Giveaway of the Day - CryptoPics

June 16, 2012

CryptoPics (also known as Nonograms or Griddlers) are logic puzzles originating in Japan, in which the aim is to reveal a hidden picture by looking at the number clues. With this fully-featured software you can play pre-made picture puzzles, randomly generated puzzles and puzzles created from image files. It includes a built-in Puzzle Editor, allowing you to draw your own CryptoPics, a unique Challenge Mode, where you can play puzzles of increasing difficulty against the clock, and a mode based on Minesweeper. Additional puzzles to play with this software are available on-line.

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; .NET 3.0 (* this is pre-installed in Win7 and Vista)
Publisher: Simplism games
File Size: 2.37 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on June 16, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.


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  1. I won’t be posting a full review today. Most of the information below was taken from the developers site. I’m fully recovered from my illness, I just need a little more time to get back into the swing of things. :) Have a great weekend folks.


    The download size is 2.37MB and once installed is 2.23Mb. The downloaded zip file unpacks to a read me that states the terms and conditions as well as a dual activation and set up file, which for those new to the game giveaway project means the game is automatically registered once the game is installed.. By default the game installs to:

    C:\Program files (x86)\World of CryptoPics\WCryptoPics.exe

    A shortcut is installed to the desktop The version we are getting today is v2.01 (GOTD). The game plays on Win XP Pro 32 bit, Vista Home Premium 64 bit, and Win 7 Pro and Ultimate 64 bit versions.


    CryptoPics (also known as Nonograms or Griddlers) are logic puzzles originating in Japan, in which the aim is to reveal a hidden picture by looking at the number clues. With this fully-featured software you can play pre-made picture puzzles, randomly generated puzzles and puzzles created from image files. It includes a built-in Puzzle Editor, allowing you to draw your own CryptoPics, a unique Challenge Mode, where you can play puzzles of increasing difficulty against the clock, and a mode based on Minesweeper. Additional puzzles to play with this software are available on-line.

    Reference accessed HERE 16th June 2012

    The Game:

    As I’ve not written a full review I suggest you read the community comments below. There have been some excellent feedback already posted from several community members. that covers information that I’ve not included in my pitiful excuse for a review. (I wouldn’t even call it a review, as apart from the conclusion, I’ve copied details and images from the developers site and re-posted my usual extras section).

    Anyway, onto a brief description of the game. CryptoPic is a puzzle based game that you play on a grid of black and white squares which form a picture, like this:

    Lists of numbers representing the number of black squares are added to each row and column. Each number represents a group of black squares so, for example, “3 2” means that on this row there is a group of 3 black squares to the left of a group of 2 black squares, with one or more white squares in between. (There must be at least one white square between the groups, or the 3 and 2 would join up to become a 5).The numbers are always in order, so “3 2” means 3 black squares to the left of 2 black squares, and “2 3” means 2 to the left of 3.
    Have a look at the following picture to familiarise yourself with this system.

    Finally, the picture is hidden, leaving you with the task of reconstructing it from the clues alone!

    You can download another 272 levels for free from the developers site and using the included level editor create and share your own levels with the community

    If you need to post any problems after the giveaway is over you can leave comments over in the forums HERE

    More Images:


    If you liked the World Riddles games we were given some months ago you’ll almost certainly like these games. They are not as graphically pleasing, but the game play offered is based on the same principle. It’s well worth a download if you like any type of puzzle game. Not really my cup of tea, (hence the lack of a full review).


    Suggestions and Help

    If you have any problems running the game please refer to the FAQ’s over in the forums. You can access the FAQ’s via the following link:

    Or as mentioned above post a comment over in the forums HERE. hopefully someone will reply with advice and or suggestions. You could also post links to any puzzles you create and upload using the levels editor and share them with the community.

    Alawar has changed it’s free game of the month to Land of Runes and Realores game this week see’s the return of Turtle Odyssey 2. Looks like Realore are doing the same as Sandlot did and cycle through a small group of games. I’ve not seen a new one in some time now. Still, if you’re new to the project, here’s your chance to get a reasonable game fro free. you do have to create a free account with Realore to be able to download the free games, which are changed every Friday and are usually available all weekend.

    Steams weekend deals include the excellent city building game Cities XL 2012; in my opinion the best city builder available at the moment (though I think the new Sim city game which is still under development may be better. There’s also a free weekend for Napoleon: Total War and if you decide you want to play after the weekend free play is finished you can get the game for 50% off (it doesn’t include the two dlc’s which would cost almost a smuch as the discounted game if you decided to purchase those as well). There’s also 66% off Counter-Strike source (£4.67). This is a useful game to have as it gives you access to some excellent free mods.. Steams 24hour deal is Worms Crazy Golf. At 75% it’s only $2.49/£1.57.

    You’ll also find loads of sale items via the didimatic site (though there are a couple more sites that list even more games but I’ve lost the links), in particular there’s 75% off Real Warfare 2: northern Crusades, 64% off the void (£2.48) no US price. There’s also 50% off Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, a superb first person shooter with several modes of play and major support from the developers. If you want to go mad there’s 92% off the complete 1C catalogue that includes 82 games (loads of Strategy, sim and vehicle based games – Kings bounty, Necrovision, Pacific Storm, Men of War, Hard Truck Apocalypse, Death to spies, A.I.M. Racing plus many more Star Wolves 3, Theatre of War, UFO Trilogy, 13th Century, Space Rangers 2, ) all for $99.99 or £79.99. That’s just over a dollar per game. Over on GameStop you can get the Far Cry bundle for only $4.99. That’s an amazing deal for two great games with expansion, you can aso get darksiders for 75% off at only $2.49, the original assassins creed for only $.99 and assassins Creed 2 for $9.99 plus other great deals.


    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.


    Whiterabbit aka Stephen


    p.s. almost forgot, a new Indie Royale bundle called The Junebug bundle is out. You can find details via the following link. At the moment there are Four games available, three of them with Steam codes, three with Desura codes and 3 DRM free versions. Escape Goat (Desura and DRM), Auditorium (Steam Desura and DRM), Noitu Love 2: Devolution (Steam, Desura and DRM) and PixelJunk Eden (Steam)

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — June 16th, 2012 at 3:02 am
  2. This is perfect timing. I stayed up after midnight playing nonograms and kenkens online. First time I have gone looking for them in the last 6 months. I have nonosweeper and play it most every day.

    A friend also loves nonograms but he lives on a Mac. It would be great to be able to point him to software that would run on OSX.

    I look forward to running this giveaway a through its paces.

    Comment by Gina — June 16th, 2012 at 3:20 am
  3. Thanks Giveaway! Some years ago, these kind of puzzles were my favorite. It’s been some time ago since the last puzzle-booklet I bought and I’ve never thought about looking for them online. So it’s a great surprise! Now I’m even wondering if there are any apps about this game…
    Thanks, have a nice (puzzling) day!

    …………………Moderator comment……………………..

    Check back to earlier this year (via the main game giveaway page and you’ll find more games of this type via the World Puzzle series.

    Comment by Lockerbie — June 16th, 2012 at 3:49 am

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