Sudoku is a great puzzle game that originated in Japan, and since then became an internationally embraced and addicting pastime. The premise is simple: you are given a 9×9 grid with various numbers in said grids. The objective is to get each row, column, and 3×3 grid to contain all the digits through 1-9.
Belgian mobile developer Blugri has nailed the concept, and came up with a stress free version of the game for Windows Phone. They have provided 3 difficulties, statistics, great graphics, unlimited puzzles, and a really intuitive pen and pencil mode which really improves upon the experience.
What we liked:
Pencil\Pen Mode: Sudoku normally involves putting numbers in grids as placeholders, this is handled very intuitively with the pen and pencil modes. Not sure if you’re picking the right number? Switch over to pencil, and throw it in there, when you are certain it’s the right number, flip over to pen mode and stick the number in there. This adds a sense of progression, and makes you feel great when you figure out which number is actually correct.
Clean Presentation: The design of this game is very simple – there’s just you and the puzzle. Nothing fancy is trying to distract you. The placement of the available numbers on the bottom of the screen are also well thought out and placed with enough space between them to make sure you’ll never hit the wrong number on accident. We appreciate a clean design and this app delivers in that department.
Hint Button: Let’s face it, sometimes Sudoku can really leave you stumped. Fortunately enough Blugri has come up with a solution: a simple hint button. Using the hint button randomly fills in one square for you, which can really make life a lot simpler. This game also does not make you feel bad for using a hint. There are no penalties, so if you are a beginner, or just truly stumped, feel free to cheat a little.
What we didn’t like:
Tutorial: Although most people already know how to play Sudoku, we’re sure there are a handful of people out in the world that have completely missed out on it, and have no clue what makes it worthwhile. This game does come with instructions, but we feel like an animated or video tutorial, or a first time mode that really holds your hand could be more helpful, to ease new players into it.
Sudoku is a worldwide hit for a good reason, and this mobile version of the game is very well executed. If you’re looking for a great puzzle game that’s easy to play for five minutes, or something that will really get you thinking for far longer, look no further than Sudoku by Blugri.
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