Ultimate Puzzle Games: Sudoku / Game
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- Also plays on Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS systems.
- Unlimited number of puzzles - virtually infinite number of puzzles, thanks to an internal algorithm that randomly generates puzzles.
- Four grid layouts: 9 by 9, 8 by 8, 6 by 6, and 4 by 4. Uses touch screen and stylus.
- Multiple difficulty selections, including sections for younger players. Use erasable pencil marks to help solve the puzzle.
- Built-in Sudoku Solver - manually input any puzzle from any other source and solve the puzzle.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.72 x 1.52 x 12.45 cm; 77.11 Grams
- Release date : 31 July 2007
- ASIN : B000UCMI4Y
- Item Model Number : 005031
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UNLIMITED NUMBER OF PUZZLES - VIRTUALLY INFINITE NUMBER OF PUZZLES, THANKS TO AN INTERNAL ALGORITHM THAT RANDOMLY GENERA TES MILLIONS OF PUZZLES. FOUR GRID LAYOUTS. USES TOUCH SCREEN AND STYLUS. MULTIPLE DIFFICULTY SELECTIONS, INCLUDING SECTIONS FOR YOU
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It offers also the Eight 8 x 8 or Mini 6 x 6 grid with Easy and Medium levels. Has also a Junior grid which is a 4 x 4 with an Easy level. It offers from the very basic, beginner level to the extreme hard puzzles.
If you get interrupted and cannot finish the game, YOU CAN SAVE IT if for later by pressing the START button on the DS console. A Menu opens offering a Game sub-menu with choices for Restart Puzzle, Solve Puzzle or Quit. Next is the Options sub-menu with the choices for SAVE, Reset Best Time, Music, ERROR HIGHLIGHT, Background and How to Play.
Besides this, when playing the game you have on the screen icons that allow you to pencil-in or erase candidates, erase entries, undo last move or redo last move.
I have played the Sudokus that come with the BRAIN AGE games and prefer the ones from the Ultimate Puzzle Games Sudoku Edition. The BRAIN AGE software frequently has trouble recognizing the numbers I am trying to pencil-in or enter, showing a 9 when I am trying to enter a 4, a 1 instead of a 7, and so on. It is quite annoying. With the Ultimate Puzzle Games Sudoku Edition I DON'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM, the numbers are tapped in, they are not "written" by hand.
Also, the BRAIN AGE Sudokus do not offer the different kinds of Sudoku puzzles the Ultimate Puzzles Sudoku Edition offers, nor do they have the unlimited number of puzzles this software can create.
The Ultimate Puzzle Games Sudoku Edition software is the one I prefer and I highly recommend it as the best.
What makes this game so much more fun than the sudoku in Brain Age 2 is 1) you don't have to run a gauntlet of annoying nonsense to get started with the sudoku game, 2) you can very quickly enter small numbers into a bunch of boxes by simply tapping each box in succession (once you've touched the two appropriate keys to the left of the screen) and 3) you can just as easily remove small numbers from a bunch of boxes by tapping each one (once you've touched the three appropriate keys to the left of the screen). Since you're going to need to use small numbers to solve puzzles at the Hard level, having an efficient method for adding and removing these numbers makes the game more enjoyable.
My main reservation about this game is that, as mentioned above, at least some of the Extreme puzzles seem to be impossible to solve logically. I wish I knew more about sudoku puzzle design, but it seems to me that a good sudoku puzzle must be a product of a human mind, rather than something generated by a computer. Since these puzzles are supposedly generated randomly by the software, that may account for the appearance of unsolvable puzzles at the Extreme setting.
After writing this review, I've learned a little more about solving Extreme puzzles. For one thing, I've found that even my local newspaper prints some level 4 puzzles that cannot be solved using the techniques I learned on-line. The newspaper provides a link to a web site, [...], which explains most of the techniques that I previously learned, and - when these techniques don't work - actually recommends guessing to solve more difficult puzzles! I didn't know that it was OK to guess. However, even though it's possible to solve puzzles by guessing, I don't think it's fun to play that way, so I'm sticking to the Hard difficulty setting with this game.
Incidentally, another nice feature of this game is that it allows you to enter a sudoku game you might find in a book or newspaper and solve it using the DS machine, which is easier than writing and erasing small numbers on paper.
- Has a Built in Soduku solver. If you come across a newspaper sudoku puzzle that you want the answer to, enter it here and it will solve it. However, you can't actually play the sudoku puzzle that you enntered.
- Unlimited sodoku puzzles which are generated by the program.
- This has a really ugly interface. The best I've seen for the DS is still in Brain Age and Brain Age 2. The screen is not easy to read. The software uses an ugly font that will slow you down. Some of the buttons confused my relative, an older casual gamer.
- The optional wallpapers/backgrounds are ugly and distracting.
- As mentioned earlier, the sodoku puzzles that you spend several minutes entering can't be played. The program will solve them for you but you can't play it. Why? This is bizarre. It would have been great if you could enter a sudoku puzzle from the newspaper and then take advantage of the option to alert you if you make an error. But nope, go find a pen to solve the newspaper sudoku puzzle instead.