Monday, May 10, 2010

Video game number one hundred and nineteen: Buko Sudoku

Video game review number one hundred and nineteen in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is"Buko Sudoku".

This is the first of two in a short series I'd like to call "Games my Grandma might have played".

When I was a kid, I used to visit my grandma's house at least a couple of times a month. Of all my relatives, my grandma was the best at spoiling me. She'd cook steak or fried chicken for my grandpa and I without fail. She stocked up the cabinets with all the "sweet" cereals I wasn't supposed to have at my house, plus enough candy to make it feel like Halloween 365 days of the year. Her house had an Atari 2600 with a whole bunch of games (!!), plus cable TV...and if that ever got boring, my Grandpa was always willing to take me fishing. Grandma's house was cool.

Whenever I was over there, my grandma would usually be working on a puzzle book of some kind. Crosswords, word searches...all that shit they make people on the Real World/Road Rules challenges (Or Survivor) do these days. She would sit on the couch with a pencil and work on a book of those things until she finished it, then she'd start a new one. I'm not sure where she got all the books, but she'd do this all day, every day. I don't think Sudoku had become mainstream back in the 80's, but if it had...I think she'd probably be a master at it. I couldn't help thinking of that when I started playing this game.

Much like solitaire, Buko Sudoku is one of those games that is probably more fun to play manually than it is in the video game universe. I have never sat down with a book of Sudoku puzzles, but I think using good old fashioned pencil and paper would be a little easier than manually clicking through the numbers in this puzzle game.

Still, Sudoku is fun, so this game is kinda fun. The graphics aren't great (they look like Nintendo DS graphics), but the numbers are big enough that you can read them, from all the way across the room if needed. That's nice. I'm not sure what else I can say about the graphics, we're talking about 9 numbers on a square, so it's not exactly 3D here.

There are different difficulty levels, ranging from 6*6 squares (appropriately made of baby blocks), all the way up to 12*12 squares....which are pretty darn hard to solve. I played several of every type (enough to get a few achievements) and then I tried to check out multiplayer. Unfortunately...there was no one online.

Overall? I'll give this a 7/10...strictly for re-playability. I can see doing one of these puzzles whenever I'm bored and don't feel like playing a shooter or something.

Achievements: Here are the few I've unlocked so far:

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