Game Info:

Link-a-Pix Deluxe
Developed by: Powgi
Published by: Lightwood Games
Released: January 2, 2020
Available on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita
Number of Players: Single player
Genre: Puzzle game
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Price: $7.99

Thank you, Lightwood Games, for sending us this game to review!

Link-a-Pix Deluxe is a title bursting with clue-linking puzzles in which every grid has a picture hidden inside. The objective is to reveal the picture by painting paths to link the clues. Connect the pair of clues that have the same number and color. These numbers show the number of grid squares that will be filled in with that color in order to reach the other number, or the length of the connection. The only clues that don’t need linking are 1s, which represent squares that are only one grid square long. These are automatically filled in when the game begins.

Draw lines and connect clues using the touch screen and double-tap to remove a line. You can use the stick to explore the puzzle and X to zoom. If you’re like me, however, preferring not to use the touch screen, you can press A to start using button controls and use the stick to move the cursor. Hold a while doing so to create a line, and press A to remove one.

Link-a-Pix Deluxe

Strong Points: Interesting and enjoyable; challenging; DLC available
Weak Points: Music is repetitive and the same as previous Powgi creations; frustrating at times; not mutiplayer
Moral Warnings: None

The difficulty comes in, however, when the fact is noted that there is only one way to link each pair correctly. Several methods are possible, but only one way is correct. How do you tell if a method is incorrect? Well, you must make sure it is possible for all of the pairs around it to be linked. Players are required to be creative enough to find new ways to link those two fives, or those two sixteens, without interfering with the connection between those nearby eights.

Link-a-Pix puzzles are always larger than the screen, even in the smallest puzzle sizes, so it is important to scroll around to find all of the clues and reveal the full picture. There are several different puzzle sizes to choose from, each measured by the number of grid squares horizontally and vertically.

It comes with five 10x15 puzzles, ten 15x23 puzzles, fifteen 20x30 puzzles, fifteen 30x45 puzzles, fifteen 40x60 puzzles, fifty 50x75 puzzles, and ten 100x65 puzzles. That adds up to one-hundred-twenty puzzles included with the game. Downloadable content is available on Nintendo eShop if you need more puzzles.

Link-a-Pix Deluxe
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 80%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 5 /5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

I completed a few puzzles of each available size, and since the game records how many minutes it takes you to finish each individual puzzle, I thought I’d take advantage of that feature to give readers a basic idea as to how the grid size relates to completion time. My best record for the 10x15 was 1:38; for the 15x23 it was 5:23; for 20x30 it was 7:48; for the 30x45 it was 29:47; for the 40x60 it was 39:26; for 50x75 it was 39:15; and for the one 100x65 I tried I spent 69:08 to finish it. Some of these scores are ones that I am not proud of, but thank goodness they incorporated this feature: You can redo any puzzle you have already completed to beat your best score.

The graphics are simple and pixelated, yet very vivid and colorful. It is fitting for the purpose of the game in my opinion, and that goes for the music in it as well. It sounds like it compliments the graphics in style and in overall quality. I recognize it from other games made by Powgi, and it is repetitive when being played during a puzzle. Other than that factor, though, I think it very well fits the style of the game and its whole purpose.

Overall, especially since there is nothing to worry about in the moral category, I would to recommend this title to anyone looking for a lovable Nintendo Switch game to occupy their time with.



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