Game Info:

Link-a-Pix Color
Developed by: Lightwood Games
Published by: Lightwood Games
Release date: January 18, 2018
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $7.99

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

We have reviewed several titles from Lightwood Games and Link-a-Pix Color is a bit different from the rest. It’s still a grid style puzzle game, but you have to draw lines connecting the similarly colored numbers. The numbers represent the length of the line. The colored lines can be straight, but that’s not always the case.

Link-a-Pix Color

Strong Points: One hundred and twenty puzzles to solve with many of them taking over an hour to complete
Weak Points: Simple visuals and background music; experienced a glitch where one of my moves wasn’t registered and had to redo it to complete the puzzle
Moral Warnings: None!

In total, there are one hundred and twenty puzzles to solve and they come in various sizes. As expected, the smaller puzzles take minutes to complete while the largest ones took me over an hour to finish. The puzzle sizes are 10X15, 20X30, 30X45, 40X60, and 50X75.

The game will keep track of the time spent on a puzzle and will resume it if you close out of it. If you’re not happy with your time you can retry it and see if you can solve it faster. There is an error checking feature that will let you know if there are any invalid lines drawn. You can have it automatically remove the errors, but if you do that, you won’t get a gold medal on the solved puzzle. Unsolved puzzles have question marks while the finished ones show the final picture.

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

Game Score - 72%
Gameplay - 13/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 4/5
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

The visuals are pixel art styled and not the most detailed, but you can usually figure out what the final image is while you’re solving the puzzle. A few of them I didn’t get until the very end. The background music is upbeat and chiptune themed. I didn’t mind the background music, but more variety would have been nice. The swooshing sound for drawing lines was fitting.

Not surprisingly, there’s little to complain about morally in this title. The images are all family friendly and there’s nothing objectionable here.

If you like Picross styled puzzles then you’ll probably enjoy what Link-a-Pix Color has to offer. With all of the bundled in puzzles you’ll have several hours worth of entertainment. If you want to try example puzzles in your browser, you can check out Conceptis’s website.

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