Conceptis Fill-a-Pix Review
- The smart guide helps streamline the experience.
- A great feeling of accomplishment upon solving a puzzle.
- Hefty price tag for additional puzzle packs.
- Can be quite brain stumping and frustrating while looking for that elusive one move that will allow you to continue.
Fill-a-pix is a no frills logic puzzle experience that should please puzzle aficionados but might alienate casual fans.
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Earlier we reviewed Prismapix, a puzzle game where the player uses minesweeper-like clues to know what tiles are safe to uncover a picture on and which are not. That game was based on a simpler kind of logic puzzle, and that's exactly what we have here with Fill-a-pix. There's a grid full of numbers. Some are black spaces, others are not, and it's up to your ingenuity to use the clues given to you to find out which are which (and at the end you get a picture).
On starting, the control for this game seems quite cumbersome. You have to drag the red icon over to each individual square and tap to either turn it black or put a cross through it. There is a smart-fill cursor that makes everything a little easier and soon you'll wonder how you did without it. When you see a number on the board, it corresponds to how many black squares are in the three by three grid it's in the center of. What the smart-fill cursor does is if there is only one possible answer for filling the grid either with black or crosses, one touch will do the job for you. This is especially handy for the zeros and nines which should be your first port of call when tackling a puzzle (although you can turn on an option to auto-fill these at the start of a level).
Why would you want to auto-fill anything you may ask. Well some of these puzzles are huge. The first few start off small but before long you're traversing monumental canvases of numbers and white squares. The auto-fill takes some of the pressure off and also gives some good starting points when approaching these behemoths.
Each stage has one solution and one way to uncover it. Especially until the game clicks, this can lead to a lot of staring at the numbers on screen wondering what could be the next move (and of course in most cases when this happens, it's something simple). With this mind and the bare bones approach to these puzzles, this is really not for casual puzzle fans. These grids require dedication, and this will appeal to a certain kind of puzzle lover. Still, the first two packs of the game are free so it might be worth your while to give it a go and see if uncovering these pixelated images becomes engaging and addictive.
DescriptionFill-a-Pix are exciting logic puzzles that form whimsical pixel-art pictures when solved. Challenging, deductive and artistic, this original Conceptis puzzle offers the ultimate mix of logic, art and fun while providing solvers with many hours of mentally stimulating entertainment.
Each puzzle consists of a grid containing clues in various places. The object is to reveal a hidden picture by painting the squares around each clue so that the number of painted squares, including the square with the clue, matches the value of the clue.
The game features a unique fingertip cursor which enables playing large puzzle grids with ease and precision: to fill a square, move cursor to the desired location and tap anywhere on the screen. To fill multiple squares, press and hold fingertip until cursor fills the square and start dragging to neighboring squares. The game also features a powerful Smart-fill cursor for quick, single-tap filling of all remaining empty squares around a clue.
For more fun, Conceptis Fill-a-Pix includes a Weekly Bonus section providing an extra free puzzle each week.
• 42 free Fill-a-Pix puzzle samples
• 8 extra-large puzzles bonus for iPad only
• Extra bonus puzzle published free each week
• Puzzle library continuously updates with new content
• Manually created by artists, top quality puzzles
• Unique solution for each puzzle
• Grid sizes up to 50x75 (65x100 for iPad)
• Multiple difficulty levels
• Hours of intellectual challenge and fun
• Sharpens logic and improves cognitive skills
• Exclusive fingertip cursor design for solving large puzzles
• Concurrently playing and saving multiple puzzles
• Puzzle library sorting and hiding options
• Portrait and landscape screen support (iPad only)
• Enlarge, reduce, move puzzle for easy viewing
• Smart-fill cursor for faster playing
• Unlimited Undo and Redo
• Auto-fill starting clues option
• Show errors during gameplay
• Check puzzle
• Track puzzle solving times
Fill-a-Pix have also become popular under other names such as Mosaic, Mosaik, Fill-In, Nurie-Puzzle and Japanese Puzzle. Similar to Picross, Nonogram and Griddlers, the puzzles are solved and the pictures revealed using logic alone. All puzzles in this app are produced by Conceptis Ltd. - the leading supplier of logic puzzles to printed and electronic gaming media all over the world. On average, more than 20 million Conceptis puzzles are solved each day in newspapers, magazines, books and online as well as on smartphones and tablets across the world.