This title was reviewed on Nintendo Switch, but is also available on PC.

It’s Sudoku, if you like it then buy it…

Okay so I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to write a sentence long review so I’m going to try my hardest to tell you why this game is Sudoku, and whether or not it is “good” Sudoku. Sudoku Universe was self published by Konstructors Entertainment. I’ll tell you now, the game is fun if not a little flawed in a few of the puzzles, but I’ll get to that later.

 

Art Style

Sudoku Universe is a simple game and as many simple games do, has a simple design.

As I said, Very simple.

However simple does not equal bad; soft colors serve as a backdrop to a UI that serves its purpose well, conveying all the information needed in a clean way.

 

Gameplay

For the uninitiated, here is a rundown of what Sudoku is: you have nine 3×3 grids to fill with the numbers 1-9 however each horizontal and vertical line can’t contain more than one of a number as well. So when you’re filling up the 3×3 box you have to consider all of the other squares that line up with them. The idea is that there is only one solution because of some mathematical things that i don’t have the ability to understand admittedly, but it’s a concept that coincides with a gaming term I definitely understand and that is BALANCE. For a Sudoku puzzle to be good, it has to be well balanced.

Now during my run of Sudoku Universe, I never had too many troubles. Except, for one of the puzzles where after looking online (because something didn’t feel right) I discovered that it had more than one solution. This one puzzle upset a formula and made it so you had to guess rather than following the clues the level provides. Now to Sudoku Universe‘s benefit it only happened once, so i’m willing to chalk this up to a design oversight.

 

Final Thoughts

Admittedly, this review was hard. Sudoku Universe is great, but there wasn’t a lot to say. I think that if you like Sudoku you’ll like this game, if you aren’t interested then don’t bother. Tt brings nothing new to the table but is admittedly a cozy game.

5

Pros

  • It's more Sudoku
  • A nice simple backdrop for a nice simple game

Cons

  • The puzzles aren't exactly challenging (your mileage may vary here)