The director of the UK government's super-secretive snooping agency GCHQ has included a puzzle with his Christmas cards this year, and the public have been invited to have a stab at solving it as well.
It was with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia that I met the first few levels of the 3DS eShop release Picross E. Bizarrely, this wasn't nostalgia for the original Mario's Picross on Game Boy, which it most closely resembles, but for those glory days of the original DS; those days when Hudson Soft and others were releasing (albeit only in Japan) a series of some of the finest, most perfectly presented puzzles ever seen in gaming form.
As I held my 3DS I felt a sense of sadness for those lost times, wondering where the new incarnations of Slitherlink, Pic Pic, Picross 3D and Illust Logic DS + Colorful Logic are. Why is this new handheld, with its slight smattering of platformers and RPGs, so bereft of that gorgeous variety?
Picross E clearly demonstrates that the machine is perfect for it - and, oh my goodness, so perfect surely for a sequel to HAL Laboratory's Picross 3D. So perhaps this is the start of a new golden age? Let's hope so, because Picross E is splendid.
Addictive portable puzzle series Picross arrives on the 3DS eShop this Thursday, Nintendo has confirmed.
Horrendously addictive Nintendo puzzle franchise Picross makes its 3DS debut in Japan next week, with the release of Picross E on the eShop.
The game, which returns to the series' classic 2D template after Picross 3D on the DS, is out on 27th July for ¥500 (£3.90), according to the game's official site.
There's no mention of a European release just yet. Nintendo wouldn't deny us this one, would it?