Benny looks at the roll and write that adds a puzzely Sudoku element – Cat Sudoku.
Designer: Ta-Te Wu
Welcome friends! Something that has been intriguing to me is the overlap of roll and write games and puzzles. Talking with Ryan, Tom, and Odin on the Go Forth and Game podcast helped me further deepen this connection in my mind.
Today, we are looking at the exact center point of the Venn diagram of games and puzzles. Cat Sudoku, which is a free download and available via the designer, Ta-Te Wu (https://www.facebook.com/CatSudoku/) by all accounts he sounds like a very nice guy and does a very good job of making games accessible to different skill levels (see also A-Plus game).
Cat Sudoku uses 4 dice that are rolled each round. The player must mark 1 of the die values on the round tracker at the top of the sheet. The value that is marked is considered “Wild” for the round. All 4 values must be written on the sheet in empty boxes so that each number is in its own box. The goal for maximum points is to fill in the die values so that no 2 (or more) are the same in any column or row, similar to Sudoku.
Early on, placing all 4 numbers is a piece of cake. Unless your cat is currently laying on the play sheet or has knocked your dice from the table. In which case this will be harder for you.
As the game progresses, the spaces become tighter and rolling certain numbers can be extremely disheartening. “But I needed a 4!” In all though, the randomness of using dice serves to further enhance the puzzle mechanism. There may be nothing you can do with certain rolls, on the other hand, there is an opportunity for strategy whereby you’ll want to leave certain spaces open and fill in others.
With varying difficulties and plenty of challenging puzzles, this one will surely scratch the itch of puzzle doers and roll n write enthusiasts! The game works solo or as multiplayer as well.
From the designer: “It’s perfect for people who love cats, Sudoku, roll and write and light puzzle games.” Better than I could have said it! Definitely check these out, you may find that they’re a purrfect fit for quick, puzzly fun!
Cat Sudoku will be on Kickstarter later this year.
About the Reviewer: Benny is the game designer behind Yakitori and Bones of the Caribbean. Lover of roll and write games, husband, and father of three. When Benny isn’t playing or designing roll and writes, he can be found gardening in his fruit and vegetable garden. Benny Sperling can be found on Twitter at @benny275.