Buku Sudoku (XBLA)


By: Contributor    On: Xbox 360
Published: Monday 9 Jun 2008 9:59 AM
 
 
 
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Sudoku doesn’t seem to be one of those games that are suited to a heavy console tied to the home. A portable version might be understandable, but it seems a bit odd to have a version available on XBLA. However, for better or for worse, Buku Sudoku is now available for download. So, what can fans of Sudoku expect?

Well, in terms of presentation, Buku Sudoku is a relatively barebones experience. While players can certainly customise backgrounds, music, and themes, there really aren’t too many ways you can tart up Sudoku.

However, Buku Sudoku allows for a variety of gameplay styles. Players can choose board sizes and whether or not they want to be able to cheat have the computer help them.

For example, you could choose to have a 6x6 board and have the computer show you a range of available choices for each square. It’s great for easing beginners into the game – although beginners might want to try the free puzzles in a daily paper first.

Buku Sudoku also offers an online multiplayer option, which is nice to have, but Sudoku is more of a solo puzzle and doesn’t really lend itself well to multiplayer. Achievements, however, will definitely push those who like the experience.

Buku Sudoku isn’t bad; it’s just that the Xbox 360 doesn’t really seem the platform for such an experience. Pricey at 800 points, Sudoku books or even the daily paper seem to be the better option for most people. Still, if you’re a Sudoku fan and you’d love to test your brain while relaxing on the couch, then you can’t go wrong with Buku Sudoku.


The Score

Buku Sudoku
"It’s not really suited to a console experience"
5.5
Average
Rating: G   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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