Strimko in Review – Striking Sudoku’s pride
Strimko is an original game developed by Quokka Studios. It isn’t only a totally new and innovative puzzle game, but it definitely is a literal upgrade to the typical Sudoku puzzles that people spend so much of their time trying to complete. Strimko is a great time-killing application for any iPhone or iPod Touch user and we are going to get right into its every detail in this review.
The objective of Strimko is similar to Sudoku; you can’t have a number repeat itself within the respective row and column it belongs to. Here’s the new twist that Strimko brings: you also have the complete “strings” of numbers. Within the same Sudoku-type puzzle, you also must have one of each number available within each string drawn out on the puzzle. Don’t worry, if you still don’t get it the game has a tutorial as well. You use your fingers to fill in the puzzle with the correct number sequences, and once all spaces are filled, you complete the puzzle.
You change numbers by tapping on a filled bubble into which a number wheels pops. The number wheel also gives you the option to switch to “pencil mode” which allows you to manually mark a space with all possible numbers you think can be placed, so you can easily keep track of what fits and not have to switch numbers so much. There is also a hint button available that tell you if numbers are incorrect. It will even fill in a random spot for you if you’re stuck.
Strimko comes packed with a sleek colorful interface. All menu items, numbers, and bars are color coded, and even difficulty settings have unique looks. Visually there is nothing lacking in this application, it does what it needs to, keeps your attention to it with bright colors that don’t strain your eyes, and keep you in the know as to where you are based on color coded difficulties and other menus. There is also iPod control available as the game doesn’t come with built in music.
Strimko is still at version 1.0 and I can’t say I have noticed any bugs, hiccups, or anything else. The game is packed with 100 puzzles ranging from Easy to Master difficulties and there are 20 additional puzzles upon completing the initial 100 (yeah, good luck with that). The Lite version contains 9 unique puzzles and you can download the “Mixed Pack 1” for $0.99 from within Strimko for an extra 15 puzzles in each difficulty setting (that means 60 more puzzles). There is clearly plenty of game play if you have the time.
If you want a good quick pick-up-and-play puzzle game for your iDevice, Strimko is a great app. It is essentially standard Sudoku taken to the next level; if you don’t like Sudoku you definitely won’t like this brain-working game. But, the bottom line is that it is a good app. Try the lite version if you are unsure – you might just graduate to the real Strimko.
|Title:||Strimko||Developer:||Quokka Studios Pty Ltd|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||2.2|
|Price:||$1.99||App Size:||3.4 MB|
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