Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,814 reviews) - 82% of the 1,814 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!”

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.


  • 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

    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • 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
80 of 92 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Pixel Puzzles is a fun little game to kill time with. There is a handful of puzzles and completing them will unlock greater difficulty ones, as well as a level increase to your profile (the ranking is only ''to be''; it won't affect your gameplay experience in any way).
As you may guess from the title, this is a Japan-focused game in the ''Pixel Puzzles'' series. Thus, all puzzles are set in a japanese landscape.
However, as simple and relaxing this game may sound, there is a very annoying bug when picking up puzzle pieces. It's usually never the piece you click on, but the one nearby. I don't consider this a game-breaking bug but it can be very frustrating at puzzzles with hundreds of pieces, where you can barely pick them up. Not to mention, there is no ''Save'' function. If you've embarked on a 300 pieces puzzle, you need to either stay there for an hour or two and finish it, or remember the pieces' position. This is because the screenshotting option is disabled in this game.
The game only has one, repetitive song during puzzles. I ended up muting the game and playing my own music in the bakground, I recommend you do the same.

Pros: + Fun and relaxing game, excellent to pass time with;
+ Puzzles with different difficulty levels which are unlocked as you complete easier ones;
+the hint system is balanced, so players won't spam it;

Neutral: +/- The ranking system is only there to fill the game with a new element; it doesn't do anything, but some players may like seeing the monk leveling up after completing puzzles;

Cons: - Picking up the piece you want is a pain; they are always moving in the background and cursor will pick up another one;
- Only one, repetitive soundtrack;
-Missing save button;

Buy it while it's on sale if you're into the casual genre, you won't regret it.

Personal rating: 75/100 - Good

*This review was originally posted by Asteo600 (me). If you notice it reposted by someone else, without due credit, please don't hesitate to report it and/or inform me about it. I would appreciate it, have a nice day!
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14 of 14 people (100%) 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
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2015
This was a very fun game. Obviously, you are putting together puzzles, and there are a few different dynamics at play like moving pieces and such. Additionally, as you progress, the puzzles get more difficult with more intricate pieces or puzzles like the cherry blossom one where the color scheme is essentially the same throughout. I would have liked to seen a save system mid puzzle, and the pieces could sometimes be challenging to grab, but overall, this was a pleasing game that is easy to recommend.

8 carp out of 10 possible swimming in a coi pond within a beautiful Japanese garden.
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11 of 11 people (100%) 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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