Related Books & Magazines
If you'd like to solve more puzzles like the ones on this site,
this page lists some books that you can purchase from Amazon.com.
I've actually seen only a couple these books, and never
solved any puzzles from any except GWOP.
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Games World of Puzzles
GWOP is the result of a merger of Games Magazine and Games World of Puzzles.
It is published 9 times a year. It contains crossword puzzles, logic puzzles,
game reviews, and of course lots of paint-by-number puzzles. Valerie loves
their Mixed Doubles puzzles, of which there are lots, and Japanese logic
puzzles such as Hashi and Nurikabe, which show up in the magazine occasionally.
Games Magazine Presents: Paint by Number
The author of this book, Tetsuya Nishio,
was one of the two people who independently invented this kind of puzzle.
This older book, from the publishers of Games Magazine,
contains some of his puzzles, mostly relatively simple.
Tetsuya Nishio Books
Tetsuya Nishio was one of the people who invented paint-by-number puzzles
and is still a first rate puzzle designer.
He created the puzzles in the old Games book, and has lately
publishing a new book every year.
These books that have all earned good reviews, though the 2010 release
seems to be printed on inferior paper.
Don't be confused by the "Sudoku" in the title of the first book.
These are 100% paint-by-number puzzles.
The Sunday Telegraph publishes paint-by-number puzzles in their newspaper.
They originally called them "nonograms" but then changed the name to
Most are apparantly on 30x35 grids.
These are bound as regular paperback books,
which can be less than ideal for puzzle solving.
nice spiral bound puzzle books with good, challenging puzzles,
but has the annoying habit of republishing
the same puzzles in books with different titles.
The paint-by-number puzzles in
"Perplexing Pixel Puzzles"
and "Mind-Sharpening Pixel Puzzles"
were largely reprinted in the next three books.
"Brain Baffling" and "Mind-Challenging" contain other types of pencil puzzles
in addition to paint-by-number puzzles.
Note that the there are several other "Paint-doku" books,
but those are different types of picture puzzles. Apparantly Conceptis doesn't
think there is enough confusion about paint-by-number nomenclature.
The griddlers.net website has started publishing books of
puzzles created by users of their website.
These PDF's for these books can also be found on
More Paint-by-Number Books
Here are more paint by number puzzle books, calling the puzzles by various
names, like "Art Puzzles," "Hanjie" and "O'ekaki".
Self-Published Paint-by-Number Books
The following books seem to have been produced by the authors via
and sold through Amazon. If you've created a bunch of puzzles at webpbn, then
you could likely do the same, since authors retain the copyright on all puzzles
posted to webpbn. (Note, I have no personal experience with CreateSpace.)
Mixed Puzzle Books
These books contain some paint-by-number puzzles, but also other types of
Nintendo DS Games
Here's software to solve paint-by-number puzzles on your Nintendo Gameboy
In the Gameboy version puzzles were
15x15 or smaller.
The DS version has some larger puzzles, up to 20x25,
and allows you to create your own puzzles,
which can be shared with your friends.
There seems to be an emphasis on speed solving, with puzzle
solving being timed and time penalties for mistakes, but the
time limits are pretty generous.
The new 3D version seems to involve a rotatable cube made up of smaller cubes
with number clues on them. You can blast away cubes to discover a picture.
Amazon Kindle Games
These are games for Amazon's Kindle, which, frankly,
makes a better book reading device than a game playing device,
so clumsy interfaces are par for the course.
However, they are certainly cheap.
The "Japanese Puzzles" one includes other types of puzzles.