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Pokémon Picross
Developer(s) Jupiter
Publisher(s) Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Director(s) Tomohiro Matsui
Producer(s) Masayuki Wada
Eisuke Kasejima
Hitoshi Yamagami
Makoto Nakayama
Artist(s) Norichika Meguro
Yoshimi Nakajima
Manami Yamazaki
Composer(s) Yuka Tsujiyoko
Series Pokémon
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
  • December 2, 2015 NA
Genre(s) Puzzle game
Mode(s) Single-player

Pokémon Picross (Japanese: ポケモンピクロス Hepburn: Pokemon Pikurosu) is a freemium puzzle video game featuring Pokémon characters developed by Jupiter Corporation and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for the Nintendo 3DS. The title is part of the "Picross" nonogram series that use number-based grid puzzles to reveal pictures. It was released as a downloadable title on the Nintendo 3DS eShop worldwide in December 2015.


See also: Solution techniques of Nonograms

Pokémon Picross follows the typical format of nonogram puzzles, in which players must use numbers depicted on a grid to determine which sections to fill and not fill in. In this a game a twist is added in which, when a puzzle is completed, players are rewarded with a Pokémon based on the puzzle they cleared. These Pokémon can be set before starting a puzzle and can utilise various abilities based on their type. For example, Electric-type Pokémon can slow down the levels' timer, while Fire-types can automatically fill in certain areas of the grid in a cross-shape pattern. Each Pokémon has a cooldown period after their ability is used, and their ability may be limited to grids under a certain size, anywhere form 10x10 to 20x15 (the smallest and largest Pokémon puzzle sizes respectively).

The game's free-to-play elements revolve around items known as Picrites, which are required to perform various actions such as unlocking new areas, increasing the number of Pokémon that can be set, opening up Mega Evolution and Alt World stages, and instantly restoring the Energy gauge (the latter of which is replenished over time). In addition to purchasing them with real money, players can obtain Picrites by clearing certain objectives in each stage (such as using a particular Pokémon or beating the stage within a certain time limit), playing the Daily Challenge (which tasks players with clearing several smaller puzzles in quick succession), and unlocking certain achievements as they play. Clearing certain stage objectives also unlocks Mural Tiles, which contain individual Picross puzzles as part of a larger mural puzzle. The game also features a spending cap in which, if the player spends a certain amount of money on Picrites, they will be able to receive additional Picrites for free.

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