Pathpix

Are you ever struck with the need to connect dots? Some of you may have heard of the game Flow, where you are tasked with connecting the same color dots in a grid to complete the puzzle. Imagine if you could solve a puzzle like that, zoom out and find that a picture has been created out of all the dots you have connected. Pathpix is this game.

When you start a puzzle there is a large grid with different colored dots with numbers scattered throughout it. The numbers are the amount of tiles your path must take up on its way to its twin. For example a green 6 must have path 6 tiles long connecting it to another green 6. To make things a little harder they introduce red walls to stop you from going certain directions. As you complete these paths you can see that when you zoom out a pixel art image is being formed. This makes completing the puzzle a much more rewarding experience.

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The learning curve is quick, you start with a laughable 16×16 puzzle but after a while you will be ready to take on the most daunting of 64×64 murals. This game feels great to play. There is a point when you get good enough that your mind thinks in Pathpix; you see the numbers on the screen and connect them with the speed of a professional typist, knowing exactly where to go. It’s almost therapeutic and I’m not joking when I say that after a long session of play you will be connecting those dots in your head and could even end up dreaming about them. Talk about a game getting in your head.

Another great thing about Pathpix is that realistically you will probably never run out of puzzles to do. The first version of the game that I played was Pathpix Pro, which had a whopping 300 puzzles to complete. If you do complete all of these don’t fret as there are six other Pathpix titles, from Pathpix Zen to their holiday themed Pathpix Xmas each with a unique set of puzzles.

The Good:

  • Tons of puzzles
  • Satisfying and almost therapeutic gameplay
  • You can admire the neat pictures you made

The Bad

  • Almost all of the games cost money
  • It can get into your head

Rating

8/10

Pathpix is a satisfying puzzler, which defines its own genre of pixel art games. I would be thoroughly impressed if you could finish them all.

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