Icosoku: Sudoku on steroids
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Icosoku: Sudoku on steroids

Ramon Schneider
Zurich, on 30.08.2021

Love Sudoku and want to take your skills to the next level? Then the cube-shaped solo game «Icosoku» is perfect for you!

When I’m listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks, I usually need to keep my fingers busy, too. Sometimes I clean the apartment, cook myself dinner, or sit down for a solo game. However, I stopped using the Perplexus a long time ago. And my Rubik's Cube is also gathering dust in the corner. Because I soon get bored with games, I keep having to get new ones. The latest solo game on my desk is «Icosoku».

Icosoku is a cube-shaped Sudoku. An icosahedron, to be precise. It’s one of the five Platonic solids and consists of 20 equilateral faces and 12 vertices. You can randomly stick yellow numbers from 1 to 12 on the corners. This leaves you with various triangular tiles with different points. For these points you have to add the matching corner number. For example, if a yellow corner says 6, you need to make 6 points with the surrounding triangles. While this is quite easy to begin with, the more tiles you’ve placed, the harder it gets to find the matching triangle.

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Although I'm no Sudoku master, I enjoy solving these number puzzles from time to time. Combined with a little overconfidence, I got the Icosoku. Unfortunately, the game is more difficult than expected. I usually make it to the last three tiles and then have to remove triangles that have already been laid. Or I start all over again. The number of possibilities seems endless, but there’s still only one correct solution. This cube can easily compete with the world’s most difficult Sudoku.

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I don't want to admit defeat yet and will pick up the Icosoku every now and then in the next few weeks. Probably while listening to a podcast. But to be honest, I predict the same fate for this game as for its solo game predecessors: sooner or later, it’ll end up in a corner, accumulate a layer of dust and eventually end up at the flea market.

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Ramon Schneider
Ramon Schneider

Junior Editor, Zurich

Riding my motorbike makes me feel free, fishing brings out my inner hunter, using my camera gets me creative. I make my money messing around with toys all day.

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