Animal Color Cross

 
Fill-in-the-grid puzzler like Picross 3-D, but far simpler.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

If this game has a message, it is one about being curious and using your brain to figure things out.

Positive role models

There are no characters to be role models, but the game itself inspires curiosity and demands logical thinking.

Ease of play

The puzzles range from very easy to very challenging. One benefit for younger players: You are allowed unlimited mistakes.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Animal Color Cross, a downloadable DSiWare game, is like a simpler version of the popular Picross 3-D. This is a puzzle game played out on a grid where kids follow rules to fill in the grid and solve the puzzle. Kids who like the concept behind Picross 3-D, but find the game too challenging should have a far easier time with Animal Color Cross.

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What's it about?

Each puzzle in ANIMAL COLOR CROSS is a grid. You are told how many squares of the grid are to be colored in for each row and column, and you must use that information to piece together the image of an animal. It would be exactly the same as the original 2-D Picross, except for the addition of color. Each puzzle here has multiple colors on its grid and that adds to the challenge and the changes the strategy a bit.

Is it any good?

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Animal Color Cross is a fun brainteaser of a puzzle game, a bit more challenging (and more interesting) than the original Picross, but not nearly as mind-melting as Picross 3-D. Solving these puzzles offers a decent mental workout, but shouldn't cause too much frustration. The biggest flaw in the game is that some of the puzzles, even once you've solved them, will still remain a mystery. Several of the animal pictures are so vague, you'll have a hard time telling what creatures they're supposed to be. So, while the art's not always great, the game is still fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different strategies used in the game. In what ways do you  use math to solve these puzzles? Can you apply those same skills to your schoolwork in any way?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DSi
Price:$5.00
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Little Worlds Studio
Release date:July 5, 2010
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DSi)

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