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POSTED 16/6/11


SUDOKU: THE PUZZLE GAME COLLECTION

Hudson/Konami
3DS

We knew somebody who hated Sudoku, as they didn’t like maths. Obviously they had all the brains of a crumbled-up cookie thing, for Sudoku might use numbers as puzzling conduits, but anything else works – letters, shapes, pictures of Justin Bieber. Actually that one could make us some serious coin...

Sudoku’s astoundingly popular, and its proliferation on the boring old 2D DS (two dimensions is SO last Friday) is alarming. We’ve tried many, yet still went crawling back to Dr K for our numbers-in-boxes puzzlegasmia. Ah, but not anymore.

Let’s just sort this. 3D’s absolutely superfluous here, applied to time-keeping devices, pictures of world wonders and even Crazy Harry’s Japanese sympathiser Bomberman. If you’re looking for visual ‘wowee!” then this is a ticket to Bummerville, population you. Unless changing the view by tilting the 3DS or blowing in the mic sounds cool, in which case enjoy your trip.

If, however, you’re looking for rock solid Sudoku that just works then do a happy dance. There’s no bullshit scribbling numbers only to have them misinterpreted, you just pick a box and click a number – hoo-bloody-ray, somebody got it right. You can even highlight a number to make solvingness easier through 300 puzzles ranging basically from ‘piss easy’ to ‘please kill me’ difficulty.

How much would you expect to pay? Don’t answer! You also get three extra brainteaserer types from Japanese puzznics Nikoli. Been told to build a bridge? You’ll dig Hashi. Need light in your life? Akari’s your go. Feeling somewhat square? C’mon get boxy with Shikaku! They’re all fun sideshows, and add another 300 puzzles to the deal.

The 3DS isn’t just for amazing third dimension experiences, just as a 3D TV isn’t. For puzzle nuts, this is Sudoku that rocks. Well, at least until we get Bieberdoku happening…

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