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Sudoku is a number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3x3 sub-grids contains all of the digits from 1 to 9. The puzzle generator creates a partially completed grid with unique solution. Modern Sudoku was designed anonymously by Howard Garns and first published in 1979 by Dell Magazines as Number Place. Popularity of the game spawned large variety of other media being created such as songs, TV shows with prizes of $40,000 and gobs of software on different platforms. So why should you give our version a try? Our version is optimized for touch devices and comes with a solver, design mode and with unlimited number of unique puzzles.
Our hint feature provides context sensitive help not just showing possible candidates for each cell but also pinpointing and explaining next move. Want to learn about naked doubles, box/line reduction, Jellyfish, Nice Loops or similar strategies - give our hints a try. Besides we feature design mode that allows you to copy the puzzle you are working on into the device and take it on the road with you.

How to play:

  • To start a new game go to the Menu ( in the top right corner or press Esc) and select new game.
  • To adjust difficulty, go to the Menu and scroll between different modes Beginner, Easy, Medium or Hard
  • To place a number, first select a number in the toolbar (on the bottom) and then click all the cells you want the number to go.
  • To place a pencil mark, toggle Pencil mark mode in the tool bar () and click all the cells where you want to toggle pencil mark.
  • To erase the cell, toggle on the erase mode in the tool bar () and click all the cells where you want to erase contents. NOTE: It will erase numbers as well as pencil marks.
  • To validate your solution click on the Validate icon () in the tool bar.
  • To undo, click on the Undo icon () in the tool bar.
  • To get help go to the menu and select Hints. The game will check if your pencil marks are complete and valid. If pencil marks are incomplete or have errors/conflicts, the board will reflect it. If your pencil marks are valid, the game will use the solver to suggest next move.
  • To turn on design mode, go to the menu and select Design. You will be presented with clear board. Use tool bar to place numbers as you pleased. Once done, go back to the menu and toggle Design mode off. Now you can try to solve your puzzle.
  • Solver:

    To activate a solver please select Hint option from the menu. If pencil marks are wrong or incomplete, then they will be updated. In this case go back to the menu and select Hint again. If all your pencil marks reflect possible candidates for the puzzle, then one of the possible strategies will be executed to suggest next possible move.

    Naked vs. Hidden Tuples
    Tuples is a mathematical concept - describing a set of elements. In case of Sudoku it refers to a set of candidates that appear in a certain set of cells. Usually in Sudoku we restrict it to a set of 1 (singles), 2 (doubles), 3 (triples) or 4 (quads). If X cells in a group contains X candidates (and no others) then those candidates can be safely removed from any other cells in that group. This combination called naked tuple.
    On the other hand there is a case when X candidates are restricted to X cells (that may contain other candidates as well). Any other candidates are invalid for those X cells and can be removed. This combination is called hidden tuples. Please review different example of naked and hidden doubles and triples that our puzzles can contain.
    Naked Singles
    The easiest strategy to explain - the cell may contain only one possible value. All other values are excluded because they already assigned to other cells in the group (row/column/box).
    Hidden Singles
    Certain option appears only in one cell in any particular group (row/column/box). That cell can contain other candidates, but no other cell in the group contains this option. In this example option 6 can only appear in one cell (column 4) in the last row on the image.
    Naked Doubles
    In this case you need to spot 2 cells that contain to same candidates (in the example - box containing 8 and 9). Since both of those values restricted to only those two cells, it means that no other cells in that group (box/line) can contain those values any more.
    Naked Triples
    Very similar to naked doubles. The thing to watch for is that not all 3 cells may contain identical candidates; some may contain only subset of possible values. In this example top row can contain only 1 and 2 whereas bottom row cells can contain 1,2 and 6. However only those 3 cells can contain any of those candidates. That means that no other cells in the box can have them.
    Hidden Doubles
    Two candidates are restricted to 2 cells in the group. Those cells may contain other candidates but no other cells in the group contain those two candidates. That means that those two cells can't contain any other candidates.
    Hidden Triples
    Similar to Hidden doubles - 3 possible candidates are restricted to 3 cells in the group. That means that no other candidates are allowed in those cells.
    Box/Line Reduction
    This technique refers to an intersection of box and line. When some option can't be found anywhere else in one of those intersecting groups, it is also invalid anywhere else outside the intersection in another group. In this example option 1 can be only found in the top row of the middle box. That means it's invalid anywhere outside middle box on the top row
    Fish (X-Wing)/Swordfish/Jellyfish
    In this technique you need to find an option for 2 columns that only valid on intersection with 2 rows and nowhere else on those 2 columns, but valid somewhere else on those 2 rows (see example). In this case the option can be removed from any other place it is still valid on those two rows. The pattern can be transposed. In general case, any option if an option is only valid on 2 groups in intersection with other 2 groups, it can be removed from any cells in those 4 groups other than the intersections.
    The pattern can be applied for intersection of 3 groups with 3 other groups (Swordfish) or intersection of 4 groups with other 4 groups (Jellyfish). For additional detail on identifying and solving those techniques please check or
    XY Chain
    This is one of more complicated techniques. It deal with chains that connect bi-value cells - cells that only have 2 candidates and begins and ends on the same candidate. Then all the cells in the intersection of all possible groups in the beginning and ending cells of the chain can't contain this particular candidate.
    In the example we start the chain with candidate 3 in the R1C7, link it to candidate 9 in R1C7. From there we go to R1C5(9) -> R1C5(8) -> R3C5(2) -> R3C2(2) -> R3C2(3). As you see two consecutive links in our chain either share a cell or connect same candidate between two cells that belong to the same group. As a result, except for the R1C7 and R3C2, no other cells in either rows 1 and 3 and boxes 1 and 3 can contain candidate 3.
    For additional detail on identifying and solving those techniques please check or
    Nice Loops
    Nice loops is one of the more generic Sudoku solving techniques. Just like XY-Chain it involves identifying chains. Unlike XY-Chain it includes not only bi-value cells (cells that contain only 2 candidates) but also by-location cells (cells that have candidates that occur only twice in some group). Nice loops also need to start and end on the same cell. Then based on either odd or even number of nodes in the loop (continuous vs. discontinuous nice loops), either the beginning candidate is invalid or any other candidates are invalid.
    For additional detail on identifying and solving those techniques please check or

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