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Thursday, July 17, 2008

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iPhone Sudoku Shootout
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted another review article examining some of the many new titles available for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. This time the Game Room offers an overview of three sudoku titles: Hudson Entertainment's Sudoku Volume 1, Freeverse's Big Bang Sudoku, and EA's Sudoku. The puzzle titles received scores of 4, 3.5, and 4 mice, respectively.

If you’re a fan of Sudoku, which do you buy? Unfortunately, the current state of the App Store doesn’t allow for demo versions of software, leaving you to take a wild guess based on a short description and a few screenshots. But Macworld is here to help: I tested every iPhone Sudoku app and picked out those worthy of your iPhone’s screen. (It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.)

Each of the three versions that made it through my screening process, and are covered here, satisfy the following requirements:

• Uses a standard 9-by-9-cell grid of numbers with nine square (3-by-3-cell) regions. (Some Sudoku variants break the standard 9-by-9 grid into non-square geometric areas, or use colors or images instead of numbers.)
• Includes puzzles with only a single solution.
• Provides a way to note (or “pencil in”) the possible values for each square as you solve a puzzle. (These markings are often called notations .)
• Offers good usability: easy-to-use input methods, clear controls, and readable graphics. (For example, a couple Sudoku apps that didn’t make the cut satisfied most criteria, but their methods for making notations obscured other parts of the puzzle.)
• Includes puzzles for multiple skill levels.

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Macworld's Game Room: Sudoku iPhone Review

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