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Zendoku (Nintendo DS)

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Description

Zendoku takes the concept of the puzzle game Sudoku and adds role playing elements to it.

The game replaces the numbers 1 to 9 with nine Martial Arts symbols like a panda or a dragon but the original rules remain in place. This means the player still needs to complete a column, row or 3x3 box were every symbol is only used once. The player can test his skills either in Classic Sudoku or in Zen-Mode where he needs to solve Sudoku puzzles under the pressure of time, but the core of the game is the Quest-Mode.

At the beginning of the quest the player chooses from eight available characters. Four fight with weapons, four freehand but each one has a different quest, uses different fighting styles and has a different lucky symbol. Kingkage is for example a typical ninja. He uses the Ninjutsu-style, wants to be a legendary fighter and has the panda as his lucky symbol. Once a decision has been made. the player follows the story line of the chosen character on a 2D world map and when a fight occurs, the opponents play a round of Sudoku.

Every time one of the fighters completes a column, row or 3x3 box an attack is launched and obstacles appear on the opponents board while an attack icon travels along a rail towards the attacked. If he now correctly places his lucky symbol on the board, the attack will be reversed back his opponent. Placing a symbol incorrectly will make the player lose health and causes several cells on the opponent's grid to automatically fill in.

The game also features a multiplayer mode for two player in which they can either try to solve a puzzle together or play against each other in a battle.

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The Press Says

Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 05, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GamersHell.com Sep 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game industry News (GiN) 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Pocket Gamer UK May 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Jun 26, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Digital Chumps Mar 18, 2008 5.4 out of 10 54
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 26, 2007 10 out of 20 50
IGN Jun 14, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Gamekult Apr 25, 2007 4 out of 10 40

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Sicarius (61028) added Zendoku (Nintendo DS) on Jul 14, 2008
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