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Review: Sudoku (EA Version)

Suduko is a logic-based number placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9 by 9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3 by 3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each. The puzzle setter (Based on difficulty) provides a partially completed grid. Sudoku is $7.99 in the App Store. It was produced, and developed by EA (Electronic Arts). It is the most expensive sudoku app in the app store. So, is it worth it?

Presentation

The game starts out with a little intro movie when you load it up. That’s about the only thing we get in terms of story. But, does sudoku needs a story? No, not at all. On the other hand, the menus pull off what it is trying to give, a real Japanese feeling game. From the music, to the graphics, everything is the way it is supposed to be. Overall, I can’t think of a way that the game could feel more Japanese.

Score: 10

Graphics

This game isn’t visually stunning, but it isn’t horrible. It just, does what it needs to. No more, no less. The game could have had some 3D modelling in the game, but when playing, unlike most games, no one cares about the graphics. It is a paper and pencil, converter over to the iPhone. No one expects Halo 3 graphics.

Score: 7.5

Sound

Like mentioned in the Presentation, the sound fit perfectly in the game. Though, while it matches the style of the game, it can be a little annoying to listen to while consentrating on the game. Thankfully they also have an option to just turn off the music. This is extremely helpful since: 1. I can have the effects still on, and 2. still have my ringer on (incase I forget to turn up the volume before putting the iPhone to sleep).

Score: 9

Gameplay

The game plays just like it should. It has all the features a sudoku game needs. And more importantly, it has over 10,000 puzzles. On top of that, it has a newspaper mode, which lets you fill in the numbers yourself, that are in a newspaper. This can also be used a create-your-own-sudoku grid. The only thing I can think of that the game is missing is a hand-writing recognization if I wanted to write the numbers myself. Overall, the game gives what is needed out of a sudoku game.

Score: 8.5

Value

This is an extremely expensive sudoku app. There is even a free app suduko app. This game doesn’t add much on top of normal sudoku games. But, this game does everything correctly. There aren’t really any falts with this game. $7.99 just seems a little high for sudoku.

Score: 4

Lasting Appeal

Like I said earlier, over 10,000 puzzles, and a newspaper mode will keep you playing for a long time. The idea of five separate difficulties also extend the lasting appeal. Sometimes, I want to play a short game (easy-normal mode), and other times I want a game that will last a while, and be really hard. Overall, great lasting appeal.

Score: 10

Overall

Overall, even though the price can be a hard thing to look past, the game itself is a very good game of sudoku. It isn’t god of sudoku, it’s just a well made game of sudoku. I haven’t played any of the other sudoku games released yet, but if you want a game that does everything right without any extra bonuses, buy the EA version. If you want to risk the quality (in no way am I saying the others are worse), by going with a cheaper version, this game isn’t for you. This is just a safe game to buy if you want a good sudoku.

Presentation: 10
Graphics: 7.5
Sound: 9
Gameplay: 8.5
Value: 4
Lasting Appeal: 10
Overall: 8.5

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