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Missing your Sudoku rush? Try this new Twist on the numbers game.

Developer description

Love playing puzzle games?

Can't get enough Sudoku?

Enjoy training your brain and keeping ... More

Editor's review

Published 19 Sep 2018

Do you remember when the Sudoku craze really took hold back in the early 2000's? For a while there it seemed that, no matter where you went, there would be someone sitting next to you playing it. You’d have to say that it was the Candy Crush of its day - albeit with a little more intelligence needed. Bizarrely, the game reached such epidemic proportions that a million dollar drug trial in Australia was aborted when it was discovered that five of the twelve jurors were playing Sudoku rather than listening to the evidence. Naturally, because of its worldwide success, there were a number of spin offs that came to the fore in the ensuing years. One of which was called Shikaku.


The original Shikaku’s objective was to divide the grid to a number of rectangular and square pieces with each piece containing a number that represented the area of the rectangle. However, that game has now evolved itself slightly and has turned into another new game called Shikaku Twist with a couple of significant new rule changes. With this game, the cells connected to each grid do not need to form a square or rectangle any more. What’s more, you get to solve the puzzle in one single line by moving from one connecting square to the next. 


Shikaku Twist is a fun and very addictive game to play if you enjoy logical puzzle games like its big brother Sudoku. You might have seen similar games advertised with more anglicised name like 'Divide By Squares' or 'Divide By Box.' Whatever name it goes by, it's a mind expanding numbers game that's great for improving the powers of logic and is much more mentally rewarding than Pokemon or Candy Crush for kids as well as adults.


So, how do play the game? Well, each level consists of a grid of blocks with some of the blocks containing a number. You start off by selecting a block that contains a number. Now you can select some of the connecting blocks in the grid that are equal to that number. The last square you select must connect to a square with another number. Then you can select the next square and repeat the process. Once all of the blocks have been selected, the puzzle is solved. 


If you love playing puzzle games and are missing your familiar Sudoku rush then Shikaku Twist could well be the way to go. This new game for iOS is a variation on the Shikaku and Sudoku themes and continues the braintraining theme whilst honing your logic skills and keeping your mind active and stimulated. You can choose between 3x3, 4x4, or 5x5 grid sizes for increased complexity and thankfully, you wont have to worry about ads interrupting your train of though between levels. However, if you get completely bamboozled on a level you can refer to the hints to help you solve the problems. Once you have completed the game you can go onto a bigger challenge by heading to the App Store for additional levels. Shikaku Twist is available for free download for iPhone, iPad and the usual iOS devices right now.

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