Pixel Puzzles: Japan combines traditional jigsaw puzzle style gameplay with light video-game interactivity.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,498 reviews) - 81% of the 1,498 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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"Like jigsaw puzzles where the puzzle pieces move around? If so then get this game, its a great challenge and great for casual players."
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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.


  • 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 85 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
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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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Puzzles are fun, but why the hell do pieces have to be floating around in a Koi pond and when you try to grab one you grab another and then you try to put it back and both disappear. That's probably why they gave this game away for free.....oh wait they made several more versions? What the hell.......... Easy achievements if you can deal with this ♥♥♥♥.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A fairly straight forward jigsaw puzzle game, in fairness.

I think I got this game for free from some kind of site promotion and it seemed like a fairly easy game to 100% so I thought, why not?
After all, nothing wrong with a good jigsaw puzzle every now and then.

This is a nice and relaxed game for when you just want to chill out but exercise your brain a bit. (But not too much)

You have 19 main puzzles, which vary in size and difficulty and 2 bonus puzzles that must have been added in later on. The way it works is that the pieces float and move around on the sides of the screen in the water, you pick out pieces and put them together. Simple!

The only problem I had with this game was that towards the end, the bigger puzzles with around 300 or so pieces in the water, it became harder and more tedious trying to pick out the right pieces you want. Although it’s not all that hard to get around so that’s as far as you are going to get in terms of stress.

To 100% the game you just complete every puzzle. That’s it. It’s an easy one.

The scenes are nice Japanese themed scenes, some are harder then others but in general they are all nice to look at.

All in all it’s a nice little game to steer you away from the bigger more stressful games that you may have in your games library.

TL;DR : It’s a nice relaxing little jigsaw puzzle game, it’s pretty straight forward and it’s an easy 100%ed game.
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