Describing Blendoku, a mobile puzzle game from Lonely Few, is simple: it's sudoku with colors. Blendoku is such an intuitive game that reading about its mechanics will take longer than grasping them through experience. Puzzle freaks are advised stop reading now and gobble up this colorful and satisfying gem. Everyone else, read on for all the convincing you'll need!
Your objective is to restore order to a partly-empty grid. Instead of numbers you work with colored blocks, tapping and then placing them on the grid so the shades correctly segue from light to dark or from color to color. The simplest puzzles have you arranging shades in order from light to dark, while later grids require you to consider the transition between entirely different colors and demand that you manage multiple intermediary shades. With 400 puzzles to solve, ranging from super-simple to break-your-phone tough, there's no shortage of challenge.
While sudoku demands of its solver logic and persistence, Blendoku is a more intuitive affair requiring an acute sense of visual harmony and perhaps a bit of training in color theory. There are negatives to this right-brained approach: there's nothing concrete to guide you towards resolution except a sense that things aren't quite in order. Logic won't help you here. Yet seeing a Blendoku puzzle slowly click into place provides a satisfaction up there with the best in the genre. Graphic designers and artists of all types: your new addiction just might be here.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPhone 4S. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.