"Picross" and "madness" aren't exactly terms you'd put in the same sentence too often. After all, picross is the endearingly childlike game of painting by numbers and not caring you aren't seven any more. But when such a game has 620 levels, three grid sizes and the ability to keep you entertained for hours, it transcends the realm of the casual and becomes... Picross Madness! (cue ominous music) Your job is to fill out tiles based on the number pattern next to the rows and columns, making sure there is at least one blank tile between two groups of coloured tiles. The finished picture will resemble a highly pixellated version of a familiar object, and it's always satisfying to take a step back from the grid and find that your mass of unruly tiles has formed a cute little boat. Or a lovely little house. Or a charming little skull. Because metalheads play picross too.
If you haven't played picross before, this game is the perfect way to get acquainted with it, because it has a simple 5x5 grid to get you started. More experienced players will probably find that the small grid quickly becomes too easy, but worry not, the large one will give you a headache or two. This is where the game steps in to provide you with a few handy tools: you can click and drag along a row or column to fill several tiles at once, and you can click any of the numbers on the side to turn them blue and mark them as already filled out. In the bottom right corner you can toggle between blue and black, so that you can also mark the tiles which are definitely empty. Last, but not least, all the levels are unlocked from the start, so you can be as picky as you like and leave the tough ones for later. With its hundreds of challenging levels, Picross Madness is certainly a game you can keep coming back to for a quick fix of simple, puzzly fun and a nice workout for your little grey cells.