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GF Rating
5.8

80 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

A very serviceable sudoku

posted by heimburg (ORLANDO, FL) Jul 18, 2006

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Member since Jun 2005

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I've been looking forward to a stylus-based DS Sudoku game, and this one doesn't disappoint... too much. If you don't know how to play Sudoku yet, there's a tutorial, and some very easy (auto-cheaty) tutorial levels to guide you into it.

Using the stylus is very intuitive; you pick a square, then you pick what number to go into that square. You can also put numbers into the corners of each square. You can only write one number in each corner, though, which can sometimes be frustrating on the hard puzzles. And while you can, of course, erase numbers, there's no way to automatically erase ALL the corners at once. You have to click each corner separately and erase it, which can be a pain. But it's pretty intuitive. And a nice feature is if you tap a number, it highlights that number everywhere else it shows up on the board. This is a real time saver over the pencil and paper game!

The number of puzzles is limited. There are 80 easy, 190 medium, and 120 hard puzzles. That's not infinite, but it's plenty for a renter. And you can save a game and continue it later, which works great.

There are two cons to the game. First, the handwriting recognition feature is terrible. It defaults to being turned off, and you should just leave it that way. Fortunately you can play just fine with the intuitive click-number menus.

Second, and I really don't normally complain about this in games, but the music is really terrible! It's the worst muzak I've heard in a game. I wish that I could turn down the volume on the music without lowering the sound-effects volume, but I can't. So I end up playing with all the sound completely off. That's my biggest disappointment.

If you like Sudoku, this is a great renter. Just bring along your iPod when you play.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Really disappointing

posted by LynneR (KING OF PRUSSIA, PA) Jan 5, 2007

Member since Dec 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I got Brain Age for Christmas, and looked forward to trying Gridmaster. Boy, am I glad I rented this instead of buying it. Compared to Brain Age, this is a really lame implementation of sudoku.

Problems:

1. The moving background is distracting and annoying, it would drive someone with motion sickness nuts. There's no way to turn it off.

2. Handwriting recognition is unusable. Brain Age's recognition is terrific, don't know why this developer couldn't get it right. You have to tap to select a number instead of writing it in.

3. There's no option to be notified if you put a wrong number in a square. OK, it's a cheat, but I really hate getting to the end of a puzzle and trying to figure out where I went wrong.

4. The way they have you write notations is very poorly designed. You can only enter 4 numbers per square, and you have to tap into a different window to do notations.

The only positive note here is that they have 400 puzzles. But if it's not fun to solve the puzzles...

Hey Nintendo....how about packaging a "Brain Age Sudoku" game, with BA's sudoku interface and a lot more puzzles?

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Great Brain Exercise

posted by darussell (HAMDEN, CT) Aug 21, 2006

Member since Aug 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is by far, one of the better games for the DS. If you have played the Sudoku part of Train Your Brain, you will love this. Number pad allows for easy number selection. You can also place up to 4 test numbers in a box as you work through the puzzles. If your a Sudoku fan then you have to play this game.

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