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.
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.
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
Eight 5-number pieces
Ten 4-number pieces
Twelve 4-number pieces
Fifteen 4-number pieces
Fourteen 4-number pieces and Three 3-number pieces
One 5-number piece, Eleven 4-number pieces, and Seven 3-number pieces
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