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The interface is excellent, but the puzzles are okay
on August 20, 2011
I'll admit right off that my review is unfair. I've been a professional puzzle constructor for over 30 years. When I pay for a small collection of Hard-level sudoku, I'm expecting to see some tricky puzzles with dazzling designs. For example, this is a puzzle I made for Japan Airline (Brainbusters column).
|_1_____|_7_____|_2_____| .. These sorts of designs are hard to make, but they are
|_2_____|_3_____|_6_____| .. expected in top-level Japanese sudoku magazines.
|_3_____|_4_____|_8_____| .. With puzzlemasters like Naoki Inaba, it's a tough market.
|___4___|___9___|___7___| .. Red Hot has nothing like these. The patterns they
|___5___|___6___|___2___| .. use are very easy to construct, with lots of givens.
|___6___|___8___|___4___| .. In addition, I would rate these puzzles moderate at best.
|_____7_|_____5_|_____3_| .. However, their interface is pretty good. One of the best
|_____8_|_____2_|_____9_| .. I've seen on the Kindle for notes. Single-click, Fill.
|_____9_|_____1_|_____2_| .. Double-click, note. Works very nicely.
The boards at sudoko.com give all the tricks for become a master-level sudoku builder. The Puzzazz group should study there, or hire someone that knows all the tricks. For a truly master-level Sudoku book, try Mutant Sudoku.
Still, the interface is superb, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The puzzles are better than most offerings.