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Ranked from 26 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.
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A competent Picross implementation blended with television's most calming painter. I played this game for about 40 minutes, so clearly I was engaged. The core mechanics are solid, but overall it could benefit from additional polish and personality.
+ Pixel art visuals look great and suit gameplay themes
+ Hilarious concept
+ Competent core gameplay
- Theme adherence is weak
- Music starts to grate after a few repeats
- Layered painting mechanic doesn't mix well with puzzle gameplay
The use of the theme here is pretty weak. The connection to the original show is clear, but it doesn't add to or strangely mangle the content of the show- it just takes it in a different direction.
As a picross game, I found this fairly fun. The pixel art throughout the interface is lovely, and jives nicely with the gameplay of manually decoding images pixel-by-pixel. The background music, while initially peaceful, started to grate on me after a few repeats. A slow-paced puzzle game like this would really benefit from more variety in the background music.
I have to admit, I didn't have much fun with the "revisit the puzzle in layers" mechanic- being unable to give myself a blank canvas just makes solving the next- completely different- puzzle needlessly confusing. Having the ability to reset a puzzle segment when I've screwed up would have been nice. I also felt the UI could have used more "juice" and feedback. For example, make the continue button change color or pulse when a puzzle is done, and prevent Bob from repeating the same advice on every segment.
Solve picross puzzles alongside Bob Ross, the titular host of The Joy of Painting!
Describe how your game adheres to the theme
The game is a spiritual sequel to The Joy of Painting, just in an art puzzle form. And, of course, it's another unnecessary sequel to the many Picross/color nonogram games that exist in the universe.
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