Paint It Back takes a staple of classic puzzle books and gives it a humorous twist. An incident at an art museum wipes out all of its masterpieces just before it's about to have its grand opening. There's no time to bring in an expert. Whoever is on-hand that can fix them has to step up, and that 'whoever' is... you!

Yes, it falls to you to paint back each and every lost piece of art, square by square in a picture crossword. Luckily, you're not entirely on your own. Not only do you have the extremely helpful title of each piece to guide you, you'll also be given all of the clues you need to decide which squares should be painted and which should be left alone. Apply a little logic and paint and the museum will be ready to go in no time.

The works range from tiny 5 x 5 grids all the way up to gargantuan 40 x 36 monsters. A total of 150 puzzles are grouped into 15 different galleries, each with its own unique theme. Multiple difficulty levels allow even a learning player to tackle the larger works. With intuitive touch-to-paint controls, anyone can become a master artist with just one finger. Finished all the puzzles? Challenge the Mystery Masterpiece mode and see how far you can get with a bare minimum of clues.

Classic Puzzles: Use the clues and a bit of logical deduction to decide which squares to paint and which to leave blank!

Restore the Art: With little more than an assortment of bizarre titles to go on, you have to paint back an entire museum full of lost works!

Piles of Paintings: With 15 different themed galleries and 150 puzzles, your artistic duties won't be finished anytime soon!

Multiple Sizes: Got a few minutes to spare? Try out a 5 x 5 puzzle. Got a few hours? Grid sizes go up to 40 x 36 squares!

Mystery Masterpiece Mode: Can't decide on a puzzle? Take the Mystery Masterpiece mode for a spin and see if you can paint back a randomly-selected picture!

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Skitley bop adoodo ,

A nice return to something I needed!

I used to play this game all the time when I was real young, a nice puzzling time killer for when I’m watching a movie I don’t like or at my brother’s football game. Once it was taken off the app store, I was pretty disappointed, but now that it’s back I’m pretty happy! Especially since I got the full game back after I first bought it back then! Now I do think the membership is a bit ridiculous... I think there should be a single price for this game, like 4.99 for the whole game rather than get the membership for more games that we don’t play. Just my thoughts, the game is okay but for some reason it seems to be missing some sound effects... but it could be a purposefully made change.

Bats 715 ,

INCREDIBLY disappointed.

A good friend of mine showed this to me and I got a good bit of mileage out of it a few years back. I used to LOVE this game.
I saw an ad for this today, and decided to re-download it.
Now, the game is no longer free. You need to pay 5 dollars a month to get access this and a bunch of other games... which is a terrible business practice.
I want to play THIS game. I have no interest in other games provided in this service. If this were some new standalone game made just for this service I would have not cared. But that isn’t the case. This service turned a completely free game with optional IAP’s into a game that appears free- but costs 5 dollars a MONTH to have access to. I don’t think I would mind paying a flat fee of 5 dollars or so for access to just this game, but I don’t have that option. These developers are holding this game for ransom, a game that once costed nothing now requires 60 dollars a year to have continued access to. I’m incredibly unhappy with this turn this game has taken, and I hope it either becomes free once more, or there is an option to pay for maybe certain game for a flat fee rather than having to pay 5 dollars a month for it.

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JillD091 ,

I’m happy with what I paid for

It’s a fun little game. I bought it years ago, and when I was itching to play it again, the developer unlocked my purchase. That was really great of them. In my opinion, it’s worth throwing in a few bucks to play.

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