iPhone App Review – Sudoku 2


I am brand new to the whole “Sudoku” experience. I have heard about it, and have made fun of people for it. But truth be told, it was because I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Until now.

I found a free sudoku game which I won’t mention, and found that the concept of the game warranted finding a better, nicer looking version in the app store. Preferably free. That desire was granted in the form of Finger Arts’ Sudoku 2.

There is a free version and a paid version, which sells for $2.99. For the extra cabbage you get zero ads, a different board look called glass, and horizontal game mode. Personally, I’m a cheap bastard. But I gotta admit that I am considering paying for the app just because I like this particular version of sudoku so much.

You don’t miss out on much with the free version. It’s not stunted, lame, or gutted by any means. It’s a solid game with no real restrictions compared to the paid version. This makes me happy, because again, I’m a cheap bastard. You still get to choose between two looks (or themes, if you will) and the ads are barely noticeable. At least to me. The default look is my favorite, as it reminds me of Scrabble letters. Only they’re numbers.

The game still records your stats, and is also tied into OpenFeint. If you’re into that sort of thing then you aren’t missing anything from either paid or free version. It tracks high scores and perfect games, meaning you completed the board with three screw ups or less. For a noob like me, it’s hard to do that. I’ve only done that 2 out of 7 tries.

Personally, I prefer to listen to my own badass music when I play this game. It’s easier to concentrate on the board if I got my Mariah Carey or Debbie Gibson playing in the background. But that’s just me. There’s also a helpful Help menu for those of you, like me, who don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

Once you’re in the game and playing, the beauty of the graphics drown out the Spice Girls anthology and envelope you in the numbers spread about the board. Filling out the missing pieces is a cinch, as is most everything else about this game. Everything is very intuitive and smooth, even for a nub like me. I found that I could easily navigate this app and figure out further tips on becoming a better sudoku player. Even if I’m no master yet, it is still really fun to play and it doesn’t hurt that it’s really nice looking, too.

Now I honestly don’t like whoring out games. Call of Atlantis impressed me so much that I wrote about it, and I gotta say that Sudoku 2 impresses me just as much. Of course, you gotta be into this kind of game to enjoy it.

The concept, for those who don’t know, is quite simple: each 3 x 3 box needs to have the numbers 1-9 in it. Every row and every column also needs to have the numbers 1-9 in it. Sounds simple enough, right? Not so fast, Johnny Fast Fingers. It’s just not as easy as it sounds. And I think that’s why I like it.

If you or someone you know digs on these kinds of games, please click on the share buttons below and let them know.

Now, back to my sudoku game and the soothing and pleasant sounds of Enigma. So suck it.

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  1. Any Sudoku players out there?

    • Adam
    • August 18th, 2010

    I use to play Sudoku. It’s fun but I bought this Sudoku-like game on my phone a while back called Ken-Ken. The concept is very similar to sudoku where you can only use 1 number on each line and row, but this is more math involved. Each set of blocks contains a number like +4 or something to that nature. And you have to figure out all the possibilities that can add up to 4 without using the same numbers in each row or column.

    For ex. +4 possibilities are 1+3 and 2+2. but you can’t use 2+2 because it violates the rules.

    It gets a lot more complicated with multiplication and division and sometimes they just give you numbers and you have to guess if its addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. The game boxes can get up to as large as 6×6 so it can get pretty interesting.

    http://www.kenken.com/tutorials/index.html
    (the image descriptions are shitty but this gives you a basic knowledge on the game.)

  2. Shut up

      • Adam
      • August 19th, 2010

      Oh well. I tried. When am I going to see you on live again?

  3. lol!

    I was on yesterday for … about 20 minutes…

    I’ll be in Austin tomorrow through Sunday, but I’ll be hanging with Katie’s family the whole time. If I get any free time I’ll let you and Ryno know.

  1. August 18th, 2010

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