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New Picross game is a story-based adventure based on anime series Overlord

Solve puzzles, recover memories

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Puzzle game series Picross is getting an unusual new spinoff called Picross: Lord of the Nazarick, which is based on the manga and anime series Overlord. Picross: Lord of the Nazarick is coming to Nintendo Switch eShop on July 25 worldwide.

Jupiter and Nintendo’s Picross series has crossed over with other properties before (Pokémon, Sanrio, Kemono Friends), but Picross: Lord of the Nazarick will be a more elaborate tie-in. Players will be able to solve picture puzzles as Ainz Ooal Gown, the protagonist of Overlord, and his nine followers as they relive memories through images. As players piece together the pixelated images of Picross puzzles, they’ll also unlock high-res images from Overlord in a gallery.

Picross: Lord of the Nazarick will feature exactly 519 puzzles spread across the game’s various modes (Picross, Mega Picross, Color Picross, and Clip Picross).

Overlord began as a series of light novels (a style of young adult books in Japan), and was later adapted into an ongoing manga and three-season anime series. Overlord tells the story of a futuristic and highly immersive massively multiplayer online game, in which its sole remaining player continues to exist inside the game even after it goes offline. The game’s NPCs begin to achieve a consciousness of their own, while the player, Momonga, who assumes the moniker Ainz Ooal Gown, maintains his guild headquarters and goes on to conquer the world.