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Indie Corner: Link-a-Pix Color (3DS)

Lightwood Games, who recently brought Pic-a-Pix Deluxe to the Nintendo Switch, has just released another puzzle game on the 3DS platform. As the name suggests, Link-a-Pix plays a little different than Pic-a-Pix.

Link-a-Pix Color is a linking puzzle game where you are given a grid with a set amount of cells that you need to fill in by linking together numbers of the same color. The numbers indicate how long its link must be and what color it must get connected to. For example, a cell that is colored black and displays the number ‘5’ must get linked to another black number 5 cell and the link itself must be 5 cells long. The first couple of puzzles are easy to solve and are more meant to teach you the rules of the game. But once you get the gist of it, the puzzles become noticeably more difficult. Links have to take various shapes, can’t cross each other and there are several cells with the same colors and numbers, so it can be confusing to find out which cells you to link with each other.

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The bottom screen shows you which cells have to be linked

As seen in the above image, solving a puzzle will result in the reveal of a simple picture. You can see the progress of the picture on the top screen of the 3DS, along with the timer. There’s no time limit to solve a puzzle, but there is a scoring system that evaluates your time spent on one. If you’re fast enough, you’ll be rewarded with a medal, with the best one being gold. Earning a gold medal is not that hard since the timer in Link-a-Pix is very forgiving. You can literally waste time by doing nothing and you’d still have a big chance to earn one. The only way you can fail earning a medal is by using the ‘Fix’ option, which basically fixes your links that are wrongly connected. Using this option disables the scoring system on that puzzle and thus gives you no reward, even if you solved it quickly.

Link-a-Pix Colour only comes with 120 available puzzles, which is less than half of what Pic-a-Pix Deluxe came with. These puzzles can be played in any order you wish, so if you want to solve one puzzle that’s a 10×15 grid and then move straight onto one that is 50×75, you can. The larger puzzles are obviously harder to solve, but they’re also less easy to navigate. The small 3DS screen is unable to show puzzles in its entirety, so it only displays a portion of it, which can be quite annoying. The game also doesn’t support touch-screen controls, so filling out the puzzles by constantly coloring cells one-by-one and without a clear view of your grid hurts the experience (sometimes). To be clear, the gameplay isn’t bad, but it can be a bore at times.

The larger puzzles are at times anoying due to the small 3DS screen
The larger puzzles are at times annoying due to the small 3DS screen

Conclusion
Link-a-Pix Colour is simply a puzzle game you can take or leave at your own leisure. The gameplay is easy to pick up and not all that hard to master but is nothing more than just a dime in a dozen puzzle game.

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