Pokémon Picross is a free-to-start game on the Nintendo 3DS which features Picross gameplay paired with mechanics and characters from the Pokémon franchise.
The game consists of a series of puzzles that the player completes in order to progress. Each puzzle is a grid-based canvas that needs to filled in based on numbers attached to each column and row. The player has the option to either shade the area or mark it as an X, similarly to Minesweeper. When the puzzle is complete, it reveals a pixel art rendition of a Pokémon.
Pokémon whose puzzles have been completed can be used to help solve later puzzles, via their special ability. The uses of these abilities include helping to fill in squares, correcting mistakes present on the board, and hinting the player as to possible next moves.
The game operates on an energy meter, with energy depleting every time a square is filled in. Energy can be restored by either waiting or using a currency called Picrites.
The game uses a currency called Picrites, which can be earned through daily in-game challenges or purchased using real money. Picrites let you fill your energy meter, upgrade your energy meter (increasing its maximum capacity), and unlock new areas.
What ability a Pokémon has is determined primarily by it's elemental type, as listed below. However, different Pokémon of the same type may have varying levels of ability, resulting in them having a weaker or stronger effect on the board.
|Grass||Auto Fix||Corrects a random selection of incorrectly filled-in tiles.|
|Steel||Auto Fix X||Corrects a random selection of incorrectly crossed-out tiles.|
|Water/Ice||Blue Force||Highlights squares on the board which can safely be determined.|
|Fire||Cross Reveal||Fills in a plus-shaped cross of tiles.|
|Fairy||Diamond Reveal||Fills in tiles in a diamond shape.|
|Ghost/Psychic||Freeze Time||Freezes the in-game timer.|
|Flying/Bug/Fighting||Hyper Scan||Scans the board for incorrectly marked tiles.|
|Normal||Rising Reveal||Fills in a vertical selection of tiles.|
|Dark||Scatter Reveal||Fills in random tiles on the board.|
|Rock/Ground||Slash Reveal||Fills in a horizontal selection of tiles.|
|Electric||Slow Time||Slows the in-game timer, as well as the countdown timer of other Pokémon.|
|Dragon||Square Reveal||Fills in tiles in a square shape.|