Do You Sudoku?
Do You Sudoku? is an electronic sudoku game that mixes old style writing on paper to keep track of your solutions with an electronic interface that offers thousands of puzzles in different difficulty levels and puzzle sizes.
Design (3 out of 5)
Its clean and elegant design resembles a mix between a calculator and a scratch pad. Its curves make it easy to hold and handle, making it a very effective handheld game. The dry-wipe pen that comes with it may seem a little bulky, so it gets some getting used to before one feels ocmfortable writing down numbers on the grid card. It is nothing flashy and it even borders on being dull, which can be considered a benefit since it will put the attention of the player squarely on the game. Its design gets a rating of 3 out of 5.
User Interface (3 out of 5)
It feels like you are playing the game in the old fashioned way that involved writing down your answers on paper. In this electronic game, you write your answers on a grid card which can be wiped clean to allow reusability. The puzzles are displayed on a 14-character LCD display that spans 2 lines. It provides an efficient way to access thousands of puzzles while still enjoying a familiar way of playing the game. Its user interface may not be considered high tech, but it is comfortable enough to use and it gets an average rating of 3.
Features (4 out of 5)
It has 10,000 Sudoku puzzles with 3 levels of difficulty and 3 grid formations, providing a lot of challenges for the player. It lets players chooses the size of the puzzle (6x6, 9x9 and 12x12) and the difficulty level, giving them the chance to play in their level of expertise. If it gets too hard for the player, the game provides clues to help them out of a ditch. The game also saves unfinished puzzles in its built-in memory so players can go back to it whenever they want. Its set of features that offer endless ways of playing the game gets a good rating.
Performance (4 out of 5)
Relative to how it is designed, the game works perfectly. However, requiring the user to write down solutions on a wipe-off grid card is not really efficient, since it can easily be smudged or erased accidentally. The size of the grid card can also make it difficult for some players to write down their solutions and constantly scroll up and down the screen to navigate the puzzle, which can get annoying after a while. It requires a bit of effort to play it, but as it stands, its performance only suffers from the design and not its responsiveness. It gets a rating of 4 out of 5.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
This electronic sudoku game may not be the most flashy and high tech version of the classic game, but it gets its charm from combining game hints, puzzle saving capability and hands-on writing of solutions to give players the best of both worlds. It gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5 which is a good score.
You can purchase Do You Sudoku? online from Kids Youtube at $34.99.
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