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Solve over 1,000 puzzles in Dr. Sudoku or create several of your own Entering numbers is easy as pushing a button. You can also mark possible choices or get help with the shoulder buttons. Change the backgrounds and music to your liking, but keep in mind that visuals are minimal and it's best just to turn the sound off. Dr. Sudoku isn't flashy, but it does a great job of providing puzzle fans with plenty of brain teasing fun.
Sudoku is a mystery. You're given a grid with some numbers already filled in, and have to deduce the positions of the rest. Guessing won't get you very far, unless you're very lucky. You're going to need to put your brain to work to reduce the possibilities of which number can fit in which place until you have the puzzle licked. Dr. Soduko comes with exactly a thousand puzzles of varying difficulty, which should keep even a soduko master occupied for a while. And if you already have the skills, you can prove your mastery with the built in puzzle maker, letting you store up to ten of your own creations. The editor will check your puzzles to make sure they're correct, but doesn't tell you where you went wrong, making it something that's definitely for advanced users.
There really aren't any drawbacks to Dr. Sudoku, other than the fact that you can cheat if you want to throughout all one thousand boards. Granted you'll still need to do a ton of brainwork, but if you're the sort of person who wants to cling to virtual handholding and say you're a better gamer for it - well, I can't see you entering and winning too many competitions with that attitude! You'll probably still have a lot of friends, however. Clue-happy camper or not, this is exactly the type of game that will appeal to folks who want to try something new or add to something they're already obsessed with. Without a single platform jump, explosion or spinning coin to collect, Mastiff has quite a winner here that the big-brained gamers and (those who envy them) will absolutely love.
All in all, Dr. Sudoku is a fair to decent portable version of sudoku, albeit the game has some moderate faults in the presentation and some other annoyances here and there. If you’re a fan of sudoku, you’ll probably get your money’s worth out of this game.
If you’re looking for extra bells and whistles, you won’t find them here; Dr. Sudoku’s presentation is pretty basic and straightforward. However, if you’re a sudoku fan or interested in getting in on the puzzle craze, it’s a nice way to take plenty of puzzles with you on the road. Throw the game in your bag or leave it in your DS’s GBA slot and you can enjoy a quick puzzle while trying to kill a little time on the go.
The game of Sudoku is simple and doesn’t offer a whole lot of options in gameplay, so one game is going to be very similar to any other game. Preferences between different versions will depend on the look of the game screen and the types of options available. While Dr. Sudoku does offer tons of original puzzles, it just doesn’t look as good as Sudoku Fever.
Sudoku is sudoku, regardless of where you play it. The popular pencil-and-paper game (or pen, if you're hard like that) has gone digital a billion times over in various free flash forms, and now there's getting to be a glut of them in the portable market as well. Dr. Sudoku, however, is the first for the GBA. Since sudoku isn't going to change from one platform to the next, it all really comes down to what sort of interface and features the game has. And Dr. Sudoku has a pretty solid feature set.
I honestly don't think it's possible for a Sudoku compilation to floor GBA owners, because you're pretty much going to experience everything that you're expecting to get. Dr. Sudoku is a fine collection of puzzles that'll last you a very, very long time: a thousand predefined puzzles and an extra 20 custom challenges to create makes this title one beefy package. It's not a better option than snagging a five dollar book and a ten cent pencil, though.
That crazy, number-breathing doc brought along a lot of prescription Sudoku for this house call, and that makes Dr. Sudoku a decent option for anyone that hasn't ditched his or her GBA just yet. Even the most obsessed Sudoku fan will get weeks of enjoyment out of this game based on the sheer number of puzzles alone. Unfortunately the lackluster presentation, from the limited bare-bones graphics to the horrible music, detracts from the overall experience quite a bit. As a result, this game is not quite the definitive Sudoku video game it could've been.
What we have here is a game that knows what it has to do to succeed, and what it has to do in order to just get by. In this instance, Dr. Sudoku just gets by. For those of you that absolutely must have your Sudoku puzzles on a long road trip, the game's a better value at $20 than the books you'd find in a bookstore with 400 puzzles apiece for $10 or more. If you have a Nintendo DS, though, this game is easily passed by, and for one reason – Brain Age is the same price as Dr. Sudoku, and has far more than just Sudoku. Keep it in mind, though, if you want to use your noodle and only have a GBA to bring with you.
What it all boils down to is a $20 piece of software that has but one purpose, which is to give you a nice batch of Sudoku, and nothing more. It’s a rather nice deal, as most magazines found at the store offer not even close to half the amount at a quarter of the cost. But honestly, there’s so many other alternatives when it comes to Sudoku so it’s hard to pick just one game, but were you to choose, pick one with at least some touch screen support, as navigating with the directional pad is a very inconvienient way to play. So here’s how it works, if you happen to love this newfound craze, go ahead and pick up Dr. Sudoku if only to satisfy your needs, but once you solve all 1000 puzzles, there’s really nothing more to it.