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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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Game Vortex Nintendo DS Jul, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Game Chronicles Nintendo DS Jul 02, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Nintendo DS Sep 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GamingExcellence Nintendo DS Jul 30, 2007 8 out of 10 80 Nintendo DS Apr 20, 2007 14 out of 20 70
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo DS Jan 07, 2008 61 out of 100 61
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PSP Aug 13, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Digital Chumps Nintendo DS Mar 18, 2008 5.4 out of 10 54
IGN Nintendo DS Jun 14, 2007 5 out of 10 50 Nintendo DS Apr 26, 2007 10 out of 20 50


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