Jewish Sudoku

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Okay, so maybe the Jewish Sudoku mobile gaming market isn’t huge, but it’s just grown by one – an educational Sudoku puzzle game aimed at educating Jews and Gentiles alike on the basics of Jewish culture. Judoku (pronounced Jew-doe-koo), developed by ACME Digital Laboratories LLC, is not your everyday Sudoku app.

Judoku creator Andrew Charon said “I’ve been creating educational games for companies like General Mills, Colle+McVoy, takemefishing.org and Blue Earth Interactive for many years, and most recently, I created a successful mobile app Sudoku game. My whole life people have asked me questions about Judaism, and then it occurred to me –here’s the opportunity to merge both into one fun user experience! I wanted a captivating tool I could use to teach my own children about Judaism. Learning the Torah was competing for their attention against Angry Birds and Justin Bieber Tweets. I figured if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! That, and frankly, I really just wanted to create something called Judoku,” he added.

The iPad game can be played as a traditional Soduku game, with numbers 1 through 9 ordered across columns and rows, or by using Jewish symbols or the Hebrew alphabet in place of numbers. The game also includes humorous explanations of the Jewish components to further engage and educate players.  Judoku comes with the standard easy, medium and hard levels, but this version of Sudoku might not be as frustrating as the original.  “You might even learn a thing or two about Judaism (or at least as much as you could expect to learn from a Sudoku game. I mean, c’mon… we’re not Moses).” As Charon points out, “When’s the last time you found yourself saying, ‘I just can’t figure out if I should put a menorah or a torah in that corner cell?’

According to Charon, whether or not Judoku will be released for other Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPod, or for Android or Blackberry devices will all depend on the success and the demand for the game from users of those devices. “I’m eager to hear how people are using the game, what they’re finding useful, and just getting their overall feedback. I’m expecting a lot of questions — it’s sort of a Jewish thing.

Features:

  • Huge selection of sudoku puzzles.
  • Three levels of difficulty.
  • Three designs. 1) Hebrew 2) Jewish Symbols 3) Regular Numbers
  • Super easy to use.
  • Error checking
  • Time tracking

AppJudoku by ACME Digital Laboratories

Compatible: iPad only
Category: Games
Released:  July 25, 2011
PublisherAndrew Charon
Price: $1.99  (buy app)

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