There are tons of Sudoku variations in the Kindle game collection. Strimko is my favorite. The logic of it is a little more interesting than a basic Sudoku grid.
The game set up is a grid with a set of circles in rows and columns. Each circle contains a number ranging from 1-7. The beginning grids are 1-4. Each circle is interconnected throughout the grid. So, you have the added challenge of making sure the numbers don’t overlap in the connections that are interspersed throughout the grid on top of numbers going vertically and horizontally.
When you first enter Strimko, the grid has a few numbers already set up to get you started. The easy levels are great for beginners. I completed my first puzzle ever in about three minutes. It will take me awhile to get through the harder levels. So, it provides a good number of puzzles for a good price.
The graphics are excellent. They are so clean and easy to see. Review the instruction manual if you need to to get the gist of the game. Everything is pretty intuitive. Use the keyboard numbers to insert numbers into each circle.
There are annotations available if you need them. Just press the Kindle’s 5-way toggle to open them up. They create multiple small circles for you to make notes in.
Navigation in Strimko is quite simple with the use of a combination of the 5-way toggle button and the keyboard. Strimko is in my opinon, one of the most well designed games for the Kindle. I really don’t have any major criticisms to report for it.
“The user interface works for me, and without the frustrations I get trying when using any of the Sudoku games. The hints are readily available when you get stumped (which does happen when you’re still learning). And you can reset a puzzle when you make a mistake — or, even better, when you’ve had to use too many hints and want to go back after a period of time to see if you can now improve your performance. This is an elegant puzzle.”
“But the game itself is a lot of fun. A simple set of rules, a clear objective and its the type of game you can play, pause and pick up again when you get another few spare minutes. There is some discussion of various solving techniques on the authors’ web site if you want to jump beyond basic strategies.
Included are 90 or so boards of various difficulties- so its 20-30 hours of play for a pretty nominal price.”