The thing with a good fad is that there’s no shortage of people trying to ride it. At Easter there wasn’t a single Sudoku product on the shelves, to our knowledge. Now there are three of them in a matter of weeks, with Sold Out and GSP joining Focus’s Infinite Sudoku, all for under a tenner.
Now we may be cynical, but we suspect that none of the packages mentioned has had significant development time. Focus’s certainly hasn’t, but thanks to the simplicity of the subject, they know that they can get away with quite a straightforward, no frills product and it’ll still do the job.
And that’s exactly what they’ve done. So for your tenner you get millions of puzzles to try in a limited range of differing shapes and sizes. You create a player, choose which puzzle to tackle, and then you’re away.
If you’re unaware of the phenomenon that is Sudoku, the idea is simple. It’s a puzzle that at heart presents you with a 9×9 grid that splits into nine smaller 3×3 boxes. You then have to place the numbers 1 to 9 in each column, row and grid, with only one instance of each number allowed in each. Truth be told it’s a bit of a sod, and brain-taxing in the extreme. A surprisingly addictive way to while away time, though.
Infinite Sudoku works with a simple interface whereby you click on a square and type the number you want to place in it. If the number’s already in the same grid or line, it lights up in red. You have undo options available and a timer ticking so you can clock your progress. There are also varied difficulty levels to tackle.
Further functions allow you to input puzzles from elsewhere and solve them, and you can print off Sudoku grids to tackle on the move. Plus there’s – ho ho – a panic button to hit if you want to quickly minimise the program should your boss walk by.
Functionally, Infinite Sudoku is a sound, competent piece of software. There are no frills, there’s little to look at, but it does do what it tells you it will. Frankly, if you’re half-way interested in Sudoku, then you’re unlikely to be disappointed.
We’d wager, though, that you’re equally unlikely to fall out with GSP and Sold Out’s offerings and as the latter’s is half the price of this one, you might choose to go down that route instead. As it stands, Infinite Sudoku is fundamentally fine.
Company: Focus Multimedia