PSP version cover art
Zendoku is a variation of Sudoku, offering a slightly more combative experience than simply lining up numbers. Players must now insert symbols, rather than the standard numbers. Players choose characters and choose to attack or defend against a challenger, which takes place via mini-games started upon filling in a group of numbers. The game is set against anime-influenced backdrops and has a "light-hearted martial arts" theme. The game also offers single-player puzzles.
The UK Nintendo Magazine, ONM praised the DS version of the game for its colourful graphics, but criticized it for the confusing system of using symbols instead of numbers. As well as the minigames feeling tacked on and more of an annoyance, and finished by saying, "One for multiplayer only".
On the other hand, NGamer praised the multiplayer game highly, saying, "The thrill of using logical reasoning to kick someone's arse is a phenomenal experience."
- Zendoku home page
- "Eidos Announces Zendoku" at Zoonami
- Zendoku page at Eidos Interactive
- Zendoku at Metacritic
- Programming Behind Zendoku Puzzle Generation
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