Cross Set is a simple and brain-teasing new number puzzle game.
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Very Positive (115 reviews) - 87% of the 115 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 17, 2015

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About This Game

Cross Set is a brain-teasing new number puzzle game.

The rule of the game is quite simple:
- There is an NxN square grid (up to 9x9)
- The solution is to have every row and column containing every number 1 through N
- The grid is already constrained by sets of candidates

But the gameplay is deep, when you actually play it.
The feelings you will have when playing this game will be somewhat like playing Sudoku, but it's more enjoyable.


Key Features:
- 50+ Unique Levels
- 17 Steam Achievements
- Calm and Ambient BGM

* All puzzle sets are different from the pre-distributed version.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Very Positive (115 reviews)
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LeKawaiiTargayryen
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
A fun little puzzle game at just the right cost. It offers a bunch of content for a low cost, has a calming soundtrack, if you could call it that, and a smooth learning curve. Would definitely recommend to fans of the genre as a must-have.
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biostudent
22.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
Again, I have to say Steam needs a "meh" recommendation.

Basically this is like Sudoku.

It's very casual and you can grind out all the achievements by just playing through the levels. That's nice. No odd crazy/rely on random chance achiements to unlock.

On the other hand, at some point I found myself just getting a bit bored.
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Loafie493
6.6 hrs
Posted: July 11
Not the greatest if you are into sudoku type games. The bigger puzzles become very tedious towards the end. If you like these types of games it is at least worth a shot for 3 bucks.
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Panda
14.0 hrs
Posted: July 4
I never though that puzzle game would be so interesting and I would spend over 10 hours on this. Greatest part was about thinking how to solve various puzzles, to think my own solving strategies. After finding out my first solving strategy I thought that I would just need to continue doing same thing over and over again, but you know what? No. After a few levels I suddenly got very different puzzles from what I was solving at first and I needed to rethink my solving strategies, which have bringed some more fun. I still have quite some levels to do so I can't wait to see what challenges other levels will bring.
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lxc0107
0.4 hrs
Posted: June 22
Like Sudoku, but less challenging, less fun.

This game is more like a eye exercise than a brain storm. Most of the time you just scan all the cells to find the next unique number with no logical thinking involved. The "lock" feature should delete that locked number from all cells in the same column/row. Instead, the developer decided to leave the number there just to make your eyes hurt, and there is no way to cross out the unwanted numbers even manaully.

Conclusion:
No exercise for your mind, just pain in the eyes.
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stian.rodland
11.5 hrs
Posted: June 20
Great brain teaser, wish there was more levels though...
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Monteheim
9.8 hrs
Posted: June 20
If you don't like Sudoku, you won't like this game. If you do, you might.

For me, the beginning was okay but the larger the puzzles got, the more it felt like a chore. The game doesn't require a lot of logical thinking, mainly you have to scan lots of numbers for the next piece you can "fix". Solving a puzzle isn't as satisfying as e.g. in Hexcells.
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X16
6.7 hrs
Posted: June 18
The game is exactly what you expect it to be from the description. It's pretty relaxing to try and sort out the numbers in the correct place, but it can be frustrating if you only notice mistakes towards the end.

Overall I'm happy with the game, but I would like to see a bit more variety in the levels (either in layout or gameplay)

I'd give it an 8/10 :)
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Laser Noises
8.3 hrs
Posted: June 16
Love forming and applying algorithms, deductive reasoning, and receiving that dose of dopamine in your prefrontal cortex after you solved a puzzle? Buy this game (and maybe a pack of cigarettes and/or a bottle of wine).
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lord84bob
58.6 hrs
Posted: June 15
Pretty fun game for people who like Sudoku style games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Summary: The game is a competent and typical of its genre. It runs fine, and it's essentially exactly what you'd expect.

Progress Disclosure: I finished the first two dozen boards, which is the first three levels. I reviewed it so early because there were no other reviews; its window of new release exposure was closing, and it didn't deserve to miss sales on account of consumer uncertainty.

Observations: The "tutorial" consisted solely of a box of text; it was still sufficient, even having heard and read nothing about the game except the store description before playing.

The difficulty is fine so far; the first 6 boards averaged under 2 minutes each, and the next 18 took a bit over 4 minutes each.

The presentation is simple and functional. The art style is essentially all displayed in the marketing screenshots accurately.

The achievements look to be quite doable, so this game would probably be good for 100%ers. All of them are for simple completion; none can be missed, are timed, or even require perfect input.

There are no hidden in-game purchases.

Accessibility: The game never has time pressure. The interface requires enough precision to hit boxes of the size in the marketing screenshots without hitting the adjacent ones; it does not require dragging. The interface is fully mouse-driven. (It may support touch screens, but I don't have one.) There are no vital sounds. There is no dialogue written or spoken.

Locked tiles are distinguished from unlocked tiles purely by color; that mechanic is optional, though helpful for remembering which numbers you're confident in. Some tiles are locked in the marketing screenshots, so you can check before purchasing if there's an issue for you.

As a non-expert, I see no other problems.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
THE PUZZLE:
Cross Set is, as advertised, a game of logical elimination similar to sudoku. Each square has a list of candidate numbers from which you can pick, and the objective is to force each row and each column to contain exactly one of each number.

Unlike sudoku, this puzzle format allows for more interesting thinking right from the beginning, because Cross Set does not necessarily need any of the squares to be fixed (though they can be). This shaves off some of the early "fill in the obvious" steps common to many sudoku puzzles. Unfortunately, limiting the choices by square appears to make the later "finish filling stuff in" phase come earlier. I find the puzzle format fresh enough to hold my interest.

THE SOFTWARE:
The software is very basic. Window size (and Windowed/Fullscreen) are options before the game boots, but there is no volume slider (only a mute button). Oddly, the fixed puzzle squares do not begin locked, even though all of the advertising shows them as locked. Hopefully this is some kind of oversight, as manually locking them just wastes about 10-15 seconds per puzzle.

OVERALL:
It's an interesting new puzzle format with 64 puzzles included for $3. I've spent about as much per puzzle for Kakuro and Sudoku books, so I'd say the game is more than worth the price if you're at all interested in logic puzzles.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I love this game.
Then again I also love picross, sudoku, kenken, and kakuro so it's hard for me to be subjective.

This takes Sudoku and switches things up a tad. Just enough to be fresh and challenging, but not so much that it's confusing.

If you've ever enjoyed a simple number puzzler you can't go wrong with Cross Set.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Do you like Sudoku crosswords? If your answer is yes, this game will interest you for sure!

The basic principle in Cross Set is similar to Sudoku - all numbers in each row and column must be distinct. But you can't select the right number from all (that would be pretty easy to fill 1,2,3,4,... to grid), there's always a limited selection of numbers for every rectangle. If you are afraid of getting lost in which numbers are set correctly and which not, don't worry because you'll be able to lock the rectangles which are (hopefully) right.

And that's all! Combine that with great minimalistic design and good sounds, and get into eight level sets full of number grids. As I usually like to lay on the bed and do crosswords, this is a nice alternative for 3 euros that isn't even much challenging - it just mostly require patience and attention, as you'll be able to make mistakes pretty easily.

Also, the game has Steam achievements for beating all levels, so this game may also be a magnet for 100% achievement hunters - expect few hours of playtime, depending on your speed and amount of mistakes you make (because mistakes usually lead towards restarting the whole level).
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Pretty fun puzzle game sudoku style. Just have to order numbers that they horizontally and vertically fit into a max 9x9 square. All rows and columns must contain each number once.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Nice and new concept, many puzzles, good price

Very good package for a puzzle fan!

Only con I can think of is the need to "search" for the place you can continue the puzzle in large puzzles, sometimes making it more into a searching game and less of a thinking game. (Sudoku players will now what I'm talking about) But unless you completely can't deal with that:

Buy it, play it, enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Well now, after 4.4 hours I finished this minimalistic but nevertheless challenging logic puzzle game.
I don't think it should be neccessary, but I will write it anyway: You should like numbers and maybe you should have done at least SOME Sudokus. Otherwise it might be either very frustrating or a fun but strange guessing game.

Actually it is like the normal Sudoku but only with the rows and columns, so no boxes here. Plus, the "candidates" (which doesn't always even make sense) are always already written down.

It starts very easy, actually you can do the first 1 or 2 sets without even using the "fix" function (right mouse click). But then the difficulty raises constantly until the level 5-8 (set 5, level 8), which was definately the hardest one for me.

The music is totally ok, except of one track, which is really wonderful.
After you have finished all the levels you will have earned all achievements available and there might also be another surprise :) by finishing the levels, some extra levels will be unlocked which seem to be more hardcore.

Conclusion: If you like numbers and especially puzzles which are similar to Sudoku, then you should give Cross Set a shot.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
A nice elegant, thinky puzzle game. Likely to appeal to fans of Hexcells and/or Paint it Back. Runs great on Linux.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
just simply like sudoku. but i found this easier
nothing more i could say.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
TL;DR: Puzzle game with mechanics similar to Sudoku.

Like Sudoku but different

Cross Set is a simple puzzle game that has been compared to Sudoku a number of times. Basically it presents a square grid of boxes, each containing a set of digits. Your task is to choose a single digit for each box so that no digit is repeated on a given column or row. Just like in a Sudoku.

Unlike in Sudoku, the grid size is variable up to 9x9 and it is not divided into separately managed squares. Instead, the puzzle is constrained by the digits allowed in each box.

Many of the same techniques as in Sudoku work in Cross Set. You can (almost) always systematically go through the whole grid to find the solution or at least lock in a couple of digits.

Difficulty goes from simple (early levels) to challenging and time consuming (later levels) to nigh impossible (optional bonus levels). There are seven main sets (each with eight puzzles), one ultimate set with just one puzzle (set number 8) and two bonus sets each with eight puzzles.

Curiously the difficulty is jumpy in each set because of the varying size of the grid. A set of eight puzzles always begins with a small grid but the puzzles get bigger until the halfway point of the set (puzzle number 5) where they start small again. I found it convenient to play through four puzzles of increasing size in a row and then take a break after the last, more difficult one.

No drawing on the screen, kids!

Interface looks clear and works splendidly. Left-clicking on a box will switch through the chosen digits and right-clicking will lock a digit to its place (or alternatively unlock it). Only three things I would have liked as improvements:

First, I would have liked a way to mark a box with a different colour for testing a certain digit (e.g. to find a contradiction elsewhere). Second, sometimes a digit eliminates another in the grid and I would have liked a way to mark these numbers as eliminated so I wouldn't accidentally choose them. This would also aid in finding correct digits.

The worst oversight is the lack of saving feature within a puzzle. One can get around it by screenshotting before quitting but it's still cumbersome compared to proper save files. Good thing that all but the most challenging puzzles are short and can be done in half an hour at most.

Conclusion

Completing all the main puzzles (and therefore 100% achievements) was a task of almost 10 hours for me. Some of the puzzles were very challenging but none were unfair.

I also tried a couple of the bonus levels. Admittedly they are meant to offer extra challenge after beating the rest of the game. However, for these puzzles the simple systematic approach doesn't lend many freebies and one would probably need a lot of the so-called advanced techniques to solve them.

Regrettably I finally gave up after beating just a couple of the plus puzzles and none of the double-plus superhuman problems. They will probably always remain there mocking me and my inferior intellect.

The present price (3 € here) would be good even for half the content. I'd recommend Cross Set especially for fans of casual puzzle games or alternatively as a light snack to play between more hardcore games.
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