Sudoku Gridmaster DS

Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. 60
    Sudoku Gridmaster can't even figure a creative way of using the second screen, other than duplicating the same exact grid that's interactive on the touch screen.
  2. With a fairly drab presentation and a subpar interface, Sudoku Gridmaster is a pretty weak package.
  3. 60
    The package isn't incredibly fancy, but Sudoku Gridmaster offers an easy way for the uninitiated to learn the ways of Sudoku.
  4. If you've already completed every sudoku puzzle in "Brain Age" and you just can't get enough, Gridmaster is definitely easy on the wallet. But it should be your second (or even third) choice for a portable sudoku fix.
  5. AceGamez
    70
    It's unfortunate that the handwriting recognition portion of the touch-screen controls is largely broken (thank goodness it's optional!) and the presentation is as bland as can be, featuring only three generic background color choices and music tracks each, but even so, Sudoku Gridmaster offers a ton of content and just enough addictive gameplay to make any sudoku fan smile with glee.
  6. If 400 puzzles sounds like more Sudoku than you could ever want, much less need, I highly recommend Nintendo's own "Brain Age" as a superior alternative. It includes only 100 puzzles, but the interface is significantly better, and you get all the Brain Age stuff in addition to Sudoku, which is really just a side offering in that game.
  7. 60
    There's no denying that Sudoku Gridmaster is a somewhat boring release, but its very clear in what it is and what it is attempting to accomplish, and I feel it accomplishes it quite well. I think it's a better Sudoku experience than what's included in "Brain Age", but that probably only really matters to those that are really into the puzzle.
  8. Even with a budget price, Gridmaster falls short of delivering basic expectations that sudokuholics (and even novice players) have for an electronic game of numbered crosswords.
  9. With "Brain Age" on the market already, which offers not only a large selection of puzzles, but also more variety of compelling content, there simply is nothing that makes Sudoku Gridmaster stand out as a worthwhile purchase.
  10. The game has poor touch screen recognition (as in when I write 2 the game thinks it's 8) and the presentation is drier than Death Valley.
  11. 60
    If you absolutely must have a Sudoku game for your Nintendo DS, I'd recommend buying a copy of "Brain Age," even if it only contains one hundred puzzles. Sudoku Gridmaster is a decent game, but its problems outweigh any positives it offers.
  12. Sudoku Gridmaster is, in a way, both the best and the worst sudoku videogame on the market. It provides the best straightforward, “I just want to play” game of sudoku out there, but at the same time, it’s severely lacking in the options department.
  13. This game has everything a Sudoku enthusiast could possibly want – namely, hundreds upon hundreds of puzzles ranging in difficulty from quite easy, to frustratingly difficult.
  14. It’s good, simple and highly addictive, though if you have a pen and a copy of The Times, it may be surplus to requirements.

Awards & Rankings

#51 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MerleP.
    Dec 26, 2006
    4
    Yes there are lots of puzzles, and since I completed ALL the puzzles in Brain Age, I was looking for something more. This is definitely NOT Yes there are lots of puzzles, and since I completed ALL the puzzles in Brain Age, I was looking for something more. This is definitely NOT it. The interface is poor, the handwriting does not recognize certain numbers easily, it does not have a left-handed option, and since it only uses one screen, it is hard to read. The way you enter clues is terrible, and if you have entered any, when you add the actual number, it does not automatically erase the clues. I hope Brain Age brings out another extended version. Full Review »
  2. TheDude
    Aug 19, 2006
    7
    If all you want is a solidly designed electronic Sudoku with hundreds of puzzles then Sudoku Gridmaster is the game you're looking for. If all you want is a solidly designed electronic Sudoku with hundreds of puzzles then Sudoku Gridmaster is the game you're looking for. The interface is attractively designed and intuitive, and the number entry is a snap whether you use the handwriting recognition feature or tapping your selection on a number pad (my preferred method of entry). What keeps this game in the "7" range is the lack of bells and whistles, namely, a verticle play mode would have been nice, as would the ability to enter your own puzzles, but with 400 puzzles included, the latter isn't really much of a problem. Bottom line: This is a well designed game of electronic Sudoku, but that's *all* it is; however, if that's all you want then I recommend Sudoku Gridmaster without reservation. Full Review »
  3. SteveL.
    Jul 7, 2006
    5
    I love this game.