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Sudoku Joy for iOS

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Key Details of Sudoku Joy

  • Sudoku Joy offers unlimited play at seventeen difficulty levels, the most of any free Sudoku app.
  • Last updated on 10/1/2017
  • There have been 6 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

The iPad is a perfect device for Sudoku puzzles. The size, touch screen interface, and ability to quickly download new puzzles on the go make it ideal for the methodical completion of these brain-busting puzzles. But not all Sudoku apps are created equal. Some are mere attempts to cash in on the craze while others are bare bones with almost no training or tutorial options. That's why Sudoku Joy is such an impressive app. Providing a plethora of options, puzzles, and training materials, it is one of the better Sudoku experiences for the iPad on the App Store.

At first glance, Sudoku Joy doesn't appear like it will be all that great of an app. The menus are jumbled, the ads are intrusive, and it's not easy to find any one feature. However, after a few minutes of using the app, we found that the rudimentary interface is much less of an issue as you play the games. There are just too many features here to not enjoy the experience. From training lessons that show you simultaneously how to play Sudoku and use the app, to the daily puzzles and near endless supply of variations, it's a Sudoku lover's paradise.

If the only major issue to be found with Sudoku Joy is the bare bones interface, consider it a victory for Sudoku puzzle lovers everywhere. This is an app that will keep you entertained for hours, whether you've been playing the game with pen and paper for years or hopping from app to app hoping to find a more rewarding experience.

What's new in version 5.2.7

Improved compatibility with newer versions of iOS.

Added support for split view multitasking (when available).

Fixes disappearing digits in wild and weird play.

Fixed on/off sliders in Settings sometimes getting "stuck".

Forcing the screen orientation is no longer available. Please use the system supplied orientation lock.

Now requires iOS 8 or newer.

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Full Specifications

October 1, 2017
Latest update
October 1, 2017
Operating System
iOS 12.1.2
Additional Requirements
Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74
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Sudoku Joy offers unlimited play at seventeen difficulty levels, the most of any free Sudoku app.
Sudoku Joy offers unlimited play at seventeen difficulty levels, the most of any free Sudoku app. This ad supported app offers features comparable to the paid apps. Sudoku keeps your brain sharp, young, and nimble. Relax after a hard day or just pass the time with the puzzle everyone is talking about. Novices will especially appreciate Sudoku Joy. Our tutorial with practice games, extensive feature set, and advanced hint system are ideal if you are just learning Sudoku. Play more, learn to be a better player, find Sudoku Joy. Our multi-stage hint system starts with a gentle reminder to get you back on track, and works up to an illustration of the exact technique to use and how it applies to the current board. Our hints ease those frustrating moments and teach you how to be a better player. Features include: Puzzle generator for unlimited play. Scan puzzles from books/newspaper using camera. Solver helps you with games from the newspaper. Seventeen difficulty levels. Tutorial teaches you new techniques. Large, high contrast digits are easier to read. User interface optimized for fewer touches. Choice of six color schemes. Never covers up the board while you are playing. Infinite undo/redo. Automatic or manual pencil marks. Manually enter games from the newspaper. Automatically saves your game when you get a phone call, switch applications, or lock the phone. Highlighting helps you discover patterns. Game clock; compares your time to other players. Avoids graphic frills that distract from play. Choice of digit styles, including Kanji and Hanzi. Discover Sudoku Joy.