This review originally appeared within iLounge’s iOS Gems series within the compilation article, iPhone Gems: Every Sudoku Game, Reviewed. Additional details may be found in the original article.
SUDOKU ($8) by Electronic Arts is a remake of the same-named Click Wheel iPod Game, with identical features and artwork that has been reformatted to fit the iPhone/iPod touch screen. Though the transition screens and music have a wonderfully Japanese look and sound, there’s no customization a la the best other Sudoku titles we’ve seen. This one continues to offer a newspaper puzzle solver, easy mini markings for square possibilities, and an easy to understand interface.
Five levels of difficulty are included, the latter two unlockable, and an error checking mode can be turned on or off. You can also tap a button or shake the iPhone to show all of the possible options, a feature called Auto-Fill Helper. The music can be turned off, but you can’t play your iPod music during the game. Overall, this is a nice Sudoku game thanks to its Japanese theme, but Platinum Sudoku shows that you can do much better for half the price on the iPhone.