Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. This is an addiction, not a game. As hard as you may fall for it, there are rewards for sticking with it, but the later levels will make it harder to do so.
  2. All in all, it’s a fun little game with cute graphics that ought to keep Sudoku fans happy.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    The thrill of using logical reasoning to kick someone's arse is a phenomenal experience. Single player's a good laugh, too. [May 2007, p.61]
  4. The game is as visually and acoustically appealing as Sudoku can be. The game is colourful, full of personality, and the grid is large and easy to read.
  5. Overall, Zendoku is an interesting and amusing take on a Puzzle Fighter-style game.
  6. Zendoku is worth picking up if you’ve got buds that will play with you. Fun multiplayer kinda makes up for a lackluster single player experience.
  7. Sudoku purists will be upset by a number of things in this game. All puzzles appear to be randomly generated, so there’s no way to track which ones you have or haven’t solved yet.
  8. Thanks to the game's fundamental competitive structure, in two-player mode it shines and the charming art style, which ably mimics Japanese fighting game aesthetics, lends the package character sorely missing from its DS Sudoku rivals.
  9. Neatly presented, well thought out and with plenty of modes – multiplayer is especially good - Zendoku is a fun improvement on the basic Sudoku.
  10. Puzzle fans will likely enjoy this quirky title, though others would be better off trying before buying.
  11. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A brave attempt at standing out from the sudoku crowd, but its confusing grids and random mini-games make it more frustrating than refreshing. One for multiplayer only. [May 2007, p.79]
  12. Game Informer
    If you only buy one sudoku game this year, maybe you should reconsider and buy zero. [June 2007, p.118]
  13. 50
    Perhaps it's Sudoku burn-out. But mostly it's just that a Battle version of Sudoku isn't as fun as the packaging would lead you to believe.

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#67 Most Shared DS Game of 2007

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