Sudoku is a fun game, and thus Pure Sudoku has a lot going for it for that reason alone. The program itself, while serviceable, doesn’t do much to impress.
The interface is simple and uncluttered, but is not particularly attractive. A vaguely Asian theme frames a changing background of photos ranging from the Great Wall to Stonehenge. To its credit, the program is very easy to navigate, allowing users to start playing in a matter of moments. Pure Sudoku offers four levels of difficulty, from “very easy” to “difficult.” A variety of functions, including the ability to save games, get hints, and check one’s work, are available. One particularly obnoxious feature of the program is the so-called full-screen mode; this is achieved by changing the monitor’s resolution settings. No thanks.
The actual gameplay is fine; Sudoku is a simple game, and the program does not complicate it needlessly. Users can inelegantly make notes by clicking on a number from the left side of the screen, and then right-clicking to place it in a game square. Overall, Pure Sudoku is neither particularly impressive nor disappointing. Users who’d like to try it should be aware that uninstallation will leave a folder in their system’s program files.