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January 30, 2007
Go! Sudoku - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Download Size
13/4/2007SonySumo Digital84MB
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-4$TBA

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Go! Sudoku will be a PS3 launch title.
If you like to use your grey matter a bit when playing games then Go! Sudoku is likely the game for you. This is a classic pen and paper game that was released on the PSP last year, but is now being upgraded for the Playstation 3 as a downloadable title. The downloadable service is a prime target for small downloadable titles such as this and with such a strong, and classic, puzzle game its one which will have us quite interested - especially at a bargain basement price. Interested yet? You should be.

The idea behind this game is quite simple. You are presented with a three by three grid of squares each of which is further split up into nine smaller squares. Your task is to fill each large square with the numbers 1 to 9 in each of the smaller squares, but in doing so you must not have two of the same number in a larger square. In addition to that any numbers placed can not already be on the same row or column across the entire board. To create the numerous puzzles some numbers are pre-placed in the grid to assist you in completing the grids. It may sound confusing, but it's not.

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That's a complete line!
Go! Sudoku offers four difficulty levels from easy to fiendish puzzle intensities. Each level accommodates single and multiplayer challenges along with numerous twists on the classic game which provides addictive fun! Interestingly, in America at least, the easiest level is free (and offers several hundred puzzles to complete) and as you move up in difficulty then you are to pay a couple of dollars. In all the game includes 1200 puzzles to solve - but of course we expect more packs to be released in future.

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The 4-player online mode in action.
Online modes are also going to be supported for up to 4-players a time. How will this work? Well 4-players will be able to work on the same puzzle together. The title will also include online rankings so you can see how you compare to other players.

As you can imagine the graphics in this game aren't going to win any awards, so it's quite surprising that while 1080i is supported - 1080p isn't. How much more work could it have been to implement a Progressive mode? But let's not get tied up - this game was never going to be about the graphics or audio, just the gameplay. In that department this game should be a winner. Expect this downloadable title to be available on March 23rd for the system launch.