Thank you for choosing Picture Cross! Here you'll find hundreds of logic puzzles in which you must use the number clues provided to uncover the picture hidden in the grid.

Selecting a puzzle

At the start of the game, after completing the brief tutorial, you'll be presented with a grid of different colored squares. Each square represents a Picture Cross puzzle. Touch a square to see information about that puzzle. You'll notice that puzzles vary in grid size and difficulty.

Once you've found a puzzle you want to play, select the ✔ button to unlock it. Unlocking puzzles costs tokens which can be earned in various ways during play.

Playing a puzzle

Each Picture Cross puzzle begins with an empty grid of squares, with a set of clue labels running along the top and left-side edges.

A clue label is a list of numbers that describes how the squares on that line of the grid should be filled in. Each number corresponds to an unbroken block of filled squares. These blocks of squares must be entered into the line in the order they're listed in the clue, with at least one blank space between each block.

However, the clue labels do not specify how many blank squares occur before, after or between each block! Solving Picture Cross puzzles involves applying logical steps to gradually discover this missing information and correctly fill in all the squares to satisfy the clues, revealing a picture.

The best way to start a Picture Cross puzzle is to check each of the clue labels in turn to find ones that can only have one valid solution.

For example, if the puzzle grid is 10x10 squares, a clue label of "10" denotes that all the squares on that line must be filled.

Similarly, a clue label of "7 2" can be filled in straight away: the clue denotes:

7 filled squares + at least 1 blank square + 2 filled squares

...for a sum total of 10. (We can deduce that there aren't any additional blank squares before, after or between the blocks as this would require more than 10 squares to fit.)

If you have deduced that a square must be blank according to the known information, you can mark it with an X by selecting the "X" button below the grid.

(You can switch back to filling squares by selecting the FILL ⬛ button again.)

To erase filled squares or Xs you've drawn on the grid, simply tap the square a second time with the same drawing mode selected. You can touch and drag to paint or erase multiple squares in one go.

Each line that is solved (or partially solved) provides new information that can help in solving the lines perpendicular to it.

The most important rule of Picture Cross is to never guess! All the information needed to solve the puzzle is in the clues. Filling in squares that you're not 100% certain can be filled based on the current information can result in errors and make the puzzle harder to solve!

For more advanced solving techniques please refer to the FAQ section: "Strategy Guide".

Or to see a playthrough of a puzzle using these techniques, please see the video below (7 mins):


Hints

If you find you're stuck on a puzzle, you can spend coins to get a hint. Tap the ❓ icon in the top left corner of the puzzle grid and you'll be prompted to select a row or column. The correct answer will then be automatically filled on that line.

Getting around

You can return to the Map View (the grid of puzzles in the current pack) at any time by tapping the gear (⚙) icon at the top right of the game screen to open the Pause Menu, then selecting the button marked "Map View 🌍". Your progress in the current puzzle will be saved.

You can select a different puzzle pack to browse by tapping the gear (⚙) icon at the top right of the game screen to open the Pause Menu, then selecting the button marked "Main Menu". Not all puzzle packs are unlocked at the start of the game - please refer to the "Puzzle Packs" FAQ for a list of puzzle packs and the conditions needed to unlock each one.

Puzzles that have been unlocked but not yet completed are marked with a pause (⏸) symbol. To resume from where you left off, tap on this icon and tap on the ✔ button when prompted to continue.