TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Good Sudoku’

Sudoku is a type of recreation varieties that simply… exists. It’s not the sport itself’s fault, that simply tends to occur with video games which were round for a very very long time. It’s powerful to get enthusiastic about Checkers, Chess, or Solitaire. That’s a part of what we love about developer Zach Gage’s philosophy in the direction of making video games. He usually tinkers with these tried and true recreation formulation to create one thing completely new. Within the case of Good Sudoku (Free) nonetheless, the brand new launch from Zach Gage and companion in crime Jack Schlesinger, the Sudoku itself didn’t want any tinkering. It was the expertise surrounding it that wanted a refresh, and that’s precisely what we get with Good Sudoku. It’s a Sudoku app… however good.

Among the issues you might say about Good Sudoku you might say about any app or recreation with Zach Gage’s identify on it. The design sensibilities are elegant, from the colour selections to the fonts, and tiny particulars like the usage of haptic suggestions and the smoothness of the animations and display transitions make Good Sudoku one thing that’s truly a pleasure to make use of. It is a huge folly in most Sudoku apps I’ve tried. They’re both easy to make use of however missing in options, or they’re feature-packed however too convoluted to make use of these options successfully. Each single factor in Good Sudoku has a straightforward to seek out rationalization, and good use of visible cues ensures that you would be able to all the time know what’s happening even at a look.

The precise Sudoku-solving instruments are the spotlight of Good Sudoku. Zach Gage has taken every little thing that’s tedious about fixing a Sudoku puzzle and created instruments to take all the boring busywork out of the equation so you possibly can merely sit again and concentrate on fixing the puzzle itself. Some instruments, like Focus Mode, nearly really feel such as you’re dishonest, and certainly they do make a number of the less complicated puzzles simpler to resolve. However in actuality it’s simply the sport highlighting data that was already available to you anyway, it’s simply automating the method as a substitute of getting you do the work. And when you begin moving into the extra superior issue puzzles, no quantity of fancy instruments will prevent. You’ll nonetheless want to make use of your expertise, however the instruments obtainable in Good Sudoku make it a much less arduous expertise.

It’s humorous as a result of I lately went on a Sudoku app downloading bender looking for that one true Sudoku recreation that might fulfill all my wants. It makes me really feel good that I wasn’t alone in not discovering what I used to be searching for. There are excellent Sudoku apps on the market, and there are many actually horrible ones. However nothing is as, effectively, good as Good Sudoku. This excellent mix of usability, help, and catering to a large ability stage is one thing that hasn’t actually existed but. A whole lot of Sudoku video games get one or two of these issues proper, but it surely hasn’t been till Good Sudoku arrived that I felt like I’m getting the entire package deal. Not simply that although, however I really feel like I’m studying and enhancing the extra I play due to the instruments and AI within the recreation. Good Sudoku is free to obtain and check out with a one-time IAP to unlock the premium model, so whether or not you’re an current Sudoku fan or not, it’s price taking this one for a spin.