Picma is an excellent logic math game that presents you with sixty unique puzzles you need to solve in order to win the game. With three different game modes, nice graphics and a genuinely challenging premise, this game will definitely grab your interest and hold it to the very last level. The goal of the game is pretty easy to understand. You need to uncover the hidden image in each puzzle you're shown by using the numerical clues you're provided with. In the beginning, things start off pretty simply. As you progress though, things get more difficult. There are some incredibly difficult puzzles in this game, but they are all solvable if you have the patience to do so.
The numerical clues offered for each puzzle in Picma are pretty easy to understand but not always easy to put to good use. The number tells you there are a certain number of adjacent tiles of a single color in the given row or column. For example, a blue two means there are two blue tiles directly beside each other in the column or row attached to that blue two. The difficult lies in the fact that the number does not tell you where in the row or column those two tiles will lie. You need to use your brain to figure that part out and as you progress and the puzzles get larger, that becomes much harder to do. You are helped further though by the fact there will always be at least one empty space between groups of the same colored tiles. For example, if you have five tiles in a column and two blue twos attached to that column, you know that there will be two blue tiles, an empty space and then two more blue tiles to complete that column. For every help there is a hindrance though. While groups of the same color will have at least one space between them, groups of different colors may not. So, using the above example, if one of those blue twos was black instead, you need to gather more information because there could be an empty space but there may not be.
There really is no easy way to solve the more difficult puzzles in Picma. They all take logic and reasoning but the puzzles later in the game are much more difficult. With that said, they're all able to be solved with a little careful thinking. The best way to do well is to start out by finding the rows and columns with the largest groups of numbers. These offer the best hints and if you can complete them, they will often offer clues for the rows and columns surrounding them. Once you've correctly completed a row or column, the clues for that completed section will fade. This is a great advantage many players take for granted until they play a game that doesn't have it. It helps keep things organized and significantly minimizes confusion. Another way to avoid getting confused is to mark any cells you've discerned are empty.
There are two different options for game play in Picma. The first is supervised mode and is definitely the option you want to go with if you've never played a math game like this before or if you're having trouble really understanding the rules. In supervised mode you will be told when you've made a mistake and will have the option of paying to have those mistakes corrected for you. That option is not present in the second game play mode; free mode. In free mode, you're on your own. Free mode is great for more experienced players who are familiar with games like this one or for those who have racked up a bit of experience with this particular game and want to challenge themselves to see how well they can do without the additional help. Which game play mode you choose is entirely up to you but I would highly recommend starting with supervised and moving on to free when you're feeling up to a real challenge.
Overall, Picma is the sort of math game that is going to grab you, pull you in and not let you go. This is definitely a game you'll be coming back to over and over again. The puzzles are challenging yet easy to understand. Once you start getting into the bigger puzzles, you really need to remember to mark those empty tiles or you're going to get completely lost. The greatest thing about this game is that once you've beaten it, you can go back and play again to try to get a better score. In addition, you can feel good about getting caught up in this one because you're actually learning as you're playing. You're strengthening those all important logic skills. It just so happens, you're having a great time playing a fun game in the process. If you're looking for an addictive puzzler or an engrossing math game you absolutely need to check this one out.