Nikoli / Hudson Soft Genre:
E (Everyone)Release Date:
June 26, 2006 Written by:
Nobody can deny that the Nintendo DS is one of the most innovative systems on the market today. Especially with the new Touch Generation line rapidly evolving and moving into place. Now, two of the most popular things in America today will clash…video games and sudoku. So, join me as I take a look at Nintendo’s newest Touch Generation game, Sudoku Gridmaster…
Now for those of you who don’t know how to play Sudoku, it’s quite simple once you get the hang of it. There is a 9-by-9 grid, and inside of that there are 9 3-by-3 grids. Now your job is to fill out each of these grids with numbers one to nine. Easy enough? Don’t get your hopes up because of one last and final rule…these numbers can’t appear more than once in any column and or grid or even in the rows. Also, for each Sudoku is a range of difficulty depending on how many numbers are pre-set. Now if there are a lot of numbers filled in, of course it will be rather easy…now if there are a few numbers filled in, it will be a bit more tricky.
The touch screen plays a vital role in the game. You will use the stylus to point and lock in on the grid you want and then write down the numbers using the stylus. However, be careful, the Nintendo DS may have some trouble interpreting different numbers from different handwritings much like we saw in Brain Age: Train your brain in minutes a day! Of course, all this can be resolved simply by using a rather nifty keypad which displays the numbers. This would be great for people who can’t write that neat just like me.
Another use of the touch screen is something you can’t do in real life Sudoku… highlighting. By simply pressing the number or grid you want twice and you then the grid and or box becomes highlighted. Also, you can use this to view entire grids sections at times. Another awesome option that looks to enhance the Sudoku gameplay.
Now if replay value is what you are worried about, worry no more. There are various modes and selections you can play as such as practice to the difficulty levels. You can also earn something called stars which are something like ranks. The more stars you have, the better you are and the higher you progress. Plus with over 400 puzzles, I don’t think the game will get old any time soon.
So, for any Sudoku fan, this is clearly the game for you. All the mechanics of the DS combine to bring you one awesome Sudoku masterpiece. So if you love puzzles, and really want a good time that’s not only fun but makes you think…Sudoku Gridmaster is for you. Plus, with a price of 20 dollars,it just gets better and better. I know I’m getting this game…what about you?
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