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27 Dec, 2005

Go! Sudoku Review

PSP Review | Another PSP puzzle title?
I own a tamagotchi, have played jacks and even learnt how to use a yo-yo, in fact i'm normally one of the first people to catch onto a craze, except the Sudoku puzzles have completely passed by me. However, once I heard the game was coming to the PSP it seemed like I couldn't go a day without seeing the puzzles around, including at the video shop, in newsagents and even at a discount store. Go! Sudoku brings the game of Sudoku to the PSP, and even though Sudoku masters probably think the premise is lost without a pen, Sony are out to prove the PSP is more than capable. So is the game a Sudoku master's dream or should you stick to a pen and paper?

Whilst the Sudoku phase is fairly recent in the western world, Sudoku is actually the most popular logic puzzle in Japan. The idea behind the game is fairly simple. All you have to do is fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. There is no mathematics needed and the game encourages using reasoning to solve a puzzle, each puzzle doesn't just have one possible combination but numerous possible "correct" answers. The game may seem confusing; and it does take a little while to pick up but there is a training mode which eases the newcomers to the series into the game.

This is Sudoku: Get It?

This is Sudoku: Get It?
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Aside from trying to complete the puzzles though; the game is also a race against the clock. Each puzzle has an allotted amount of time and if you run out of time then you will lose a life; this certainly helps to add to the tension of the game. The main real difference between Sudoku on the PSP and on pen and paper is that there is no pen for the PSP. Sony have come up with a fairly basic solution to this though; the shoulder buttons cycle through the numbers and if you just make a number active then you can add it into any box and remove it from any box at any given time. This means you won't be fiddling around with an eraser to fix your mistakes. Even Sudoku masters aren't likely to complain about having to insert the numbers this way as it doesn't really affect the game.

The game includes four difficulty levels for those who like to be eased into the game slowly. The four difficulty levels include easy, medium, hard and fiendish (which sounds a little evil for our liking). The easy levels only take a few minutes to complete, but the later difficulty levels only have a few solutions which means that each puzzle can take over thirty minutes to complete. In total the game includes over 800 puzzles on the disk and Sony are releasing another 200 on yourpsp.com.au up until the end of June, 2006. This downloadable content includes 80 easy puzzles, 60 mild puzzles, 40 difficult and 20 fiendish puzzles which brings the puzzle count to 1000. The downloadable content is available now though, so we're really not sure why these extra puzzles weren't just included on the disk originally.

Pretty standard stuff here

Pretty standard stuff here
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Those who don't want to play their Sudoku alone can play Wi-Fi against three other players. This is the most appealing features of the game though because this cannot be done as easily if you just stick to pen and paper. The game includes support for gameshare as well, and you can wirelessly transmit five puzzles to your friends. This is a disappointing number though considering there are over 800 puzzles on the disk. A selection of fifty puzzles to "gameshare" would have been a bit more generous.

Technically the game isn't exactly a revolution for the PSP; nor is it meant to be. Graphically the game is fairly basic but you can customise the backgrounds to include an image from your image library. The soundtrack in the background is on a loop and isn't memorable at all, but once again the sound is really not something that you'll be thinking about whilst playing the game.

Here we are once again

Here we are once again
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Go! Sudoku is exactly the title that you would expect, whilst the game isn't likely to be a system seller it does offer some 1000 Sudoku puzzles and the multiplayer is a handy inclusion that sets this game apart from all the other Sudoku games out there; although it is disappointing that the gameshare feature is heavily under utilised. Technically we cannot fault the game though and it is just as easy to play the game on the PSP as it is with a pen and paper, so if you're after a no frills puzzle game that is sure to have you playing for hours then you really cannot go wrong with Go! Sudoku, just bear in mind that it isn't exactly a showcase of the capabilities of the PSP.
The Score
Go! Sudoku isn't the reason you purchased a PSP, but the game is available at a budget price point and there are plenty of puzzles to entertain even the hardcore Sudoku player. 7
Looking to buy this game right now? PALGN recommends www.Play-Asia.com.

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12 Comments
8 years ago
Simply looking at those screens alone makes my brain hurt.

Not my kind of game at all.
8 years ago
Heh, I actually really like Sudoku. That said, this is laughably bad value - my local newsagents sell a book of 1,000 puzzles for £3.99. And wouldn't this kind of thing be more suited to the touchscreen capabilities of the DS?
8 years ago
Lahiru wrote
Simply looking at those screens alone makes my brain hurt.

Not my kind of game at all.
not my type of game either, and i am quite surprised at what high score it got,IMO
8 years ago
Chris-Leigh wrote
Heh, I actually really like Sudoku. That said, this is laughably bad value - my local newsagents sell a book of 1,000 puzzles for £3.99. And wouldn't this kind of thing be more suited to the touchscreen capabilities of the DS?
My thoughts exactly (about the DS)

I'm sure a Sodoku DS will come about someday.
8 years ago
My brother's been into Sudoku recently, doing puzzles in the newspaper. Though in all honesty a videogame probably isnt the best way to go for this kind of puzzler.
8 years ago
As a Su(u!)doku fan, I must have done thousands of these puzzles already, and have three or four brand new books around the house somewhere; since it's fans who'd buy it, seems a terrible idea for a game.
8 years ago
Yeah, it's a fun thing too do but not for what $40? I do the one in the paper avery now and then, but if this game were available on a system I owned it'd need to be $10 or less.

I also didn't think the game would score so highly...
8 years ago
'not my type of game either, and i am quite surprised at what high score it got,IMO'

'I also didn't think the game would score so highly...'

It's a PSP review by Luke, so you should generally subtract 1.5 from the score to see what the game actually deserves.
8 years ago
That's ridiculous CL my scores are extremely fair so to make that comment is just ridiculous.

The game is obviously aimed at Sudoku fans and was reviewed with this intention, not everybody's type of game but if you're a Sudoku fan you will enjoy the game.
8 years ago
With that $40 you could buy Nintendogs, then train them to solve your Sudoku puzzles for you! icon_biggrin.gif
8 years ago
Nice review, and fair score as well. Does the game have custom soundtracks (Not even sure if the PSP supports them)? If not that would decent feature they should of added. But it's really not something I could see myself buying to play on a system like the PSP. To me it seems more like a game suited to the GBA (D-Pad, Shoulder Buttons and 'A' are all you really need).
8 years ago
Chris-Leigh wrote
It's a PSP review by Luke, so you should generally subtract 1.5 from the score to see what the game actually deserves.
That's ridiculuous to say something like that. Just because you've jumped ship, it gives you no right to make such arbitrary judgement calls.

Luke, you have absolutely no reason justify your review scores to him what so ever.
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Australian Release Date:
  Out Now
European Release Date:
  Out Now
Publisher:
  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developer:
  Liverpool Studios
Players:
  1-4
Memory Blocks:
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