Two sudoku champions have conspired to create the most amazing-looking, captivating sudoku variations the world has ever seen! Each puzzle is a work of art, with unique rules and eye-popping graphics, all inspired by—but going far beyond—traditional sudoku.
This is the pinnacle of sudoku-meets-art that every fan will be clamoring for!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With its embossed cover, elegant end papers and nifty square design, this is easily the most attractive sudoku book I've ever seen. The elaborate hand-designed puzzles make it a pleasure simply to browse the book before even beginning to work them.
The puzzles themselves present a great variety of sudoku variations. Some times this means creating extra constraints which are needed to solve the puzzle, but in most cases the variation involves a modified layout. The basic idea of having rows, columns and cells with unique numbers is maintained, but the cells take on odd, irregular shapes while the columns and rows twist, turn and jump around in very unusual configurations. You're constantly treated to the novelty of a new variation since most variations are only used in 2-4 puzzles before moving on to a new one. A few of the puzzles are of moderate difficulty, most are advanced, and some near the end are pretty extreme. With enough work, however, all of them can be worked...
The creativity going into these puzzles is first-class. Some are fairly simple to solve, others quite challenging. And there's no difficulty rating on the various puzzles, which means each time you take on a challenge, its a surprise. To me, this is a definite plus!
But one thing that often bothers me about puzzle books is that the binding makes it difficult to flatten the book without damaging the spine or causing the pages to detach from the binding. This book, though, is extremely sturdy. Binding is stitched, not just glued. And the paper is substantial enough that I can erase and rework the puzzles a few times without rubbing through the paper or erasing the ink. So all in all, a very nice package.
This book contains weird sudokus. Period. But in a good way...
Firstly, it stands out from the other 99% of typical computer-generated dull sudoku books. Secondly, I value presentation and the artistical element in puzzles as much as the logic of the solve. Sudoku masterpieces is presented elegantly and the puzzles inside contains some of the most creative sudokus you will ever see. Kudos to the two sudoku champions who lived up to their standards.
What lost the 5th star for me was that some sudokus felt like 'work' rather than puzzles. I still recommened this book to puzzle lovers, maybe too straining for newbies but do give it a try. I forward the recommendation to other books by Snydey and Huang - their ability to construct puzzles is magnificent.
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