Mastersoft Kakuro

Mastersoft Kakuro

Kakuro is game that originated in Japan and it is billed as “Sudoku’s big brother”, with good reason. It’s basically a crossword puzzle using numbers. Each column and row is preceded by a number, which is the sum of the numbers that the corresponding column or row will contain. The player’s job is to full in all of the missing numbers, using pure logic. No number can be used twice in the same run (or section). It’s a great game and this iPhone implementation provides a number of features that are quite useful and sometimes necessary, such as potential candidate entry, breadcrumbs, and color-coding. The game is wildly popular in Japan and I see no reason why it couldn’t become popular here, unless as a people, we’re just too stupid.

Update: While I’m still a big fan of Kakuro and I love the features this version includes, the further I got into it, the less I like the Mastersoft’s puzzle design. I much prefer the design of the Kakuro puzzles included in Gameloft’s Platinum Sudoku (which is no longer available in the App Store, AFAIK) and Kakuro Mania. Rating lowered accordingly.

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