Tutorial: creating a picross puzzle
You can make your own hanjie puzzles, they will be playable by every Picross Star players. Creating a picross puzzle is an easy and quick thing to do. Furthermore, you will gain points each time your puzzles are solved!
Drawing the puzzle
The first step of creating a picross puzzle is drawing it. As an example, we will draw the letter "A".
To create your puzzle, you just need to blacken the squares by clicking on them. The basic puzzle is a ten by ten square. If you want to add or delete one or several line / column, you need to slide to the left or to the right the matching sliders. In our example, we chose a 15 by 15 puzzle. Then we drew a capital "A".
Creating a picross puzzle from a picture
You can also create your picross puzzle from a picture (the picture must be gif, jpg or png format). You must you the dedicated form to create a picross puzzle from a picture. Just select the picture you want to use and adjust the threshold. The threshold is the limit above which a point of the picture is considered as a black square. The highest the threshold, the more black squares in the picross puzzle.
For a better result, the picture must have enough contrast and few colors. Our "A" is not quite a success. Let's create it from a picture.. And here's the result.
Saving the picross
Once your picross puzzle is done, you can save it. Just click on the link Save your picross.
Before you can confirm, you need to give a name to your picross and also some information about it.
Title and description of the picross
The title of your picross can be explicit or, on the contrary, mysterious so you play with the players' curiosity.
With our example being the letter "A", we could indicate as a title "The first letter", but we will give an explicit title.
Then you can give a description of the picross. It can describe the drawing or contain clues to help the players.
Choosing a category
The second step is the selection of a category for your picross. You can choose one among the existing categories.
If you think that none of the existing category matches you picross, you can ask the admin to create a new one. He will decide if the new category will be created or not.
Once you have entered the title and the description and drawn the picross puzzle, you just have to confirm the creation form to finalize your puzzle.
If you want to test your picross puzzle before the final confirmation, click on "test this puzzle", you will be redirected to the game page. At this step, only the author can access this page.
As soon as your puzzle is validated by an admin, your picross will be online and ready to be solved!