popular newspaper puzzle is now available for take-out.
12, 2006 - Like
most classic puzzles, Go! Sudoku, is easy to learn
and can take a lifetime to master, depending on the
difficulty level. But before we get into the finer
points of the game I think it only fair to mention
that Sudoku is not only available in various newspapers
but it's also available on the net for free. The PSP
game comes with 1000 puzzles, but on the net there
are millions of puzzles. You can download more puzzles
onto the PSP's memory stick by using the PSP browser
or your own PC. Sudoku fanatics will definitely want
to get their hands on a portable version of their
favorite puzzle game but keep in mind that you can
also print out the puzzles on the net and carry a
pencil and eraser with you. It can be a lot cheaper
in the long run but it may not be as convenient.
Sudoku is not the kind of game that you're likely
to rent unless you just want to test it out and see
if it's something that you life. Once again, play
it for free on the net to see if you like it or not.
If you get hooked then you know what to do. The PSP
version is definitely the most convenient way to go.
You can play it anywhere, at anytime. If you want
to carry some pieces of paper around with you you're
going to have to lug around a flashlight for low light
areas. Don't forget that you might be chasing those
papers around the park on a windy day. And what if
you lose your pencil? There are advantages to the
PSP version but only you can determine if they are
right for you.
Sudoku is like a numbered version of a crossword puzzle.
Only numbers from 1 to 9 are used- nothing else. While
that might sound boring, it's anything but. The challenges
are very stimulating, requiring you to do a lot of
juggling in your mind while you fill in the blanks
with the exact numbers.
playfield, as we'll call it, consists of 81 individual
squares. These are divided into nine rows and nine
columns of nine squares each. The playfield is then
further divided into nine equal sections of squares
arranged in equal rows and columns of three squares.
We'll call these sections, boxes. Then entire playfield
kind of looks like a bingo card, just more symmetrical.
Are you with me so far? If not just have a look at
the graphic and that should help clarify everything.
One picture is worth a thousand puzzles.
puzzle begins with some numbers placed seemingly randomly
in a few squares. Where these numbers are placed and
how many there are will determine the difficulty of
the puzzle. In any event these numbers are not randomly
placed. They not only determine the difficulty of
the puzzle but they are also used to help solve it.
The premise is to fill each row, each column and each
box with a number from 1 to 9, with no repeats. That
means that if you already have an eight in a row,
you'll have to find another number to put there. You
don't have to add the rows and columns up. There's
no real math to the game at all. The numbers could
be icons for all that matters. It's just easier to
keep track of nine different numbers as opposed to
nine different images. There's a tutorial that will
explain everything that you need to know.
you have to do is basically use the process of elimination.
Some puzzles will flow while other will give you a
headache. There really is no simple solution but you
will come up with your own style of play and develop
some kind of formula or method. Mistakes will be made
and that's why you'll want to play the game with a
pencil if you're doing it on paper. That's another
thing you don't have to worry about with the PSP.
You just choose a square with the D pad, pick a number
by pressing the trigger button and enter it by pressing
X. There is only one correct answer (number) for each
square in the puzzle.
faster you complete the puzzle the better your score
will be. The game will tell you when you've made a
mistake and will penalize you for it. There are four
different difficulty settings that you can choose
from. You can challenge up to four players via the
wireless feature and see who can complete the puzzle
the fastest. You can share a demo version of the game
with other players that have a PSP but don't own a
copy of Go! Sudoku. In another twist you can pass
the entire PSP around to different players and have
them enter the next number. It's kind of like a poor
man's co-op mode, but it works.
Sudoku is a very basic looking game but there's no
reason to dress it up. There are some animated background
graphics and there's some ambient music but it's designed
to enhance the experience, not interfere with it.
The control system is not as immediate as it would
be on the DS touch screen but there's no other way
around it. If you're into the game, you're going to
be into it big time. It's very addicting and it's
good for your brain. You can't say that about very
Share - send your PSP owning friends up to 5 Sudoku
puzzles to try
your scores with Best Times and merge records wirelessly
with other players to see who really is kingpin
your Sudoku experience with pictures from your photo
animated 'elemental' grid backdrops covering air,
earth, water and fire
your nerve with the Time Challenge Mode
it fresh - downloadable content will include brand
new puzzle packs