Picross S4 has been announced for Nintendo Switch, with JUPITER bringing their fourth picture puzzling game to Nintendo’s hybrid console next week on 23rd April. If you want to see what it’s all about, there’s also a demo available now on the Nintendo eShop.
The game features four returning game modes – Picross, Mega Picross, Color Picross (introduced in S3), and Clip Picross – and a new Extra puzzle mode for series veterans. Across them all, there’s 485 puzzles in total, which are sure to keep you occupied as you fill in the grid to the number hints.
The Extra puzzles are intended for veteran Picross players, with two large 30×30 puzzles included in the game, and a further three 40×30 puzzles that are unlocked if you own Picross S, Picross S2 and Picross S3.
Picross wasn’t invented by Nintendo – it’s otherwise known as a nonogram – but they did create the Picross name as a combination of ‘picture’ and ‘crossword’. Their first games appeared on the Game Boy and NES, with Jupiter finding more lasting success with licensed games for 3DS and now Switch.
There’s something that I find quite mystifying about this series though, and that’s the note “touchscreen controls unavailable” on each entry. Why does everyone seem to hate the Switch’s touchscreen? Even Nintendo seem reticent to use it in their games. Every time I send a message to another person in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the keyboard lets me tap away, but the eminently tappable UI through the rest of the message creating system isn’t. It catches me out every single time.
While you might wish for precision when placing crosses in Picross, and the button controls will let you do that, being able to play the game as though the Switch were a tablet (which it is) would be great too.
Anyway, that’s just my two cents. We should have more touchscreen support in Switch games.
Picross S4 is out next week on 23rd April for Nintendo Switch, priced at £8.99.
If you’re a Picross novice, you might prefer one of the earlier games. S3 is currently on offer for £7.19, S2 on offer for £6.47 and S for £5.75.