Quento!: Could this be the new Sudoku?

Review posted Sat 12 Jan '13  ·  102 comments
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If you have ever read any of Malcolm Gladwell's books you will appreciate the vagaries of the general public. For a start, you can ask yourself why a game like Sudoku took off in such a short amount of time. One minute the only thing that you would find, apart from Peanuts and Hagar The Horrible, on your newspaper's funnies' page was a couple of crosswords. Suddenly, there was a rather taxing little numbers game that sucked everyone in. Now there's at least one Sudoku puzzle in every newspaper. The only trouble is, Sudoku can be a little challenging for some people - especially on the train in the morning when you haven't quite woken up yet.  Quento! has been described as the new Sudoku but has a much simpler concept to its big brother. This challenging but simple free number-puzzle game for iOS is great for your daily dose of brain training.
Quento! is a unique, new puzzle game - for kids as well as adults - that manages to be quite complex despite its pure minimalism. It's a math game that actually gives you the answer and lets you work out how to get there by doing the calculations. It serves very nicely as the daily dose of brain training that many need to start off their day or to get their brain going. It is ideal for education, traveling or just for a quick challenge when you need a break.  Quento is available right now as a free univeral app for iPhone, iPad and iPod
Touch with new versions being built for Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Android, Chrome Web Store and the Mozilla Store. Quento!,  which gets it's name from the Spanish word  'cuenta' - meaning 'sum' or 'count'- and the Latin word 'quintet' - meaning 'group of five,' was originally designed for the author's 7 year-old son and his love of math. The 'group of five' gives a clue to the five-number game that Quento! is. To play, just swipe from a number to a + or - and to another number again. You'll earn a star if it adds up to any of the given answers. But there's a catch. You can only use the indicated amount of numbers and never use a tile twice. For instance, to get to a 7 with 2 numbers you can do 4 + 3 or 9 - 2 but not 5 + 3 - 1. Each round brings a new color scheme and after a few rounds you'll be introduced to a whole new mode of play. Freeplay lets you cruise through an endless set of challenges that you can solve any way you see fit.
Whether Quento! manages to hit the tipping point (thank you for that, Mr Gladwell) or not is in the hands of the Gods and the general public but it certainly looks to have the goods. It's fun, easy to play and pretty addictive and looks as if it will translate well to a print format so i can only see bright things in its future. Judging from its soon come appearance across all of the smartphone and tablet formats, the game looks to me as if it will attract the attention of a lot of people who love a bit of training to keep their brain up to scratch. Is it the new Sudoku? Probably not but i'm a useless gambler so i'll let you be the judge of that.

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