Video Game / Picross
aka: Marios Picross

Picross is a Nintendo picture puzzle series. In it, the player discovers hidden pictures by filling in blocks in a grid. The numbers along the top and left side of the grid provide clues as to which blocks should be filled in.

The puzzles in this game are just like Conceptis' Pic-a-Pix puzzles, and are also called nonograms and other names.

The games in the Picross series are:

Tropes Used in Picross:

  • Allegedly Free Game: Pokémon Picross runs on this model with "Picrites", a currency that needs to be spent to do anything beyond just solving available puzzles. Picrites can be received for progressing through the game or by completing the daily challenges, not very quickly; on average it takes about a week and a half to unlock each new set of puzzles. Unlike other games, Nintendo does put a cap on how much real money you can spend (after which Picrites are free), but that cap is around $30 when each Picross-e download is only $6.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: The Alt-World in Pokémon Picross rehashes all of the puzzles into Mega Picross puzzles. Keyword is rehashes; all of the puzzles are more or less the same, just with a Mega Picross gimmick. In addition, you gain absolutely nothing from solving Mega Picross variants of puzzles.
  • Bowdlerise: The Japanese version of Mario's Picross had pictures not seen in the North American release. These mainly depicted alcoholic beverages, Japanese Youkai monsters, and on one occasion, tobacco. All of these were changed due to Nintendo of America's strict censorship policies at the time.
  • Console Cameo: Both Mario's Picross and DS include puzzles of Nintendo systems (Mario's just has one of the Game Boy, DS has a whole series of them).
  • Fake Longevity: The recent Picross-e games, Pokemon Picross and even the Twilight Princess Picross titles have had the Mega Picross puzzles be re-hashes of the normal Picross puzzles, which means basically solving the same puzzles twice for full completion. In the earlier Picross-e titles, both modes had different puzzles.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The goal of Pokémon Picross, except you do it by solving Picross puzzles.
  • Grid Puzzle: A given since the game is basically solving nonograms.
  • Mons: Used in Pokémon Picross as the game's primary gimmick. Pokémon you complete Picross of are caught and collected, and Pokémon can then be added to a team. The team supports the player by providing a variety of support abilities that make the game easier.
  • Nintendo Hard: Some of the puzzles in all games can get pretty brutal, and require more than a little guesswork to solve. It doesn't help that in Mario's Super Picross, some of the puzzles were changed for the Virtual Console version, which means that walkthroughs may not be accurate.
  • Oddball in the Series: 3D, since the execution of such puzzles in three dimensions is so different.
  • Old Save Bonus: Some of the later Picross e games unlock new puzzles or sets of puzzles if you have save data of the earlier games.
  • Play Every Day: Since DS, the 2D installments have included "Daily Picross", where once a day you're challenged to solve a series of 7x7 puzzles in the lowest time possible. In Pokémon Picross, this mode awards Picrites and is the only reliable way to farm them without paying real money.
    • Pokémon Picross also encourages frequent check-ins by having a rare Pokémon appear for a brief time every couple days, though once that Pokémon is caught its puzzle is unlocked for good.
  • Portmanteau: Picross = picture crossword.
  • Time Trial: Completing the Star course in Mario's Picross unlocks time trial mode, where you solve a random picross as quickly as possible. In this mode, you have unlimited time, but mistakes aren't revealed. In Mario's Super Picross, Wario has an entire set of puzzles like this, unlocked after you beat the first level of Mario's own set of puzzles.

Alternative Title(s): Marios Picross