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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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Digital Entertainment News (den) Nintendo DS Jul 05, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GamersHell.com Nintendo DS Sep 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PSP Apr 20, 2007 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nintendo DS Apr 27, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game industry News (GiN) Nintendo DS 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nintendo DS Apr 20, 2007 14 out of 20 70
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Jun, 2007 6 out of 10 60
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PSP Aug 13, 2007 6 out of 10 60
JeuxVideoPC.com Nintendo DS Apr 26, 2007 10 out of 20 50
Gamekult Nintendo DS Apr 25, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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