Stay Atari! Part 4: Bob Fossil’s SudokuniverseDecember 11, 2008
Atari ST game releases are very rare these days. Atari ST sudoku games are even rarer. Atari ST sodoku games based in the world of a cult BBC comedy are about as rare as rocking horse shit. Well, maybe not quite that rare anymore as no rocking horse (to my knowledge) has ever feculated, but this year someone has made an Atari ST sudoku game based upon the characters of the BBC’s Mighty Boosh.
- Developer: Sh3 – Reservoir Gods
- Genre: Puzzle
I’m no sudoku fan – not by a long, very dull, logic-pathed, number-filled stretch of the imagination, but I am a Mighty Boosh fan, so I was delighted to see two of my loves united in a brand new release. Who knows? Maybe this will be my first excursion of many into the world of the sudoku?
I won’t bore you with a lengthy description of what exactly a sudoku is, I’ll let Wikipedia do that. I will however tell you that the puzzles in Bob Fossil’s Sudokuniverse are excellently executed and the user interface is very simple, quick and easy, as it should be for a game like this. First you click on a square, then click on the appropriate number on the keypad on the right hand side of the screen. A nice little feature is the ability to click on tiny numbers along the top and bottom of each cell, whether to remind you of possibilities or to eliminate incompatible numbers. The only gripe I have is that you cannot input numbers via keyboard nor move the box cursor with the arrow keys, meaning that you must constantly go back and forth across the screen with the mouse.
The music is a nice (but repetitive) rendition of the Final Fantasy theme, and the main sudoku graphics are plain yet functional. The intro and success screens show off some super renditions of Boosh characters, so it is worth completing the puzzles just to see who you will meet next.
If you enjoy the game then remember to send Sh3 (who coded all this in STOS, believe it or not) a postcard, or he will come at you like a bus full of nuns (according to the readme).