I downloaded Wordoku Unbound #1 (currently only $0.99) to my Kindle earlier this week. Its blurb says, “Love Sudoku? And word games? Then you’ll love Wordoku. A fun twist on Sudoku, Wordoku puzzles use the letters of a word or phrase instead of numbers.” I thought, “Hey, self, I like Sudoku in small, occasional portions, and I tend to like word games — especially crosswords — so maybe I’d like this.” I went ahead and splurged for the whole ninety-nine cents in one lump sum and gave it a try.
Here’s what I found out: Wordoku is Sudoku. It is played exactly the same, with the only difference being that each cell/row/column uses 9 distinct letters instead of 9 different numbers. I apparently read more between the lines when, in fact, there was nothing actually in those spaces. I guess I thought the solver was going to solve some word clue or play on words, or otherwise have to deduce what the 9-letter word/phrase is, or something that actually would make it a “word puzzle.” Instead, when you start a new puzzle, it tells you right off what the word/phrase is so that you know what 9 letters you are using on that puzzle. At that point, solving it is exactly like doing any other Sudoku puzzle.
Now that you know what you’re getting into, if you are a Sudoku aficionado, then you should like this Kindle app. The interface is fairly intuitive, the instructions clear, and it provides multiple difficulty levels for the puzzles. My only fairly small gripe is that it would be nice if the cursor could “wrap around” the grid, e.g. if you are in the left-most column and move the 5-way controller to the left, it would wrap around and put the cursor in the right-most column. Instead, you have to move it eight columns to the right to get to that same place. I’ll give it 4/5 stars.