From the creators of Natural Selection comes Zen of Sudoku, a relaxing, easy to play version of Sudoku for your PC. Relax with hand-painted Japanese-styled backgrounds, no timer and lush natural soundscapes. Stimulates your brain to keep it healthy and alert.
User reviews: Very Positive (60 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 14, 2006
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From the creators of Natural Selection comes Zen of Sudoku, a relaxing, easy to play version of Sudoku for your PC.

  • Relax with hand-painted Japanese-styled backgrounds, no timer and lush natural soundscapes.
  • Stimulates your brain to keep it healthy and alert.
  • Teaches you the basics of Sudoku through advanced strategies like "naked pairs", "x-wing" and "locked candidates".
  • Play unlimited puzzles, print them to finish offline and enter custom puzzles from other sources.
  • Unlock trophies, backgrounds and more.

This product includes portions of the PopCap Games Framework.

System Requirements

    Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, 128 MB RAM, 500 MHz or faster, Direct X 7.0

Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
* Relaxing music, fun challenge.

* Full screen is almost a must, window is tiny on most resolutions used today. Wish they had the ability for windowed mode to be maximized and maybe stretch to screen size, but not an extreme issue.

Gets my recommendation if you're looking for a Sudoku game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I wanted a game to play inbetween games, or relax with in the evening, and this is perfect.

It's calming, and very friendly to use. Plenty of options to help you along if you are new to Sudoku, such as hints with optional explainations, and being able to highlight rows, columns or squares.

I really like the ability of being able to 'pencil' in numbers too.

It's not widescreen, or even a high resolution, but you don't really notice this once you get playing.

It also cycles through various background 'scenes', so the game doesn't have the same old bland background all the time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
113.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I have been a huge fan of this game and would have recommended it to anyone wanting to either simply have fun and zen at the level they're at, or to use this to really get better and faster at doing more difficult puzzles....however something has gone wrong with the sound files causing most sound effects and music to not fuction correctly. As their website is now down I can only imagine there is no support to resolve the issue. Unless they can resolve this issue I would recommend finding another way to play Sudoku than this program.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Cannot get the game to launch. Screen goes black, then crashes to desktop (well, back to the screen client). Will not play on this machine. Win 7 Ultra 64 bit.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Addictive, a nice product for sudoku lovers.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Four levels of difficulty, good highlighting features, easy grid for selecting numbers, and the ability to pencil in numbers which is typically necessary for the hardest puzzles. It's good as far as Sudoku is concerned. Now whether you like Sudoku or not is an entirely different subject.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Awhile back I had a very special request from a friend whose disability had progressed to a point where writing is no longer an option: Find a mouse only Sudoku game playable offline. So when I saw Zen of Sudoku, I picked it up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCaRVsTZHqg

When I first booted up, I ran into a problem. The game booted in Fullscreen Mode and immediately asked for my name. Without Onscreen Keyboard accessible due to fullscreen mode, I was unable to enter my name. I needed someone to type in my name before I could move on.

Once my name was entered everything was ok. Options let me change to Windowed Mode which is borderless allowing me to access my desktop easily. There’s no other accessibility options. No colorblind options or input configuration are found.

Gameplay so far has been point and click. To choose what number you would like to enter into the puzzle you can click numbers in a grid & click the one you’d like. The boxes are kind of small in windowed mode so some precision is needed. You can correct any mistakes however. When trying to use the keyboard to choose squares or enter numbers, I had no luck. So far it seems you need a point & click input but we’ll keep our eye out for any changes.

The game is a peaceful and relaxing. There’s no timer even on harder difficulties and you can stop at anytime and resume later if you’re feeling fatigued for just need a break. Audio consists of relaxing sounds but isn’t needed for gameplay.

Zen of Sudoku has been fun so far and will definitely satisfy any sudoku cravings. We’ll keep checking it out to see if gameplay changes or additional issues pop up, but the first look has easy to play as long as you can point & click.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
IT FEATURES SOUND
IT FEATURES GRAPHIXX

WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT
ITS EVEN GOT DIFFERENT SEASONS

SATISFY YOUR DESIRE TO LISTEN TO CHILL ♥♥♥ MUSIC AND PLAY A CHILL ♥♥♥ GAME.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
A very relaxing game that challenges my mind. I love the landscapes and the music. And I love Sudoku puzzles. Awesome game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
Pre-Release Review
A nice and simple little Zudoku game with some advanced features and tools that help you learn and solve Zudoku.
It also tries to make the experience relaxing with atmospheric sounds and backgrounds.

If you like Zudoku and want it on your computer this is clearly one good option.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Best game on Steam at the moment.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
This game works really well. No bugs or glitches, a really immersive soundtrack, and challenging puzzles make it well worth the few dollars. Also comes with in-game achievements for completing the more difficult puzzles without using any help or pencil marks, making the game somewhat goal oriented, instead of simply random puzzles to kill time. Great for any fan of traditional sudoku!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
463.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2013
I should probably recommend this game since it's my most played game. Here's why: I love sudokus. Do you love sudokus? Then you should get this game! Here are some other reasons:

1. You save money because you don't need to buy new sudoku magazines and/or pencils!

2. It's a nice timesink and it helps you think logically.

3. It has several difficulties, so if you are a beginner you won't have a hard time solving the puzzles.

4. A good way to relax from a stressful day, or to wake up to in the morning. Make some tea/coffee/hot chocolate, put on some music and solve a puzzle!

There are probably tons of other reasons. But anyone can get this game, granted you have an interest in sudokus.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
★★★★☆ it’s Sudoku
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
You all know Sudoku. What makes this game different is the music. It puts you in the mood of calm relaxation, meditating in a zen garden.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
93.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
Zen of Sudoku has quickly become my go to app for down time. I enjoy sudoku and the soothing music and sound effects in combination with the nice art makes for a relaxing time. I often find myself playing several puzzles in a row without thinking about it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
I love playing this game when I have time to kill and want something relaxing, but stimulating. Easy to use, with help features that can be turned on and off at will.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2012
Great puzzle game to challenge your 'inactive' puzzle solving brain. Includes 4 levels of difficulty which gets insanely hard the higher the level! Definitely proves its worth as one of the best puzzle games.

So go ahead and play on your computer or print it to take with you where ever you go!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Nice relaxing game that plays exactly how you'd expect. Menu options are well thought out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
91.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
I've tried quite a few Sudoku games on PC and mobile platforms and this is by far the most intuitive, clean, and helpful interface. When I bought this, I had never played Sudoku before and it made getting into the game easy and fun. The hints are particularly useful for a beginner, though they can be phrased a bit cryptically. It's later that I looked for better programs, thinking that Zen of Sudoku was maybe dated (it has only one resolution: low), and came up with nothing to make me want to switch. I wish they ported this to tablets!
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