Perusing Picross e: a guide to the 3DS puzzle series

There are now seven entries in Jupiter’s Picross e series. If you take your time, go through maybe an installment every two weeks, that’s over three and a half months worth of Picross. But, what makes each one special? We know that there are at least 150 different pictures in each entry, but how have they evolved through the years? We already went over Picross e7‘s additions to the series, but let’s go back and see why you can’t say “no” to these other 3DS nonogram collections.

Picross e (2013)

Picross e is Picross at its most basic. It is divided up into Easy and Normal, with puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty. The first four puzzles in a row allow you to gave one vertical and one horizontal row filled in as a hint, while the last doesn’t allow any hints. Wrong moves increase your time as a penalty, and going “over” means you won’t see the color version of the completed puzzle. The Free Mode throws away all rules, not penalizing you for errors, but doesn’t tell you when your marks are incorrect. There are 150 5×5, 10×10 and 15×15 puzzles total.

Picross e2 (2013)

Picross e2 gives us another 150 5×5, 10×10 and 15×15 puzzles in the Easy, Normal and Free Modes. The big selling point is Micross. These are five additional nonograms broken up into even smaller puzzles. These begin with players whittling down the basic outline, then zooming in to complete each smaller grid.

Picross e3 (2013)

Remember Micross? It takes a pass in Picross e3, replaced by Mega Picross. Mega Picross is a mode where you’ll occasionally have Mega Numbers. These numbers span two rows, but are connected to one another. So, a seven spanning two rows could mean three blocks on the left are filled, connected to four filled blocks on the right. Or, it could mean two are filled on the left, then four on the right, then another one on the left again. This is in addition to the standard Picross puzzles, of course. Hop into 150 more puzzles in this one.

Picross e4 (2014)

Picross e4 is the first installment to give us some bigger puzzles. In addition to the previous grids we’ve seen in the previous three games, we now have 20×15 puzzles. Though, there are no 20×15 Mega Picross puzzles. Oh, right, both Micross and Mega Picross return in this installment, satisfying people who enjoy both additional challenges. There are even rewards for return customers. Picross e4 is the first installment that gives people who have purchased Picross e, Picross e2 and Picross e3 an additional five special puzzles to play.

Picross e5 (2014)

Aside from the a new group of over 150 puzzles, Picross e5 doesn’t add anything to the series. There are standard Picross, Mega Picross and Micross nonograms to enjoy, as well as special puzzles rewarding people who picked up prior games.

Picross e6 (2013)

After an entry with no innovations, Picross e6 comes up with a few new tricks. Namely, that all of the Picross puzzles are also Mega Picross ones. You can find their solutions in either mode. That means you technically have 300 puzzles, and that isn’t even taking into account the Micross and special puzzles unlocked by previous Picross e games’ saves.

Picross e7 (2016)

As previously established, Picross e7 is an installment that does some fine-tuning. There are different control scheme options, medals showing if you completed puzzles without hints, new means of marking boxes and 20×15 Mega Picross puzzles. With its over 300 puzzles, it’s pretty much the best Picross e entry.

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