Picross is a fun game that started out as a pencil-and-paper logic puzzle classic, but now it’s available in a convenient app form! A Picross puzzle starts out as an empty grid with numbers running along the top and side edges. Those numbers indicate how many squares are to be filled in and how many are to be left blank for every row and column of the grid so that when you’re done, a picture is revealed.
As with Sudoku, the player uses a combination of the clues provided and a process of elimination to solve the puzzle.
The best way to learn how these puzzles work is to try one, and you’re in luck: today’s Amazon Free App of the Day is Picranium Picross, and there are a couple more free versions to try as well.
Griddlers Plus (4.5/5 stars, all ages, currently FREE)
Griddlers Plus is the best Android application to solve popular logic puzzles also known as griddlers, hanjie, nonogram or picross. The goal of griddlers is to find out the positions of black or colored blocks using number hints in the white grid. The resulting solution of the puzzle is an image.
You can find more information about griddlers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonogram.
Griddlers Plus supports 4 types of griddlers puzzle: standard (black&white), colored, triangle and multi griddlers and comes with lots of free puzzles.
– It supports standard (black&white), colored, triangle and multi griddlers.
– Advanced user interface controls for solving big and complex puzzles easily (zoom, scroll, multi cell selection, undo, redo, backup and restore solutions…).
– Hundreds of free puzzles.
Picranium Picross (3/5 stars, all ages, currently FREE as today’s Amazon Free App of the Day)
Like Picross DS, it’s a cross between Sudoku and Minesweeper. Solve number clues to fill a grid and reveal a hidden picture. Picranium is a simple concept but make no mistake, it will challenge even hardened puzzle and logic game fans. Picranium will appeal to anyone who enjoys sudoku, minesweeper, crosswords, solitaire or logic puzzles.
More of a novice? Don’t worry, with a user friendly interface and an interactive tutorial mode, you will be zooming, scrolling and filling tiles like a pro in no time. Designed from the ground-up with a no-compromise interface, Picranium is simply the best and easiest to use nonogram game on the market. Make the rightmove to complete the puzzles.
– 75 levels of increasing difficulty (min 10 hours gameplay)
– Interactive “how to play” tutorials
– Super slick controls with zooming and smooth scrolling.
– Also known as griddlers, nonogram, Hanjie, Paint by Numbers, Japanese Crossword
GraphiLogic (5/5 stars, all ages, currently FREE)
Single and multi color Nonogram or Mosaic puzzles.
The goal of the logic game is to reveal the graphic defined by a numeric grid.
Play puzzles, create new ones, and share them: draw puzzles and send them in E-mail, SMS, share them on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or generate a QR code and scan it with another device.
The game supports multiple logic puzzles:
Most of the puzzles are single or multi-color nonogram (picross) type, also known as hanjie, nonogram, griddlers, picross, pic-a-pix, picgrid or paint by numbers.
The game also supports Mosaic puzzles, also known as mosaik, Japanese mosaic, fill-a-pix, nurie or nampre.
If you like Sudoku, you will love this! 🙂