A New Sudoku Board Game
That The Whole Family Can Play!
Du-KO is a new Sudoku board game for 2011. What was once an individual game, now can be played by 1 to 9 players, ages 8 to adult. Competitive, challenging, fun!
What better way to create quality time with your family than to play a Du-KO board game. Take an addictive game and add friends and family. You create an atmosphere of togetherness that often is lost in families today.
Du-KO Sudoku Board Game
I first became aware of Du-KO, when Eric, its inventor, contacted me about his invention. We scheduled a visit to discuss and play his new Sudoku board game that he calls Du-KO. This new game, I predict, will be a popular gift item this year.
Eric told me his new Sudoku game is scheduled to be begin production in August 2011. He left me with a prototype model on loan to review.
How To Play Du-KO
In a traditional Sudoku board game, you solve the whole puzzle. Du-KO is a little different. The object in Du-KO is to solve your section of the board before your opponents solve theirs.
In turn, you place one peg in your designated playing area. If you are correct, the playing piece will fit all the way into the slot. If you are incorrect, then the piece will not fit, and will remain elevated. You will need to move the piece on your next turn.
Setting Up A Du-KO Sudoku Board Game.
Traditionally, when setting up a Sudoku game board, you would place the "givens" on the game board with tiles or writing the numbers on a white board. Du-KO is slightly different.
You select the game by placing three Bower Boards inside the game board. The arrows on each Bower board must face the handle. Each game must have an A, B, and C section. The order does not matter. This assures that you are creating a valid Sudoku puzzle.
You can mix the order of these boards to change the puzzle. Inter-changing the Bower Boards will also change the game difficulty. You need to match the symbol on the board, either a bird or dolphins.
Once your Bower Boards are in place, snap the top on and you are ready to play your first Du-KO board game.
Placing the "Givens"
Each player selects his allotted number of pieces from a bag and places them in his/her grid(s) on the board. If all of your available spaces are taken for a color, then you can place the peg in any common area, the grid(s) that are not assigned to any player.
Du-KO adds a new dimension to playing a Sudoku board game. Randomness and chance! In turn, each player takes a playing piece from the bag and tries to place it in an available spot in his/her assigned grid(s).
You know you are correct, when the piece fits perfectly. This is great feedback. If you made an error, the peg will be elevated. Before you can draw another peg, you must move the elevated peg to another position. Each error delays your solving of the puzzle.
If you cannot place a peg in your assigned grid(s), you then can attempt to place it in the common area available to all players.
If you cannot place the peg in your section or the common area, return the peg to the bag and draw another one provided that you do not have any completed grids.
If you do have a completed grid, you get penalized. Instead of returning the peg to the bag, you place the peg on the table for others to use in their turn.
The first player to complete their grid(s) wins!
Du-KO Game Variations
For Sudoku traditionalists, you can play any Sudoku puzzle you desire. Just remove the Bower Boards and place the "givens" from your newspaper or book. You will not get the feedback the Bower Boards provide, but that is OK. You can solve the puzzle using all the Sudoku techniques you already know without guessing.
The game rules are flexible. If you prefer, you can place all of the color pegs in the cover. In your turn, you can select the peg of your choice. It is your game. Don't like the rules. Change them!
You can even use the cover and play tic-tac-toe!
The game is very well made! Plus, it is MADE IN THE USA! The game is designed with tight tolerances of very durable plastic that is nearly indestructible. You can expect this game to last a lifetime. Four years of thought went into the design, and it shows!
The game is designed as both a carrying case and Sudoku game board. The playing pieces are designed so that even handicapped people without a thumb can grip the pieces by a stem and placed them in their slot.
The cover can be used as a tray to hold playing pieces or you can store it under the game as you play the game.
Each playing piece is a solid color with a number molded into the piece on three sides. The number will be able to be viewed from different angles. This prevents a 6 appearing to one person and someone sitting across the game board thinking it is a nine.
On the prototype as shown above, the numbers are hard to see. Eric tells me that they realized this, and will correct the issue with contrasting colors. This will make the numbers more visible.
Each slot for the playing piece has the candidates molded around. You can use a marking pen to remove candidates as you solve the Sudoku puzzle.
Du-KO is a fun Sudoku board game. Some players who even dislike Sudoku, have changed their minds after playing a game of Du-KO. Elderly people with dementia, who cannot solve a simple Sudoku puzzle, can play Du-KO and enjoy the game.
I expect this Sudoku board game will become a favorite!
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