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Sudoku Gridmaster

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When you fire upSudoku 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 … see full wiki

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More work than play

  • Aug 9, 2006
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The game works like the puzzle, enter the numbers between 1 and 9 in all the squares in the grid while ensuring no one number appears in the same row or column twice. If you've played Sudoku in Brain Age, be warned that the two are different in how you use the controls.

Sudoku Gridmaster for the Nintendo DS contains over 400 puzzles ranging from easy to difficult, so fans can get plenty of 9x9-squared goodness to keep them busy for a long time. Those who've never played the puzzle or haven't gotten the hang of using a Nintendo DS will appreciate the game's detailed help and guidance. The game comes with practice mode to help you get a feel for the game and its rules.

However, using a stylus with Sudoku Brain Age is easier than with Gridmaster. The handwriting recognition doesn't work as well in Gridmaster and the controls are more tedious, whether you write them or tap them. Gridmaster does have a few tools that come in handy like double-tapping a number highlights all of the same number that appear in the grid. It also lets you highlight entire rows and columns.

Question marks float in the background, which gets annoying after a while. While you can change the background color, you can't turn off the animation. To move around the game, you can use write or touch mode although in write mode, you tap the screen to do a few tasks.

Most electronic Sudoku games erase the temp numbers upon entering a final number into the box, not this one. You have to select one of the four little boxes where the temp numbers live and then erase it.

As soon as you solve a puzzle, you earn stars based on how fast you completed the puzzle and the level of difficulty. After collecting a specific number of stars, you unlock bonus puzzles.

Puzzle and Sudoku fans might enjoy playing this -- it depends on how much patience the user has for its few usability challenges that slow down the game play. Maybe Nintendo will take note and improve its usability in a future release. Owners of other aforementioned Touch Generations games should be happy to add this one to their collection. Unlike many video games for handheld consoles, this one retails for a low $19.99.

This is one of the first game from Nintendo to get branded with the Touch Generations> label, which identifies titles that anyone can pick up and play even those with zero Gameboy experience and can be played at competitive levels or as casual fun. The logo for these games appears in orange and black with the letter G and a stylus. Touch Generations titles include Big Brain Academy, Brain Age, Magnetica, Nintendogs, Electroplankton, Tetris DS, and True Swing Golf. Nintendo is attempting to reach those who have little experience with video games and those who like puzzles and other games in this category.

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