Logic Pro by Deniam is a logic-type puzzle game based on "Paint by
Numbers" created by Tetsua Nishio in the late 1980s. Later variations
of it includes the Picross series published by Nintendo for their various
consoles as well as the pencil and paper version that you can buy at stores.
The game is relatively simple. If you ever played Minesweeper on Windows,
than you should be familiar with this type of game structure. You have a
grid of boxes: 10x10, 15x15, or 20x20. Initially all the boxes are covered.
Your task is to uncover the right boxes with your handy cursor and reveal
the picture that lays underneath. Some boxes can be uncovered, some cannot.
In Minesweeper the game ends if you uncover a mine. In this game you only
loss time for each wrong box you uncover. Once the timer drops all the way
though, its game over.
So how are you suppose to know which boxes can be uncovered and which
cannot? Simple. By the numbers along the side of each column and row. Each
number or numbers tells you exactly how many boxes can be uncovered in that
given column or row.
So lets say that on a 15x15 grid, one of the rows has the number 4. That
means that of the 15 boxes within that row, 4 of them can be uncovered. The
remaining 11 cannot. Note also that the 4 represents 4 consecutive boxes in
a row. If the number in a row was 15, it means that all the boxes along that
row can be uncovered. If the number was 0, then none of the boxes can be
uncovered. In this case you would want to mark them with an X to remind
yourself not to mess with those boxes later on. Always X out the boxes that
you know cannot be uncovered.
What if there is a series of numbers within a row or column like a 3 and
a 5. This means that there are still 8 boxes within that row or column that
can be uncovered. But since the 2 numbers are separate, the group of 3 and
group of 5 are separate as well. There must be at least one box that
separates the 2 groupings. Check out the screenshots.
The game is incredible fun once you understand how to play it. Being able
to solve the entire puzzle without any mistakes is the real satisfaction of
the game. To me, I
consider it one of the best puzzle games available in MAME.
The game is easy early on but as you advance in the game, it gets pretty
tough. In fact, really tough. The puzzles get real tricky. It becomes less
obvious of what to uncover and what not. Plus you loss lots more time for
each mistake you make. It's hard and can get rather frustrating, but I still
enjoy it nevertheless.
Try it, you may like it.