Review: Surf Shack Software Surf Shack Sudoku


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 Surf Shack Sudoku ($1) by Surf Shack Software; 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.

Review: Surf Shack Software Surf Shack Sudoku

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.


Review: Surf Shack Software Surf Shack Sudoku

As another extremely threadbare version of the game, Surf Shack Sudoku offers a black and gray grid with white numbers, simple sound effects, and two features: a hint button and a large on-screen number keyboard. You can pick between three levels of difficulty and turn off the sound effects; iPod music is the only other audio you can hear. There isn’t any pencil-marking here, one of several omissions that limits the game’s appeal in our book to demo status; randomly generated puzzles are included.


Our Rating


Company and Price

Company: Surf Shack Software


Title: Surf Shack Sudoku

Players: One

Price: $1

Compatible: iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G


Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.