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Sudoku Puzzle Blast

Sudoku Puzzle Blast: Online Sudoku with a puzzle twist!
Love Sudoku? Love puzzle games? In Sudoku Puzzle Blast, you get the fun of Sudoku and spatial puzzle games in one! Play this free online Sudoku game to solve the puzzles using various puzzle pieces... but don't forget the rules of Sudoku still apply! This online Sudoku game is Sudoku like you've never seen it before!



Numbers combined: Numbers are grouped as puzzle shapes to help you play a faster game of Sudoku.


Choose your challenge: In this online puzzle game, take your pick from 7 difficulty modes to test your Sudoku expertise. Beginners can learn quickly, while experts can boost the challenge with 7 skill levels. Turn on the optional "Rotation" mode to take it to the max!


Take your time: All but the most difficult puzzles can be completed in less than 5 minutes, but time is not ticking-play at your own pace - the clock is not a factor.


An added feature when you play online checkers and other puzzle games at Pogo.com.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast is an all-new take on a modern classic! Even if you don't know how to play regular Sudoku, don't worry - you'll be surprised just how easy it is to play, and you might even learn a thing or two in the process! If you are already familiar with online Sudoku, then you already know the rules: complete the puzzle by filling in the numbers 1-9 in every row, column, and 3x3 square, without ever repeating that number in the same row, column, or 3x3 square. It may sound a little bit complicated, but trust us - you'll become a Sudoku-solving machine in no-time!

In order to play Sudoku Puzzle Blast at its most basic level, all you need to know is the goal: fill in every space on the grid according to the rules. What separates Sudoku Puzzle Blast from other online Sudoku games are the game "pieces" that hold numbers on them. Rather than plugging in numbers one at a time, each correct move in this game puts 3, 4, or even 5 numbers in play at once. This has two major benefits:

1. You don't have to worry about using a special interface to play the puzzle game - click or type, click and type, mouse wheel scrolling... gah! All you need to do in this game is pick pieces up and drop them in place - it's that simple!
2. On anything but the most difficult settings, a puzzle will typically take 4 minutes or less to solve. Regular Sudoku puzzles usually take at least 10-15 minutes to solve, even at the easiest level, but you can play four to five games of Sudoku Puzzle Blast over that same period of time. It's a Sudoku bonanza of epic proportions!

It is something of a misconception to think of Sudoku as a math game when, in fact, online Sudoku is a game of logic that just happens to use numbers. It is true that the logic needed to solve a puzzle can be pretty complicated in certain cases, but the only thing you get to use as reference in regular Sudoku are the numbers. In Sudoku Puzzle Blast, you can use basic geometry to help solve the puzzle, too. Take a look at this example.

As you can see, only one of the three pieces shown here can fit into the open space. It's just like a jigsaw puzzle, only with numbers instead of pictures!

Let's take a look at another case.

In this example, multiple pieces can fit into the open space. However, only one of them satisfies the rules of the game (no repeating numbers) - that means it has to be the right one!

Of course, these are very basic and limited examples, but there are times when you don't even need to look at the numbers to figure out how to solve the puzzle. And if you make a mistake, don't worry - there's no pressure here. If you get really stuck, just select "New Game" and try again. Nobody is going to say you lost the game if you decide you just can't solve it. (and anyway, your hand slipped right before you clicked the button... right?)

If visibility is a problem for you, there are a couple of options to try. First, to turn the spotlight off, press the ESC key during play. Also, you can make the arrow cursor to change into a crosshair (which is less likely to block a number once you've picked up a piece) by pressing the Up Arrow key. Remember, if either of these things happen and you don't like it, just hit the same key again to change it back to the way it was before.

Error Management
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in a game like Sudoku. One major benefit of a digital game of online Sudoku is that you don't have to worry about tearing the page if you erase your mistakes one too many times! Fortunately for you, it gets even easier in Sudoku Puzzle Blast - if you make a mistake, just remove the piece from the board and try again. No problem! But how do you know if you've made a mistake? Well, today is your lucky day because... we're going to tell you!

That's right. If you make a mistake, we're going to make you (not-so-painfully) aware of it. There are two kinds of mistakes you can make in this puzzle game:

1. Duplicate numbers - If you place pieces such that two or more of the same number occupy the same row, column, or 3x3 square, all of the offending numbers will turn red. In this example, all of the 2's light up to let you know that at least one of them is in the wrong place. Of course, being that this is a puzzle game, we won't tell you which one is actually out of place (that's up to you to figure out).

2. Invalid spaces - If you happen to drop pieces into place that create a space that no other piece (or combination of pieces) can actually fill, an exclamation mark (!) will appear inside the affected squares. If you see this, it's time to pull some pieces out and try something else.

While these two examples always work, it is possible to place pieces in the wrong location without causing an obvious conflict. The most common example of this is placing a piece that does not actually conflict with anything around it, but isn't actually in the correct location. Take a look at this example.

As you can see, the piece placed here doesn't have any known conflicts - yet.

However, if we put another piece in place.

Oops! That can't be right - time to try another solution. This Sudoku Puzzle Blast example illustrates a good general principal, though: always start out placing pieces that can only go in one location first, then move on to the ones you aren't so sure about. You may start out making a non-conflicting move, but that doesn't guarantee that it's a correct move.

Discovering Treasure
As you complete puzzles, you are rewarded with the opportunity to choose how you'd like to advance through the mine. Along the way, you'll come across a variety of different objects, from valuable (and tasty!) chunks of cheese to any of a number of essential mouse-hold items.

Difficulty and Rotation
In traditional Sudoku games, difficulty is primarily based on scarcity of information - that is, starting the online Sudoku game with few numbers already filled in, or being in a situation where several numbers could potentially fit into the same square. In Sudoku Puzzle Blast, it's really a very similar process except that, depending on which difficulty mode you play in, you can get extra information based on the initial layout of the playfield.

There are 7 difficulty modes in Sudoku Puzzle Blast:

Beginner: Eight 5-number pieces
Easy: Ten 4-number pieces
Medium: Twelve 4-number pieces
Hard: Fifteen 4-number pieces
Expert: Fourteen 4-number pieces and Three 3-number pieces
Master: One 5-number piece, Eleven 4-number pieces, and Seven 3-number pieces
Bonkers: Three 5-number pieces, Eleven 4-number pieces, and Five 3-number pieces

As you can see, stepping up in difficulty reduces the amount of information you start with - more pieces to place usually means less numbers in the playfield. Furthermore, the size and configuration of the pieces you have to place have a significant effect on the difficulty of the game. In Beginner mode, for example, each piece is made of 5 numbers, but the shape of those pieces usually means you can only place them in one or two locations, making your job a lot easier. Smaller pieces, especially those with only 3 numbers, will be much more difficult to place - the smaller the pieces are, the more locations they can potentially fit into. As you progress in difficulty, more and more of your thought process will be dedicated to using Sudoku logic to figure out not only what must go where, but what can't go where.

To make things even more interesting, we've added a Rotation option that can be activated in any difficulty mode - rest assured, however, that playing with Rotation on, even in Easy mode, makes any game much more difficult. Not only are you going to have a lot of moves that make sense in multiple locations, but multiple configurations, as well. We suggest trying this out on Easy mode first, and only after you can solve puzzles in Master difficulty (without rotation). In order to rotate a piece, simply right-click or press the Space Bar while holding the piece in place, and it will turn 90-degrees clockwise. (note that on square pieces, the piece itself won't actually move, but the numbers will change positions accordingly) Here are a couple of examples of what rotation will do.

Although the game is much harder with Rotation on, you won't go without a reward for playing it - score values for solving a puzzle with Rotation turned on are four times as high as with Rotation off, so give it a "spin" and see what you think!

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Want to earn higher scores in this fun puzzle game? Here are some tips and tricks for Sudoku Puzzle Blast to help you along the way!

From time to time, you may find yourself in a position where you just don't know where to start or can't seem to figure out what the next step should be. In that case, may we suggest the use of the handy-dandy Hint button? A simple click of this miraculous little button and voila - one piece from outside the online Sudoku puzzle will magically snap into the correct location! Keep in mind, however, that the Hint button is a one-use only button and there is no Undo, so once you click on it, you're committing to using it. Also, it's worth noting that any piece in the way of the Hint piece will be returned to the area outside the playfield. Saving your Hint awards you extra bonus points, so try to save it if you can!

Ghost Pieces
For anyone who has played a serious game of Sudoku, jotting down notes in certain squares is probably a common practice. To help narrow down what can go in some squares, you first need to know what can't go in them. Sudoku Puzzle Blast works on a different principal to solve puzzles, but that doesn't mean you don't need help like this from time to time (especially in harder difficulties) - that's why we created ghost pieces! Ghost pieces allow you to try out a solution without actually putting a piece onto the playfield. (well, we don't count it that way, anyway)

To initiate a ghost piece, hold down either Shift button and then click on the piece you want to use. Once you have it, drag it onto the playfield and drop it wherever it will fit (after all, if it doesn't fit, it's never going to work). If you decide it's not the right fit, you can either pick it up and throw it away outside the grid or place another "real" piece on top of it and it will disappear. Remember that you can only have one ghost version of each piece at the same time, and that ghost pieces are not allowed to overlap other ghost pieces. To lock a ghost piece into place, place the mouse cursor on top of the piece inside the puzzle grid and right-click to accept.

While ghost pieces are very useful, one thing to keep in mind is that they don't show conflicts with other pieces (ghosts or otherwise), so you're going to have to rely on your own logic to confirm that they're leading you to the right solution. Also, even if you can make several ghost pieces fit into a position that looks valid, it might still be wrong - double-check (or even triple-check) your logic, or you might end up losing time (and bonus points) for making an incorrect move in this online Sudoku game.

Ranks & Badges
Sudoku Puzzle Blast has 50 ranks that you can earn as you progress through the game. Each puzzle piece you successfully place, gets you closer to the next rank, but you must finish a puzzle in order to get credit for correct placements. Your rank is located on the lower-left side of the screen. You can click on the rank image at any time during the game to find out how close you are to earning the next rank.

There are five rank badges you can win in Sudoku Puzzle Blast. The badges are given out when you achieve ranks 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.

Note:

Ranks are only for Club Pogo players!

Prizes

If you should win a jackpot or one of our prize drawings, you will receive an e-mail directing you to a prize confirmation page where you must enter your real name, accurate e-mail address and other pertinent information. To claim a jackpot or any other prize, you must enter this contact information and conform to the eligibility requirements documented in our Prize Rules.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast Forum: Latest Posts

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our Sudoku Puzzle Blast Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Warning, please don't post personal information about others

By Pogo_Llama » November 15th, 2016, 11:58 pm

Posting another player's personal information such as their health, where they live, etc, is a violation of our Terms of Service. Please note the forums are a public place and anyone can see the information that is posted. We recommend if you need to communicate someone's status, to do so privately through Club Pogo messaging or the Guestbook.

Furthermore, if you need to contact a player in your Challenge, please use Club Pogo messaging or Guestbook. Do not post within the thread itself. Talk privately.

Thank you.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: Problems with all of the games

By KittyCat4958 » July 20th, 2016, 9:22 pm

in this weeks challeges i get to the last frame for completeing the game and the puzzle peices wont pick up after i place 3 of them the game freezes.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: Sudoko Puzzle Blast WORKING

By gberlinerplayer » September 12th, 2015, 12:23 pm

tell me how did you get it going

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: 5x badge

By Mod_Kyra » June 25th, 2015, 7:52 pm

You can speed up completion by playing on the easiest level and treat it as a jigsaw puzzle (for quicker play). You'll still get the tunnel selection no matter how many errors you make.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: 5x badge

By Stinkerbelle806 » June 25th, 2015, 7:47 pm

I want u to know I feel ur pain & FRUSTRATION!!! I've been working on this badge far TOO long, but it's part of a Premium Badge Album. I only need 2 5x's & I'm having a POGO of a time. There is no sure cure from what I understand. U have to have patience, but mine is running thin. I've spent too many hours trying already & would have quit if it wasn't in an Album. Wish me luck, cuz I really need it with this one!!
Stinkerbelle806

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • [Flash Games] Some users may experience difficulty loading

By Pogo_Cactuar » June 17th, 2015, 8:22 pm

Hello,

It appears that there have been several updates released both for Windows and many anti-virus software programs out there.

We have seen a trend of some users who aren't able to load our Flash games since these updates. It seems that the recent updates, especially to anti-virus software, have blocked computers from accessing all of our games.

If you aren't able to load our flash games, such as our Hidden Object Games or Mahjong Games, we recommend you visit: Answers HQ for a workaround to allow these games to load for you.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: Game room cannot connect to server

By Mod_Jada » June 12th, 2015, 9:59 pm

There is nothing to fix because the game is working correctly. It loaded right up for me.

If you are losing connection to the server, unplug your modem and router for a few minutes.
Plug them back and let them boot up.
You can also check with your ISP to see if you have a weak signal.
Also, if your modem or router is old, it may need to be replaced.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Game room cannot connect to server

By swedestitch » June 12th, 2015, 1:57 pm

Have had this problem for two days - try to get into a room but it won't load and I get the error message that it cannot find the server. I'm playing in 50+ and tried the rooms Moldie Oldies, and Swiss Cheese this morning, same problem. Kept trying different rooms and finally got in. Would appreciate you're fixing this as I'm close to ranking out. Thanks!

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • [Java Games] Unable to load in latest Google Chrome Browser

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 15th, 2015, 3:41 pm

Our team is aware that users who are using the latest version of Google Chrome may experience loading issues in our Java games.

For further information regarding this issue, please visit Pogo News. There is also a work-around listed there to allow Chrome to play Java games until September 2015.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: Progress changed while at lunch!

By Mod_Jada » April 13th, 2015, 6:17 pm

Pogo is aware that badge progress is disappearing for some players.

Please read the two entries in the thread linked below:

Badge Progress

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Progress changed while at lunch!

By larryspunkin » April 13th, 2015, 5:55 pm

I am trying to complete the Sudoku Puzzle Blast challenge in the Puzzler Badge Album. My rank was 15 and I had over 200 pieces placed. I finished the game I was on and went to lunch. When I returned my rank was 5 and I only had 20 pieces placed. What the heck happened?

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: medium level in Sudoku

By CAGal1950 » April 10th, 2015, 7:19 pm

You're welcome.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: medium level in Sudoku

By hottogo65 » April 10th, 2015, 7:11 pm

Thank you

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • Re: medium level in Sudoku

By CAGal1950 » April 10th, 2015, 6:31 pm

In Sudoku Puzzle Blast look in the right upper corner just to the left of Jackpot Game and you will see the levels. There are 6 of them I believe. Just below that is the button to allow rotation.
And, just so you know, this is a members forum. I'm not sure where you've been asking, but this is the first time I've seen your post.

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Sudoku Puzzle Blast • medium level in Sudoku

By hottogo65 » April 10th, 2015, 6:23 pm

How do you find out what level your on in the in game ,asking for two days now with no help.!!!!!

pseudoku
https://www.pogo.com/action/pogop/pogogems/fund.do?returnType=game&returnValue=pseudoku&intcmp=pseudoku_ingame_gem_fund

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