Use logic as your paintbrush to restore lost works of pixel art. Try the demo!
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Release Date: Oct 14, 2015

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April 26

Voting and Ratings added to Workshop Level Player

Now you can vote on paintings from within the Workshop level player, AND you can see their average rating. The more votes the better the curation, so thumbs up the good ones and thumbs down the rest!

So what are "the good ones?" My definition: the image looks ok or better and it plays more fun than just mindlessly filling in the spaces. Easy paintings are fine, but there should be at least some thinking to them.

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April 20

PiB 2.1 Released - Play new paintings or create your own with Workshop!

Yes! This latest update adds Workshop features to Paint it Back.
Super-easy to use: From the main menu of PiB, click on Workshop, then click choose either Play or Create.

Play lets you browse and play paintings created by other players of PiB. Works with either mouse or gamepad/keyboard. There's about 30 90 new paintings up there already, some by me, some by the community. Titles include "Two Lives Left, One Kind of Drunk", "Bernie Sanders", "Donald Trump", "Television is Dead", "Iron Helm", "Coin-Op Game You Die When You Die", "Hipster Cat", "Tommy Gun" ...

Create is where you paint new paintings, validate/playtest, then upload to the community where they'll be playable from the Play section. This is basically like a really simple paint program, but there's a few things to keep in mind, particularly that you're creating a painting that also needs to be a fun/challenging puzzle. Check this guide here for more info.

It'd be awesome to see tons of paintings get uploaded. Would love to hear feedback/thoughts
in the forum about the new Workshop stuff...if you've got anything to say!

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Reviews

“The game is so addicive and it's because this game is fun for everybody and their grandmother”
The Indie Motel

“I enjoyed the hell out of playing it.”
The Linux Gamer

“Addictif, c'est parfaitement le petit jeu de puzzle que j'apprécie pour m'occuper.”
Game Guide

About This Game


The art has disappeared from the gallery! Can you paint it back?

Recreate lost works of pixel art by using brainpower.
Use logic as your paintbrush to solve each painting's unique puzzle.


Try the free demo!

Featuring:
  • 150 paintings to solve!
  • 15 rooms to unlock.
  • 20 achievements.
  • Logic puzzles similar to picross, sudoku, nonograms, paint by numbers and griddlers.
  • Endless "Mystery Masterpiece" challenge mode.
  • Play paintings in Normal, Pro and Master difficulty modes.
  • Undo and redo buttons.
  • 6 player profiles on one computer (the whole family/commune/coven can play!)
  • Steam cloud and achievements.
  • Play with mouse, keyboard or game controller. Also great on touchscreen PCs!
  • Hours of puzzley fun!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D capable card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 195 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D capable card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 195 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D capable card
    • Storage: 205 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 3D capable card
    • Storage: 205 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 32/64-bit or Ubuntu 12.10 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 225 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 32/64-bit or Ubuntu 12.10 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 2GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Storage: 225 MB available space
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MegaManBK7
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
A solid Picross game. The larger pictures got quite creative, so it was fun to try and figure out from the title how the picture was going to turn out. Once I completed all the puzzles and tried using the random mode, the game still kept it's fun for a bit longer even though I had already completed the pictures by removing the color and name hints.

The only big problem I saw with the game was the two marks paintings. These were two paintings that are impossible to solve on the master difficulty without guessing a bit. The creators realized this, so they put a warning to use marks, which is the system to paint on the board without actually affecting it, so possibilities can be tried without wasting any work previously. Though a system is there to make guessing less destructive to the puzzle process, I can't condone any logic game requiring guessing for it's puzzle, that defeats the purpose.
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liquidindian
( 122.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It's Picross, innit.
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LiteLime
( 59.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
A delightful picross game
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Levitate
( 38.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Finally a good Picross game on Steam!
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Jatt
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
It's a logic puzzle like Picross and other similar games with different names. You have to fill in a grid of squares based on numbers at the side that tell you how many squares are filled in each line. Click to fill in a square, right click to place an X to show that you know it's an empty square, pretty simple. This type of game is pretty fun if you're a fan of games like Sudoku or Minesweeper.

There are a couple things about this game, though, that could be done much better. When you're filling in the squares, there's nothing to indicate which square you're hovering over and which row or column it's in. For a lot of puzzles, it's not a big deal, but when you're playing a puzzle with 30 or 40 or more rows/columns, then it can be sort of tough to make sure you're hitting the exact square you want since you have to look at the numbers on the side of the board, then follow that column all the way back to the one square you want to mark. Maybe it's not incredibly hard, but it can be tedious and a bit frustrating. This game should do what pretty much every other game of this type does and highlight the row and column you're hovering over.

Another frustrating thing is that you can only save the progress of one puzzle at a time for some reason. I discovered this when I had a 30x30 puzzle saved that was probably a bit more than halfway done, and then tried to save another 30x30 puzzle that was about halfway done. It asked me if I wanted to replace the other one or not save, so I had to give up all the progress I had made on the second one. There is no reason whatsoever that you shouldn't be able to just save all the puzzles you want that are partially complete. With those bigger puzzles especially, sometimes I get tired of staring at the same thing for so long and want to move on to something fresh before coming back to the one I had saved. Now I can't do that, because if I have one saved and start a new puzzle, I have to finish the second puzzle or all the work is wasted, That's really silly.

Overall, I'd still give it a thumbs up, but it's around a 5.5 or 6 rather than an 8-10 like I would rate this if those problems were fixed. Most of the time I don't have any problems with the way the game is designed, but when I do have a problem with it, it's a very annoying one. So buy this if you like this type of game and just want more of it. The beginning puzzles were ridiculously easy, but the later ones are a decent challenge.
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'Jake'
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Simple, yet addicting picross game. Some very interesting, well-done pixel art and unlimited replayability with workshop puzzles and random mode. Well worth the base price if you like puzzles!
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RaZoRz
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
This is the kind of puzzle game I love. Starts off easy and gets increasingly difficult. You have to keep your cool, look closely, and trust yourself.
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HongKongFuey
( 741.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Love the game
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maien
( 30.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I love a good puzzle game, and this one has kept me addicated for hours. I can't stop playing it and when I'm not playing it, I think about playing it.
It's become a problem, I might need some help.
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Tinyuna
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A simple nonogram puzzle game with loads of puzzles. Touch friendly screen friendly.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
122.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
It's Picross, innit.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Simple, yet addicting picross game. Some very interesting, well-done pixel art and unlimited replayability with workshop puzzles and random mode. Well worth the base price if you like puzzles!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
A solid Picross game. The larger pictures got quite creative, so it was fun to try and figure out from the title how the picture was going to turn out. Once I completed all the puzzles and tried using the random mode, the game still kept it's fun for a bit longer even though I had already completed the pictures by removing the color and name hints.

The only big problem I saw with the game was the two marks paintings. These were two paintings that are impossible to solve on the master difficulty without guessing a bit. The creators realized this, so they put a warning to use marks, which is the system to paint on the board without actually affecting it, so possibilities can be tried without wasting any work previously. Though a system is there to make guessing less destructive to the puzzle process, I can't condone any logic game requiring guessing for it's puzzle, that defeats the purpose.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
I have been a fan of the Picross puzzle games for almost a decade now, having completed all the Nintendo-produced titles on the DS and 3DS and even going back and playing Mario's Picross through the 3DS's Virtual Console. I love the simplicity of the format and how they can, at times, seem impossible to complete until you find that one tiny, little detail you missed and the rest of the picture comes into play.

Paint it Back is missing a couple of the smaller details that makes those Nintendo games special but it includes a ton of puzzles, has much bigger puzzles than any of the Nintendo titles, and presents all of them with a great amount of polish, from snappy menus to configurable control schemes to solid performance. This is a really freaking good Picross game on the PC. If you like Picross games then that should really be enough to convince you. If you want more detail, I have lists.

Pros:
  • The game runs well on Windows 7, 8 and 10, with no noticeable load times or crashes (so far).
  • It works with multiple controllers right out of the gate, including the Xbox One pad, which is how I played most of the time.
  • You can switch between a mouse/keyboard combo and a controller at will, even mid-puzzle, and it only takes the game a second to figure out what you're using.
  • It's very challenging in spots, even more so than the hardest puzzles in Picross DS. Some of the sets are massive, going past 30x30 in size. This is where it's great to have a big screen. My PC is connected to my 40" TV and it was so nice to play wider puzzles that took up the length of my screen, all while lying on my couch.
  • The bigger puzzles can be broken down into bite-sized pieces, making them easier to digest. Instead of doing a 20x20 puzzle, for instance, you can do four 5x5 ones. You get a different amount of ribbons (the game's way to measure progress) based on whether you tackle the whole thing at once or in parts.
  • There's enough content to last over 20 hours, at the very least, and a good variety of difficulties from easy to moderately challenging to bang-your-head-against-the-wall hard puzzles, all of which you can save and come back to later if you get too burnt out.
  • Columns and rows highlight to help you navigate, which doesn't really matter until you get to the latter puzzles, going past 25x25 or so, but when you do it's super helpful.
  • It's a small download and doesn't require a ton of resources so you can play on a laptop without much of a challenge. I found it just as fun to use the arrows and the z/x button combo as the controller.
  • it's Picross on your PC. That, in and of itself, is an amazing thing. Even if the game wasn't built well I'd still be happy. Fortunately enough, it is really polished.

Cons:
  • There's no mode or option that you can toggle that'll mark when you make a mistake (at least that I could find). Meaning that if you screw up with a fill instead of an X or vice versa, you won't know it until later when things don't add up. Most of the time I didn't mind this, since you're filling in tons of squares and a simple slip of the thumb might happen, but the option, perhaps in a different mode, would have been welcome.
  • For better or worse, not all the achievements have detailed explanations.
  • I would have liked more of the wide puzzles and less of the tall ones, since my TV is widescreen, as most monitors are, and it fits better.
  • The music gets incredibly repetitive after a couple hours.
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Puzzle Lovers delight!

In the past I've only tried this type of puzzle on paper in puzzle books, but did not get very far with them because of having to erase mistakes, but there would still be some shading left from where I erased and it got confusing. But with this game I can paint and erase with the flick of a mouse. Much easier.

For those who have never encountered this type of puzzle before I'm gonna quote from wikipedia:

"Nonograms, also known as Hanjie, Picross or Griddlers, are picture logic puzzles in which cells in a grid must be colored or left blank according to numbers at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture."

It's kind of like a binary sudoku. If you love logic puzzles, you will like this. I quickly got addicted.

How does it work:
You've got a grid of squares and you are told how many spaces are supposed to be colored in on each row and column. Use logic to choose what to color in. When you are finished it forms a picture. You only use black and white, but there is a colored painting that appears as you work on the puzzle. You don't actually have to choose colors yourself, it does it automatically.

Difficulty Settings:
There are 3 difficulty levels. The beginning puzzles are only on the easiest difficulty, but as you progress in later galleries you can choose which difficulty level you want for each painting. And even after you finish a puzzle you can redo it on another difficulty level.

The puzzles also come in different sizes. From 10x10 to 30x30 and other odd sizes. The easy difficulty splits the large puzzles into sections, so you might have to do 4 sections to complete 1 whole puzzle picture. The hardest difficulty is just one giant grid.

How many puzzles:
Puzzle paintings are organized into Galleries with themes, such as Portraits, Sports of Sorts, Animals, Home Sweet Home, etc. If forget exactly how many puzzles are in each gallery, maybe about 8-10 or so. You unlock more galleries as you complete puzzles are get the medals. You get more medals for solving on higher difficulty.

Help Tools:
If you need help there are some in-game help tools that you can activate, though you might not get a medal for solving that puzzle.

Story:
Yes, a puzzle game with a story! There is a cute little story scene in the beginning. And a small one once you complete all the puzzles once on any difficulty.

Graphics:
Cute and colorful.

Sound:
Nice effects like paint splat sounds when you mark a puzzle. The background music has several tracks that loop continously.

Interface:
I used a mouse. No problems.

Replay value:
Once you get pretty far into the puzzles you unlock Mystery mode. Where you can try to solve a random puzzle (from one of the galleries) only it does not show you the progress in the little picture and doesn't tell you the title, either. So you have to do it by logic only, no guessing! You can choose any difficulty level in Mystery mode.

Achievements!
All of the achievements are easily doable, just takes some time. There aren't any super hard achievements (so far).

A Painter is Never Satisfied with his finished product.
The developer listens to the fans and has made updates with new features based on ideas from fans. It's always nice to see a dev willing to tweek his game if the fans want something.

I can't remember how much it cost but it's well worth it. And I actually bought my copy, unlike some people who got free review copies.

That's all I can think of to say. Just about the perfect puzzle game. A little story, nice puzzles, lots of options for difficulty. Oh and there is humor as well. Some of the painting titles are puns on famous paintings or pop culture references. If you like logic puzzles, you can't go wrong with this game.
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
It might be one of the best nonogram (picross) games ever, the best on steam for sure!
Variety of puzzles, controls, amount of content, humour, everything is of highest caliber.
Excuse me, but time is short, I have some things to paint back.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
A refreshing take on Nonograms/Picross. The core gameplay is nothing new, but the presentation is just superb.

It has a lot of pictures to solve (all of them original) and some additional challenges, for example limiting your use of crosses.

The few flaws that the game had were addressed by the very responsive developer.

★★★★★★★★★☆
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
While it's hard to go wrong with a casual picross/nonogram game, this game makes a lot of decisions that I like. Puzzles are non-linear, the difficulty varies from very easy to very hard based on user choice, and there's no time restriction. While the storyline is tenuous, let's be honest, you're not buying this game for the story.

Simple game structure, but a large variety of puzzles for any skill level.

Would definitely recommend.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
This is a good nonogram puzzle game.

It has 150+ black and white nonograms, but the picture they encode are in color (upper left on the screenshots), so the shapes are not always obvious. Sizes range from 5x5 to 40x30. For the larger sizes, there are options to break them up into smaller parts to make them easier to solve, but you get less rewards. There are also rewards for not using X marks, for not making mistakes, and for being fast. Because there's a challenge mode where it will select a random puzzle of the whole set for you to do without telling you which one it is, there is limited replayability. The interface is ok.

If you like these types of puzzles, you can confidently buy this game. (There's a demo, too.)
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
its picross

do you like picross?

you'll probably like this then
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