Sudoku Ball is a revolutionary new take on the popular Sudoku puzzles.
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Mostly Negative (14 reviews) - 35% of the 14 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 1, 2009

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About This Game

Sudoku Ball is a revolutionary new take on the popular Sudoku puzzles. The Sudoku Ball™ consists of 6 interlinked Sudoku puzzles mapped on a 3D ball. The ball can be twisted and turned with the easy to use interface. In Sudoku Ball™ - Detective, you take the role of a detective in a small town where a murder has been committed. It is up to you to find the murderer by completing different styles of Sudoku Ball puzzles. The puzzles represent separate stages of the investigation, like searching for clues, picking locks, investigating evidence in the lab, and chasing your suspect! On top of the storyline, players can compare their scores in the numerous extra puzzles in different gameplay modes. The easy controls ensure players can concentrate on the puzzles as they delve deeper into the mystery!

Unique Sudoku Ball™ feature for a brand new puzzle experience
Challenging and engaging story mode with 20 levels
Stand-alone Sudoku Ball™, Story puzzles and original Sudoku modes with over 240 Sudoku’s in total
Compare your best scores with friends and family
3 difficulty settings from beginner to expert

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, XP
    • Processor: 800 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
THe main problem with this 'game' is that the sudoku part of it is... total crap. There is a lot of sudoku freeware that does it so much better so why waste your time on this.... oh the 'adventure game' aspect right?

Well that blows even harder than the sudoku part, basically you solve 'mysteries' and do detective 'work' by solving the stupidest and simplest of sudokus and each one you resolve gives you another 'clue'. Nonsensical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and the biggest insult is the game dares to charge you money for this half baked concoction of adventure/puzzle/sudoku 'game'.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
"It's like Sudoku, but as a ball!"

I have to imagine there was some sort of brainstorming exercise at Witan Entertainment one day, and some intern threw out the above idea and everyone ran with it. And, well, it definitely IS Sudoku stretched out across a globe but that's really all it is and the new viewing angle doesn't serve any purpose but to make it harder to read the board. It doesn't change the game to be anything but a sloppier version of this already well established thing. The abundance of hand holding also becomes rather annoying, as though it's great for those new to Sudoku there's no way to disable it as far as I could find, and it basically becomes this catch all safety net where you can just try combinations until they turn gold and lock in place signally that you got it right.

There's a story (of course there's a story, why wouldn't there be in a Sudoku game?) but I'm pretty sure I'd have a more enjoyable time reading over the Clue instructions a couple dozen times than listening to these odd, clay-like mannequins reciting tired murder mystery cliches and making banal small talk. When the best part of your game is that one of your character seems to be wearing a wig made of Cheetos then you've pretty much left me at rock bottom trying to cling to anything that's even remotely amusing.

I used to think that it was pretty impossible to screw up a Sudoku game. Sudoku is such a well understood - thing - that there's not really much more for you to do but make the pen and paper logic puzzle digital. But Sudokuball is that first time for everything. It's presentation is unnecessarily tedious to decipher, low resolution, allows no space for writing down potential numbers, and forces you to use some obnoxious Sudoku training wheels. It managed to make me kind of hate Sudoku, a game I've loved for years but in this form left me reaching desperately for my coffee table book or any of the dozens and dozens of better video game adaptions. That's pretty bad any way you slice it.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Alright, I saw a Sudoku game, and for 7 Dollars, I thought why not, I ventured into the game pretty fast, aside from the old graphics that reminded me of the 90s I thought alright, maybe the puzzles will make the game worth it. I started the story mode on normal difficulty, skipping most of the text to get to the puzzles I want. Most of the time, the grids were only missing 1 or 2 numbers a box which made it seem kind of redundant for a challenge.

Afterwards I decided to go into free Play, and tried to play a "Hard" sudokuball puzzle, I was able to complete it in about 20 minutes which disappointed me being a sudokuball puzzle. Essentially solving one of the 3x3 grids made the rest of the puzzle just fill in the blanks.

As a detective game, there isn't even any challenge, just solve the sudoku and you pretty much solve the game.

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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2014
Oh God... I wanted it to be good, but it's baaaaad.
On the surface it's a little like Safecracker or Puzzle Agent in the, you're a detective of sorts, solving sudoku over puzzles to unravel some mystery, shenanigans. However, the comparison stops there.
The resolution options are low, medium, high, wide. I mean come on. What century is this?

Ok, so I only messed around in story mode for a short while but the story was pretty uninvolving if I'm honest. The controls are a bit dodgy too. I dropped my mouse sense to 800dpi and it was still difficult to get levels and puzzles to lock into place.
The final nail is that the puzzles are laughably easy. Maybe it gets harder later on but I soon grew bored of facing yet another grid where there's really only one square to solve.

It just feels a bit lacking. More could have been done with this.

And then it hit me. How can you get a simple click and drag control system so wrong? The only possible explanation is that this game was never designed to use a mouse as an input device. The evidence starts to mount up and now I feel like an actual detective. The resolution options, of course! This game was never built for PC. It was built for a smartphone, that's why the cutscenes use still images and have no voice acting.

It all becomes clear. This is a half-arsed mobile port and suddenly, the price tag that seemed reasonable starts to feel like a massive ripoff.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Meh, got it in a bundle and its ok if you get it really cheap, but overall, I wouldn't go near it at full price. Pick it up if you like somewhat easy sudoku and you can get it for a buck or two (or less) At full price not recommended, at 80-95% off, go for it.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
Relaxing game.

I did not play sudoku much so I can tell you that I'm suck with this type of puzzle but this game still not hard even for noob like me. There are few bugs but easy to fix, just go to main menu and replay, so it's fine by me. The main story is like standard detective novel with nothing surprising at all. Do not expect this game for story, just enjoy sodoku puzzle.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Main Story is beatable in 1-2 hours. very easy for a Sudoku game. There's few gamemodes within Sudoku in Story mode:
Clue find - Regular Sudoku without time limit, fill the big square with ? marks.
Inspection - Fill the entire Sudokus(9 big squares, 81 tiles) several times Within time limit.
Lockpick - Fill the center tile with correct number(4 wrong number to fail), Within the time limit.
Chase - Fill the tile with red footprint. Taking more time = more tiles to deal with.

The ball rotation with RMB is hard to control, thus it would frustrate you in timed levels.
Other than that, control is quite generic for sudokus(number keys and - key work and recommended)

I've been a fan of connected sudokus(those are connected at corners), but in Main Story mode they haven't fully used its goodness.
In Classic mode it's used well, and plays better than 4 minigames Story mode offered.

7/10, Get it only if you like Sudokus. If you're detective fan, there are better games around.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
finally we can play sudoku, but with the added difficulty of making it more annoying to enter your solution into the grid.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Nice little sudoku game.

  • Story is pretty silly but I found it entertaining enough, so it served its purpose
  • Several types of sudoku, each with a twist (Sudokuball where you have to solve 6 overlapping sudokus in a row; two types of speed sudoku with almost complete boards but sometimes harsh time limits)
  • lots of hand crafted sudokus of all types from the story plus standard sudokus to play independently of the story, sorted into three difficulties for each type

  • No way to take notes on the sudoku field. On a few of the later levels in the story I used pen and paper to help solve the sudoku
  • The sudokus in the story start out extremely easy, sudoku fans might be bored until they are 2/3 through the story
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