THE MIDLANDS, UK – September 7th, 2005 – Astraware is excited to announce the release of Astraware Sudoku – our take on the puzzle craze that’s become a worldwide phenomenon. In addition to the release of the game for Palm OS® handhelds, we have created a dedicated website for Sudoku players from total beginners to complete experts – http://www.palmsudoku.com.
Sudoku is a logical puzzle game, originally created in puzzle books and then made available in countless newspapers worldwide. The grid is 9 cells high by 9 cells wide and within the grid are 9 boxes each featuring 9 cells. The object is to fill in the numbers 1-9 in each row, column and box, but they must only appear in each one once. Many people are put off by seeing a grid with numbers in it, but in fact the puzzle doesn’t require any arithmetic at all – just deduction and logic, and with the inbuilt assistance in the game and the aid of our accompanying website, everyone can play Sudoku.
Astraware Sudoku is suitable for players of all abilities and features include 6 levels of difficulty, pencilmarks in a choice of styles, optional completion and tracking of pencilmarks, a unique and innovative notepad which enables players to make handwritten notes and sketches overlaid upon the grid, and an advanced hint system to assist you by highlighting areas where progress can be made without giving away the answer.
“Several Astraware staff, myself included, had become hopelessly addicted to the Sudoku puzzles appearing in the newspapers.” said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware’s CEO. “We decided that if we were going to produce a Sudoku game for PDAs, it would be one that we’d want to play, with just the features that allowed each of us to play in the way we wanted to. We hope that people will particularly appreciate some of the more unique features that we’ve created, such as the notepad and advanced hints!”
Astraware Sudoku includes a selection of inbuilt puzzles of varying difficulty for you to evaluate. After registration the game will allow a range of additional pre-built puzzle packs to be added. These extra packs will be available free of charge from http://www.palmsudoku.com. The unlocked version of Astraware Sudoku includes a puzzle creator which will generate literally billions of true Sudoku puzzles, all of which are solveable by logic alone. It also includes a puzzle solver, so you can input any Sudoku from a newspaper or book and Astraware Sudoku can show you the solution or give you hints to help you play along.
Astraware Sudoku is available here for Palm OS® handhelds running OS4.0 and above.