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PostSubject: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyTue 1 Dec 2015 - 18:49

This Thursday, apparently! It's Pokémon, it's Picross... the only way it could be more exciting to me is if it were also somehow a 2D platformer.

Free to play, though - urk. The third FTP Pokégame this year, so it is. Anyway, thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyTue 1 Dec 2015 - 18:54

It's the first Free to Play title I've been tempted to try in a long time. I'll probably get pissed off with the business model and drop it though.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 4 Dec 2015 - 7:18

Got it! Grin It's an odd set-up, which is designed to keep the 'buy things' aspect in play: you have an energy bar which is expended playing the puzzles and can be kept up by buying extensions (using Picrites, which can be earned by completing puzzles or bought with real money) or waiting. The puzzles are grouped into worlds of about four or five at a time; the next world can only be accessed by spending Picrites. It will get to the stage where I'm spending cash on it to get on because the number of Picrites it gives out in-game is remarkably stingy.

And the tutorial is interminable... much like the real thing! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 4 Dec 2015 - 8:02

Oh God. Have they actually ruined Picross? Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 4 Dec 2015 - 8:08

From what I've heard if you upgrade the energy bar fully you can play it properly. I don't know if I can be bothered with it knowing it'll be a grind though.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 5 Dec 2015 - 6:40

I don't get the Picross altogether even the Pokemon version
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 5 Dec 2015 - 10:13

@Balladeer wrote:
Oh God.  Have they actually ruined Picross? Crying or Very sad

That's a bit strong but you will definitely have to either spend money (I have) or replay puzzles many, many times to get the Picrites needed to make proper progress. I don't begrudge spending money on Picross games but there is no simple 'unlock the whole game' option - buying together the 'right' amount of Picrites needs to be done in three separate transactions that will cost around £26.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 11 Dec 2015 - 1:20

It did seem like a lot was being thrown at me at once but I think I've got my head around it, I like the inclusion of challenges too even if there isn't much scope for variety in them.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 12 Dec 2015 - 17:33

So Pokémon Picross pulled a mean trick on me earlier. Occasionally a rare 'mon, usually a Legendary, appears and you have to catch it/solve its puzzle within the hour. I got an alert when I started playing this morning... and the monster was in an area I hadn't unlocked yet. Evil or Very Mad

Having said that, as someone on SONM rightly pointed out, the game is free-to-start rather than free-to-play. The last time I worked it out, you'd need to spend £26 to be able to unlock everything.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 12 Dec 2015 - 17:48

Being the stubborn bastard I am I'm refusing to pay due to how shit the business model is, so slowly but surely I'm building up my picrites from the daily challenge... I will beat this game...
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 12 Dec 2015 - 18:40

I look forward to your review in the Last game I finished thread in 2019, then. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyMon 14 Dec 2015 - 1:33

That seems to be the way I'm going with this now I've hit the pay wall, much much earlier than I expected to, that being said I'd sooner delete it than pay, I still have a Picross e game I haven't played so if I was gonna pay I'd rather get that.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyMon 4 Jan 2016 - 12:08

I just spent another £2-odd on this last night. Embarrassed However, it has meant that I now have a 'mon who can do Slash Reveal! Finally. Duh!
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyMon 4 Jan 2016 - 12:17

I can't quite decide between buying a third 'mon slot to mop up a few more challenges or buy the next area. It'll probably be the area for now. Guess it depends how expensive they get.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyMon 4 Jan 2016 - 13:27

I'm still stuck on the second or third level on world 1 so I gave up and haven't touched it since
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyWed 20 Jan 2016 - 20:08

I wasn't too interested in this, having bounced off Picross a couple of times in the past, but Amelia at work is addicted to it so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm having more luck than I ever have before, and playing in small bursts means the bar running out hasn't been a huge issue yet. That said, 20x15 monsters still terrify me.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 30 Jan 2016 - 10:01

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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 30 Jan 2016 - 21:33

Oooh, thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 25 Mar 2016 - 7:30

There's one zone that is still locked on my game at the moment! Dance How are all o' y'all getting on?
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 25 Mar 2016 - 12:44

Long given up, there's always something better to be playing on my 3DS, so without playing it daily I can't get anywhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyFri 25 Mar 2016 - 16:31

I didn't get very far. I'm not good at picross Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptySat 26 Mar 2016 - 0:56

I got two Pokemon in past the tutorial and gave up completely
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PostSubject: Re: Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All)   Pokémon Picross (Gotta Etch 'Em All) EmptyWed 13 Apr 2016 - 21:01

Just me? Just me. I've got the Alt-World opened and all I can say is - again - "Ruddy Mega Picross". No
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