Review: Shekhar Yadav Sudoku
Company: Shekhav Yadav
Compatible: iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G
On August 1, 2008, iLounge published iPhone Gems: Every Sudoku Game, Reviewed, a feature article looking at 23 different Sudoku releases for the iPhone OS. This review focuses on Sudoku ($3) by Shekhar Yadav; you can read the full article, with screenshots of all of the games together, through the link above. A collective screenshot below shows you some of the other Sudoku interfaces you can expect to find in these titles.
If you’re reading this article, you probably already know that Sudoku is a one-screen puzzle game based upon a 9-by-9 grid that’s partially filled with numbers. The objective is to fill the empty spaces of the grid with single digit numbers so that the same digit does not appear twice on any horizontal or vertical line. Additionally, the same number should not appear twice in any of nine 3-by-3 mini grids on the screen.
iLounge’s top-ranked Sudoku games are ones that offered fully-functional renditions of the game, with impressive interfaces, bonus features, user customization, and pricing as of the time we tested them. The fewer of these features a given game had, the lower it rated. While updates to these games may well be released over time, and their features may change, we couldn’t wait around forever for bad or so-so titles to catch up with ones that were already good or great.
Shekhar Yadav’s Sudoku is a pretty bad take on the game, with the worst interface (tap 9 times for 9, use no markers), four bizarrely-named difficulty levels, and five fugue-like backgrounds. The grid is extremely plain and can’t be made easier to see unless you choose a less busy background. You provide your own music, and the game has no sound effects. We’d call this worse than a demo; it’s one of few games we’ve seen that we’d give an F overall for the sheer audacity of charging for something so harsh on the eyes and brain.