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About the product
- For 1 player
- Popular game with 400+ puzzles selected by original creators of sudoku
- System's touch screen makes choosing or writing numbers easy
- 4 difficulty settings include practice, easy, normal, and hard
- Complete puzzles quickly to open up even more puzzles
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Sudoku Gridmaster brings the most challenging elements of the hit puzzle game to your DS! This number-based puzzle game has taken the nation by storm -- walk into any airport or train station and you're likely to see someone with a Sudoku book. Now you can challenge yoursefl to solve this collection of number puzzles. See if you can become a real Sudoku master! Earn stars to unlock new rewards and challenges
From the Manufacturer
When you fire up Sudoku Gridmaster, it doesn't take long to figure out it's a game for all players of all skills. That's why it's part of the Touch Generations brand of games.
Entering numbers for each puzzle is as simple as tapping a square on the sudoku grid and then tapping a number on the 1-9 keypad on the right side of the screen. If you'd rather write the number in, you can change to this setting which replaces the keypad with a blank area in which you can write your number.
To help move you on up to the more difficult puzzles, the game offers different highlighting tools to help you work your way around the board faster. If you tap a number in the grid twice, Sudoku Gridmaster highlights every instance of that number in the 9x9 grid. This lets you quickly recognize which 3x3 square still needs the number you tapped. A number will appear 9 times in the grid. In the easier puzzles, this feature alone will help you know out many squares quickly.
When you tap a square once, an orange highlight appears, lighting up the 3x3 square in which you're currently working and the lines that intersect the square you tapped. This feature helps a ton when your deductive reasoning skills are called upon in the medium and hard puzzles. A combination of the two highlighting features can be very helpful when you're trying to solve a real doozy.
The faster you complete a puzzle, the more stars you win. If you gain enough stars, you can take a test to win a special award and open up even more puzzles!
Players will find more than 400 puzzles, all of which were selected by the original creators of sudoku. Sudoku is the most popular puzzle game in the world right now, and Sudoku Gridmaster puts hundreds of puzzles in portable form. To satisfy novices and sudoku experts alike, the puzzles come in four difficulty settings: practice, easy, normal, and hard.
Top customer reviews
The only nice feature this offers over pen and paper Sudoku are 2 minimal improvements: Double clicking on a number will highlight all instances of that number on the grid. And when a number appears 9 times already on the grid (not including the jotted notes) then that number fades out and you can't input it anymore. Ready for the bad parts? Keep reading....
The interface! Here are the things I hate about it:
1. The total grid takes up about 1/2 of 1 Nintendo DS screen. The upper screen mirrors the grid on the lower screen... and at the same size. There is absolutely no function for the upper screen. All it really offers is a timer. Too bad you can't turn it off to save power.
2. The temporary numbers you use to indicate possible numbers is tiny. I'd say a 4 point font. If you're over 40 years old... save your eyesight. Now imagine that font with a dim screen (since you're using an old DS model or saving power since the upper screen is sucking it all away) ... and imagine it while moving (like in a subway or car).
3. The tiny temporary numbers don't disappear when you indicate the actual number you think fits in that cell. Each cell holds up to 4 temporary numbers. So you'll have to click on the tiny corners of the cell and manually delete them.
4. No option to be alerted if you enter the wrong number in a cell. (Brain Age has this option).
5. Lousy music. Guess this is a plus too since turning off the speaker saves battery power.
6. More bad interface.... This happened to me one time: I was resuming a saved game and made a mistake when I filled in the puzzle. I wanted to go back to where I last saved.... it's not possible except by restarting the DS. I chose to return to the main menu, hoping I could do it from there. And guess what? It didn't just delete my unsaved information but it tossed out my save too.
Would be better with random puzzle generation, as once you've beaten them all you can only better your times or reset the whole thing.
I play it all the time - it will stay in my game library!
I was spoiled because the first sudoku game I bought for DS was Brain
Age - please note that sudoku is only a part of the Brain Age software,
sort of a "bonus". Anyway, they designed it so you turn the DS 180 degrees and hold it like a book - the sudoku grid is nice and large, and
fills most of one screen. The grid navigation and number entry system are very intuitive. The only issue is there are a set number of puzzles.
I wish the designers of Brain Age would put out a dedicated sudoku game with the same interface, but one that generates new puzzles.
I'd stay away from Gridmaster. Another option is Sudoku Mania, which is better and less expensive.