Sudomoto: Written iPhone App Review
If you are a true puzzle fan, you have almost certainly heard of the popular Japanese game of Sudoku. However, are you familiar with the latest iOS spin-off, Sudomoto? Sudomoto is a unique puzzle app from developer TomLook, available for iOS devices running 4.0 or later.
Sudomoto is first and foremost a puzzle game with multiple customizable options to keep the games interesting. Upon startup, you’ll be greeted with a slick menu, with “Go”, “?” and “Info” buttons. I would recommend tapping the “?” first and taking a look at the excellent game play help section. It’s a really well-done tutorial on how to actually play Sudomoto and is worth looking over (it’s pretty straightforward). Basically, you’ll have to fill the game boxes with the unique game pieces, avoiding having the same pieces touching to solve the puzzle (while still using all the pieces). Throw in four difficulty levels (very easy, easy, medium, and hard), and a multiple game board sizes (4×4, 6×6, 9×9) and you have some serious challenges ahead of you on Sudomoto. Bigger boards usually equal more challenging games, so be sure to start off with smaller boards that are simpler at first. I really enjoyed the game play in Sudomoto-while I’m not the biggest fan of Sudoku (I’ve only played Sudoku a few times), Sudomoto was a surprisingly nice twist on this age-old puzzle formula.
Sudomoto rocks simplistic, minimalist layout style, set on a black background. It is the perfect fit for this app and I really like how it brings out the puzzles. Browsing is a snap and shouldn’t pose any problems for even first time users. The puzzle pieces are unique and catchy, allowing for eye-catching puzzle combinations. For a closer look at the actual graphics and layout, check out this nice YouTube video from the developers here.
Sudomoto isn’t free, but at $0.99 it certainly won’t break the bank. It’s a lovely little puzzle app, with a host of customizable features, slick graphics, and a great audio selection to keep the games interesting and bring you back for more puzzle fun. I would recommend Sudmoto to both fans Sudoku and non-fans alike-it’s an entertaining, cute spinoff and handles great on the iOS.
Sudomoto iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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