In the game's main Picross Mode players must reveal a hidden image that lies beneath the puzzle by filling in a grid with squares and crosses to complete patterns. Variety is the spice of life and Picross DS does not disappoint with a staggering 300 puzzles available to play at your leisure. These games range from the elementary five by five grids, to highly complicated twenty by twenty grids which will keep even the most hardened gamer happy. Finishing all these challenges will keep you busy for weeks. There is no need to worry if you get stuck by one of the more devious challenges as you can opt to receive clues to help finish puzzles as well as give yourself a head start with a roulette style hint function that reveals one line of the puzzle.
|Free Level 10||Solve 90 Free puzzles|
|Free Level 5||Solve 40 Free puzzles|
|Free Level 6||Solve 50 Free puzzles|
|Free Level 7||Solve 60 Free puzzles|
|Free Level 8||Solve 70 Free puzzles|
|Free Level 9||Solve 80 Free puzzles|
|Free Level Extra||Solve 150 Free puzzles; all puzzle solve times must be under an hour.|
|Normal Level 10||Solve 90 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level 5||Solve 40 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level 6||Solve 50 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level 7||Solve 60 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level 8||Solve 70 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level 9||Solve 80 Normal puzzles|
|Normal Level Extra||Solve 150 Normal puzzles; all puzzle solve times must be under an hour.|
|Today's Picross "Find" Mode||Play Today's Picross at least once a day for seven days|
|Today's Picross "Memory" mode||Play Today's Picross at least once a day for twelve days|
|Today's Picross "Not X" Mode||Play Today's Picross at least once a day for three days.|
|Today's Picross "Secret" mode||Play Today's Picross at least once a day for 20 days.|
After cycling through the full credits, if you completely cycle through them again you will hear the "coin noise" and will be rewarded with 50 coins. This can be done multiple times. (I don't believe there is a cap)
When you lose in Hi-Lo (get more than 4 off), if you quit the game, by going to the shop, starting a new minigame, or saving and quitting, before Snakey takes away your coins, you won't lose the coins you would have lost.
You can change the system date on the DS to a different time or date in order to get new items in the shop. This works well for going back to a date that you missed, or forward to a date that you cannot wait for (like Christmas).
If you play on July 27 when you log in Chit Cat will say something weird. It shows up in the same place that the stuff she says on holidays are.
Touch the Ping Pals logo exactly at midnight (00:00:00) when the chime sounds to unlock Shantae's background in the Backgrounds section of the Items Shop.
TIP: Try setting the system clock fifteen seconds before midnight to give you enough time to prepare to do this.
|Bat Treats||Play on October 31st - 400 Coins|
|Birthday (Boy)||Play on your Birthday - 5 Coins|
|Birthday (Girl)||Play on your Birthday - 5 Coins|
|Elf Skirt||Play on December 25th - 300 Coins|
|Jack Hat||Play on October 31st - 4000 Coins|
|Jolly Suit||Play on December 25th - 300 Coins|
|Merry Cap||Play on December 25th - 10 Coins|
|Snowflake||Play on March 17th - 250 Coins|
|Succubus||Play on October 31st - 321 Coins|
|Valentine (Boy)||Play on February 14th - 300 Coins|
|Valentine (Girl)||Play on February 14th - 200 Coins|
|Vessel Top||Play on February 21st - 700 Coins|