles to the extreme.
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Rumsy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Puzzles are weird.
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cam
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
its grab everything but the piece i want to grab
so ♥♥♥♥ing frustrated aaaaaaaarrrg
♥♥♥♥ this
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adpt Nwagerhr.o7
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
WOW FUN GAME! DIGITAL PUZZLE! RELAXING... EASY... FUN!!
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MechaKingKong
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
You better have a good memory because the game refuses to show you the full picture for reference unless you've got a full yin yang gage (which is charged by placing pieces correctly). It's also difficult to pick the piece you want to place, as the pieces float over each other in the pool and clicking rarely grabs the one you want, which is particularly a problem on the higher difficulties with bigger puzzles.
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Annie T. Mood
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
A jigsaw puzzle game where you can't do many of the things you would likely do when putting together a physical jigsaw puzzle.

First off, when tweaking with the options setting such as changing from fullscreen to window (no resolution options available), music, and sound effects, none of the settings stay the same when you start the game up again; you'd have to retweak all that stuff to their desired place. The options menu itself doesn't really contain all that much anyway.

Puzzle pieces can't be rotated but are apparently already turned the right way so there'd be no need for that.

You can't piece together matching jigsaw puzzles; each individual piece can only be snapped on the canvas where they belong even if there are no other pieces around. This means that you can basically grab a puzzle piece and keep dragging & dropping the thing all over the canvas, if desired, until it snaps into the place where it's apparently supposed to go.

The puzzle pieces you're supposed to grab outside of the canvas don't stay still; they slowly float about on a pond outside of the field bouncing from walls, a few sometimes get stuck on a wall and just stay still for whatever reason. It becomes more of a bother than a challenge (if it's even supposed to be a challenge of some kind) since the pieces will always overlap one another, so way too likely you won't always grab the puzzle piece you want even if the mouse is on the desired piece. This is much worse later on when the pieces become smaller and higher in number. You can drag the puzzle pieces out of the pond to the canvas but that's more than likely to just block the view of the canvas itself with clutter.

If you were to leave a puzzle-in-progress it doesn't save and there's no option to. If you need to exit the game you'd have to start whatever puzzle you were doing all over again.

I was hoping this jigsaw puzzle game was more of the things I'd do with a pyshical one and not just a game where I just drag piece (A) to point (B) with the addition of technical nuisances.
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Bug-shooting bastard`
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Really nice games for people who like puzzles.

+ Different difficulty levels
+ Pretty cool concept of puzzles swimming around in the pond
+ nice relaxing sounds of birds, or short music from time to time create nice game climate

unfortunatelly not everything is great in this game..

- it is impossible to pick a puzzle you want to pick, if theres few puzzles close...it can be a serious struggle.
Game will be like: "are you sure you want to use this piece? what about this? or that? let's try this one over there... maybe you will like it instead of one you tried to select..."
Seriuously game is giving you pieces that aren't even that close to the one you can actually click. It can be really frustrating sometimes

- no "save" option, which would be useful in the last levels

In the end I would recommend this game to friends because it is nice in general, and despite its own problems I still get back to playing it.
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Amy White
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
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JasonFBourne
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
don't play this game Unless your a hardcore Asian
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
great game for those loving jigsaw puzzles . Also easy enough the get all achievements and make your perfect game rate higher on your profile LOL
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Not worth the price. It's possible to complete all the jigsaws in under 2 hours. Boo!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
You better have a good memory because the game refuses to show you the full picture for reference unless you've got a full yin yang gage (which is charged by placing pieces correctly). It's also difficult to pick the piece you want to place, as the pieces float over each other in the pool and clicking rarely grabs the one you want, which is particularly a problem on the higher difficulties with bigger puzzles.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I thought I was buying a puzzle game, instead I got a fishing/hunting/stalking game. I literally feel like I'm stalking the piece I want.

It's harder to pickup the piece than it is to find it and place it...Stormtroopers have better hit accuracy.

Time to do tasks in this game:

Locate the proper piece - 5 seconds
Pickup the piece - 25 seconds
Place the piece - 2 seconds


And it's a shame because I wrote a glowing review for Pixel Puzzles 2 Space from the same developer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Hard because pieces of puzzle are getting smaller while they are moving, although it's a good game for spend time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Really nice games for people who like puzzles.

+ Different difficulty levels
+ Pretty cool concept of puzzles swimming around in the pond
+ nice relaxing sounds of birds, or short music from time to time create nice game climate

unfortunatelly not everything is great in this game..

- it is impossible to pick a puzzle you want to pick, if theres few puzzles close...it can be a serious struggle.
Game will be like: "are you sure you want to use this piece? what about this? or that? let's try this one over there... maybe you will like it instead of one you tried to select..."
Seriuously game is giving you pieces that aren't even that close to the one you can actually click. It can be really frustrating sometimes

- no "save" option, which would be useful in the last levels

In the end I would recommend this game to friends because it is nice in general, and despite its own problems I still get back to playing it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
All those of you who reviewed this game as "good",
WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥ IS GOING ON INSIDE YOUR HEAD?
It took me and a friend 1.3 HOURS to finish the FIRST ♥♥♥♥ing puzzle, which was damn near impossible to do, as we resorted to spam clicking
All in all, wait for the game to cost about 17 CENTS and play it with a friend to have a laugh at how damn awful it is
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
I got this one for free and this game is really good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
After 9.1 hours I finally did all of the puzzles!
Honestly what can you expect from a puzzle game.
Music is relaxing
Pieces floating around can get kind of annoying
Fast and easy achievements
Don't have to clean up all the dang pieces like you do in real life
Saving your progress is kind of iffy

At least you are not trying to jam pieces where they dont belong

6.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
WOW FUN GAME! DIGITAL PUZZLE! RELAXING... EASY... FUN!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
A jigsaw puzzle game where you can't do many of the things you would likely do when putting together a physical jigsaw puzzle.

First off, when tweaking with the options setting such as changing from fullscreen to window (no resolution options available), music, and sound effects, none of the settings stay the same when you start the game up again; you'd have to retweak all that stuff to their desired place. The options menu itself doesn't really contain all that much anyway.

Puzzle pieces can't be rotated but are apparently already turned the right way so there'd be no need for that.

You can't piece together matching jigsaw puzzles; each individual piece can only be snapped on the canvas where they belong even if there are no other pieces around. This means that you can basically grab a puzzle piece and keep dragging & dropping the thing all over the canvas, if desired, until it snaps into the place where it's apparently supposed to go.

The puzzle pieces you're supposed to grab outside of the canvas don't stay still; they slowly float about on a pond outside of the field bouncing from walls, a few sometimes get stuck on a wall and just stay still for whatever reason. It becomes more of a bother than a challenge (if it's even supposed to be a challenge of some kind) since the pieces will always overlap one another, so way too likely you won't always grab the puzzle piece you want even if the mouse is on the desired piece. This is much worse later on when the pieces become smaller and higher in number. You can drag the puzzle pieces out of the pond to the canvas but that's more than likely to just block the view of the canvas itself with clutter.

If you were to leave a puzzle-in-progress it doesn't save and there's no option to. If you need to exit the game you'd have to start whatever puzzle you were doing all over again.

I was hoping this jigsaw puzzle game was more of the things I'd do with a pyshical one and not just a game where I just drag piece (A) to point (B) with the addition of technical nuisances.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Pros:
Fun
Relaxing

Cons:
Clicking on the puzzle pool often picks up the wrong piece
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Pixel Puzzles: Japan is a fun puzzle game with motives from Japan. In my opinion they have choosen really good pictures for their puzzles.
Before this game, I played Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this game.
And I wasn't disappointed. But still, there are a few things, I disliked.
But since this game was released BEFORE -Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime- I can forgive the missing features.
The two things that I really missed were:
1. The Puzzle Pieces were in the right direction all the time, so you don’t have to spin them, to see where they can fit. (Not that tragic)
2. You can’t save while doing a puzzle.
In Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime the games saves by itself, you can start with a puzzle, close the game and progress further with it when you got time. This feature is completely missing here.
If you start with a Puzzle, you have to finish it. If you close the game, you have to start over with the current puzzle. Kind of annoying at the later Puzzles.

Still, I recommend the game.
The motives are nice, The Puzzles are fun. Every Puzzle has its own unique pieces. So you have to look for something else in every game.

If you’re looking for a good, fun and relaxing Puzzle game, you will not regret buying it.
Still, if you only want one puzzle game and like anime-style puzzles, I would go for Pixel Puzzles 2: Anime, alone for the comfortable save option.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
At the beggining - it seems ok.
Unfortunately in the half it becomes tragic...
* too many puzzlez in the pond~
* you can't grab desired puzzle - sometimes it gives you another one...

There are also:
* not so many puzzles
* poor quality
* you can't pair / "glue" some puzzles together and move them as one big piece, which is sad in a biig puzzles

I would recommend that game for some people, but not for puzzlers.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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