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The Sudoku Craze: The Origins, Interesting Facts, Rules for Play & a Few Sudoku Games

Sudoku is a challenging, fun and incredibly addictive number game that may very well become the crossword puzzle of the 21st century. Meaning "single number" in Japanese, Sudoku (which is also sometimes called Sodoku, which means "numbers singly") consists of a 9x9 grid (81 squares), which is further divided into 3x3 sub-grids.

sudoku game puzzle fun

This Sodoku game board is ideal for Sodoku lovers -- you don't have to erase the pattern over and over like you do when working on the puzzles in newspapers or puzzle books. The attractive and sturdy wooden box lets you set up the identical puzzle and move the numbered pegs into the sequence pattern to test your solution. Pegs store conveniently inside the box, and best of all it costs under $30!

Learn more about the Sodoku game board now.

In every sodoku puzzle, the player gets a few "givens," which are numbers already filled in on the grid. The rules are simple (and there's absolutely no math involved):

  • Fill in the puzzle so that every row, column and 3x3 sub-grid contains the digits 1 through 9.

  • Each digit, therefore, only appears once in each row, column and sub-grid.

Where Did Sudoku Come From?

Sudoku appeared seemingly out of nowhere and today is incredibly popular in the United States, the UK and many other countries. The original "sudoku" game, however, was called "Number Place," and it first appeared in Dell Magazines' "Dell Pencil Puzzles & Word Games" in 1979.

A retired architect named Howard Garns created the puzzle at the age of 74 (and, sadly, passed away in 1989 before the game experienced its surge in popularity).

Today sudoku puzzles can be found in newspapers, puzzle books, online and in video game form, and range in difficulty from easy to hard. Many variations have also popped up, such as diagonal sudoku, even-odd sudoku and "greater than" sudoku.

Why Sudoku?

sudoku laptop computer game

Sudoku games can be found in newspapers, puzzle books, hand-held electronic versions, and game boards, so pick your favorite style and try your hand at sudoku today (and don't miss the three puzzles at the end of this article, for starters).

Board games and puzzles like sudoku are incredibly good "exercise" for your mind. Challenging your mind to "learn new tricks" and keep on its toes can actually help you prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia as you age. It can also relieve stress and keep you mentally balanced and socially connected.

No matter what style you prefer, electronic or old-fashioned pen and paper, there's a sudoku game waiting to challenge you:

Sodoku Game Board

Try Sudoku Right Now!

Try your hand, and positively challenge your mind, with these addictive and highly entertaining sudoku puzzles -- choose easy, medium or hard.

Easy Sudoku
easy sudoku puzzle

Medium Sudoku
easy sudoku puzzle

Hard Sudoku
easy sudoku puzzle

Recommended Reading

The Amazing Health Benefits of Board Games ... for Adults as Well as Kids

Some Very Fun Exercises for Your Brain ... With an Amazing Little Test at the End


Mathematical Association of America (MMA)

Sudoku: The Game That's Taking the World by Storm

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