Basic Logic Fill-a-Pix Light
What's better than having no new logic puzzles from Conceptis? Having plenty of new logic puzzles from Conceptis! Continuing its series of pencil and paper games transformed into browser experiences (see B&W Link-a-Pix Light and B&W Pic-a-Pix Light for more), Conceptis has just released Basic Logic Fill-a-Pix Light, a minesweeper-esque take on using numbers to create pictures on an empty grid. If you enjoyed Picma Squared, any of the Conceptis Light games, or logic puzzles in general, you'll definitely want to check this one out!
Here's the gist of how to play Fill-a-Pix. Each grid is dotted with numbers zero through nine. The digits tell you how many filled squares touch that number square. For example, if you have the number eight, eight of the squares surrounding it will need to be filled in, while one will need to be marked with an "X". By process of elimination, you'll eventually work your way across the grid, filling and marking boxes like a boss. And when you're done, a pretty picture is yours to behold!
You'll just need a mouse to play Fill-a-Pix, and laptop users won't feel too awkward with a trackpad, either. Simply point to a square, click once to fill it and twice to X it. The usual Conceptis Light puzzle bar is at the top of the screen, allowing you to check your work, save the puzzle, or just auto-solve it and call it a day. Handy features for when you have to, you know, do work or something else non-puzzle-related!
Analysis: When they aren't planted in front of a hidden object game, paper-based logic puzzles are the bread and butter for many casual gamers. From sudoku to picross, they provide a great distraction that's just the right amount of challenge, reward, and entertainment, all wrapped into a tiny little grid with a few numbers on it. Converting that to the digital realm isn't always an easy task, but as we all know, Conceptis has done it right with the Conceptis Light series. Fill-a-Pix is another fine example of this!
The only real drawback in this Conceptis release is the click control. One click fills a square, a second click marks it with an X. If you double click, however, you'll enter mass erase mode, allowing you to clear any square just by hovering the cursor over it. While this is useful in some instances, it doesn't outweigh the fact that you have to pause for a second each time you place an X. Click once to color the square, wait, click again to X it. On several occasions I accidentally erased parts of the grid because my clicking speed was too quick.
Conceptis once again provides an excellent logic puzzle game fit for pen and paper aficionados. Look at the numbers, fill in the squares, and devour the game's 30 puzzles as efficiently as you can!