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Murder By Numbers has put me in a pickle about Picross

All will be revealed.... or will it?

I've been playing a lot of Murder By Numbers this week, the new Phoenix Wright-meets-Picross murder mystery game from the folks at Mediatonic, that Alice Bee reviewed earlier in the week. In it, you play Honor Mizrahi, a former actress who ends up finding a new line of work as an amateur detective after her TV show's main writer chap winds up dead at his desk in a gruesome murder case. It's during this grisly turn of events that she meets SCOUT, a floating robot with a CRTV monitor head whose advanced scanners help her hunt down clues and evidence in the world around her. Once SCOUT's Picross-style sensors have deciphered what he's actually looking at, of course.

So I come to you with an important question today, Picross fans, because it's something that's been bothering me all week. Should you, or should you not, be able to tell what a Picross picture actually is in the moments leading up to a puzzle's completion?

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Katharine Castle: Katharine was RPS' editor-in-chief from 2021 to 2024. She first joined the team in 2017 as their hardware editor, and she continues to play pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She's very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests, but also loves strategy and turn-based tactics games and will never say no to a good Metroidvania.
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Murder By Numbers

PC, Nintendo Switch

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