Social Sudoku for iPhone Review

On January 18, 2011

App Type: iPhone

Social Sudoku for iPhone Review

Our rating:

By: Crosswords Ltd

Version #: 1.13

Date Released:

Developer: By Cluemaster

Price: $1.99

User Rating:

Sudoku, the number puzzle that has becomes so popular internationally, has certainly seen plenty of representation on the iOS platform. While it can be hard to move ahead of the pack, Social Sudoku by Cluemaster seems to have quite a bit going for it. The numerical puzzler offers a mind numbing array of puzzles with six different variations that will keep you on your toes if the original sudoku isn’t challenging enough for you.

In each game you have the option to pencil in answers that will alow you to write in any of the numbers that you are thinking could fit in the box. Once you are certain you know the right number you can hit he switch to pen which will write in the large number. When clearing cells you must be in the mode that you want to clear. If you have pencil numbers still in the box when you clear a pen input, you will still have the penciled in numbers left behind. This interface can take a bit of getting use to, but once you have hte hang of it, it is easy enough.

The single player games are a good collection of sudoku puzzles and should keep you busy during your morning commutes for many months. The real gem in this app is the multiplayer feature. You can connect with another user via bluetooth and go head to head solving sudoku puzzles. When you pen in the answer into a box it shows on the opponent’s side and will lock them out from answering that. You then receive points for being first. If you choose wrong though, or are randomly picking numbers, the game will penalize you with a timeout hat will allow the other player to catch up.

Social Sudoku is certainly an interesting take on a puzzle game that is usually solo affair. Social Sudoku also gives you online leaderboards to compare with the rest of the world. It is disappointing that there isn’t an online version to play people who may not be within bluetooth range. The low bandwidth of a soduko game would be very responsive even in low reception areas. If you are a fan of sudoku and want to match wits with friends, then for $1.99 you can give Social Sudoku a try.

We rate this app 4 out of 5 stars.

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