It is Sudoku with an added twist. For those of you who are familiar with the basics of Sudoku, it is a set of 3×3 grids within a larger 9×9 one. The goal is to insert numbers from 1-9 in all of the squares with a different number for each cell. Both Sudoku and Futoshiki start out with a few numbers already filled in.
As one who is definitely not a math person, I was a little intimidated by the < and > signs that are added into the 5×5 and 7×7 grids at first, but they’re actually there to help you.
“I’m not a huge fan of standard Sudoku — I like it, but find it somewhat difficult, repetitive, and kind of boring. Futoshiki is a whole lot better and I absolutely love it. While the < > signs on the board may appear as additional requirements/restrictions at first, they in fact act as clues and make the game a bit easier (less trials and errors) and more interesting than Sudoku, at least to me. That opens a whole new way of thinking that I find most satisfying.”
After I got going, with Futoshiki, I actually got to like it a lot, and do intend to play more often when I get spare time. I think it is fun to play around with the numbers until you can get them situated right.
I took advantage of the instruction manual, and got the basics of the game. But, I really got the gist of it when I dove in and tried a few puzzles on my own. Use the manual to learn how to access hints and keyboard shortcuts. While you are in the game, be careful with how many hints you use. If you have some left over, you can get bonus points.
“This game is similar to Sudoku, but quicker. It’s fun & easy to pick up while traveling. I highly recommend it if you want something fun to do while waiting or in between reading. Worth the price! ”
One quick note about the navigation. Be sure you make the distinctions between the annotation button and the actual number. You can annotate each square to help figure out what number would be the best fit, but the process is somewhat difficult if you aren’t careful.
Braintonik has done a great job with Futoshiki. Great graphics and high marks by reviewers. You can’t get much better than that! Good for players of all skill levels.