Take a look at a sudoku grid and the first thing that comes to mind is probably “numbers puzzle”. But if the mere thought of maths gives you cold sweats, then good news: sudoku is far more about logic and reasoning than any numbers-based sorcery. It’s truly a game that everyone can enjoy — numbers whizz or not! Why not print out some sudoku grids here and try it for yourself?
Here’s what you’ll need to play:
- A printer
- Some paper
- A pencil to fill in the grids (or a pen if you’re feeling super confident about your answers!)
How to play sudoku
The objective of sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid in such a way that each column, row and sub 3×3 grid contains all numbers from 1-9. Confused? Here’s an example to clear things up: if you’ve written the number 7 in the first row, you wouldn’t be able to put it anywhere else in that row. Keep this golden rule in mind and you’re well on your way to becoming a sudoku supremo!
Some other bits to bear in mind…
-Each sudoku grid will have a number of squares already filled out for you; the age-old rule that none of the same number can appear in a column, row or 3×3 individual grid still applies. Be aware that the harder the game, the fewer the numbers that will be pre-filled in the grid!
-Sudoku is a game that rewards patience, memory skills and logical thinking above all else. Scattering random numbers across the grid is likely to lead to a lot of heartache and scrunched up paper! Remember to use the filled-in parts of the grid to help work out which remaining numbers might fit where. If it’s not clear which number should go in a certain space, you could try looking at what might work in a different spot first.
Above all, enjoy the games! And when you’re ready for an even tougher challenge, head over to the next level here.