Chain Sudoku Light Vol. 1
When a work has an excellent premise, it's always interesting to find variations on the theme. Haydn knew it. Beethoven knew it. Braintonik knew it. Now Conceptis gets on board with another in their popular series of browser versions of pen-and-paper puzzles, and this time the spotlight is on likely the most popular remix of that ongoing phenom, Sudoku. Chain Sudoku Light Volume 1, presented with the same care as the others, is a twisty variant that's very, very fun.
Each puzzle consists of a square-grid of circles in which numbers are filled. Each individual circle is also connected in a chain which contains as many circles as the length/width of the grid. The object is to fill the grid with numbers (1 to 5, or 1 to 6, depending on the puzzle). so that each appears exactly once in each row, column and chain. Use the [mouse] to click on a circle and open a dial pad. Click on the dial pad for the desired number, or the X to clear the circle. Numbers can also be placed by typing. Pencilmarks to keep track of possibilities are also available. The toolbar at the top is for undoing, redoing, restarting, checking answers, showing solutions and saving.
Long-time readers may start to feel the praise is getting repetitive, but there's absolutely no doubt about it: Chain Sudoku light continues Conceptis' streak of excellent releases. The rules and general strategy should be quite familiar to any Sudoku-lover, but however small the differences in concept are, players will have to approach these new puzzles from a different mental direction. This makes for a perfect blend of fresh and familiar in the ol' noggin. Like many of Conceptis' "Volume 1" iteration, the difficulty is generous for beginners, and the included amount of puzzles (here, thirty) are over way too fast. Still, "Volume 1" implies a "Volume 2" is on the way, and, considering the quality, hopefully the authors won't be yanking our chains for too long.