How Do You Play Sudoku?

Many people come across Sudoku without having a single clue on how to accomplish it or even how to start at all. Some people who attempt to play this puzzle may think at first that it involves mathematical solutions because of the presence of numbers placed inside boxes. The very common question that pops to most people’s minds is “How do you play Sudoku?” As you move on reading this article, you shall learn more about one of the most-played puzzles in the world. Let us discover not only the basic rules of Sudoku but also some other facts about it.


Sudoku, which means “single number”, first appeared on print in Japan. Created by a Japanese puzzle company, this number puzzle became a hit in the said country and was made very well-known by 1986. Thus, the very first players of this puzzle were the Japanese people. It was only a matter of time, however, before it started to become a globally-known puzzle.


Sudoku’s popularity not only stayed in Japan; it then started to “invade” the world. People form various countries and races began to play Sudoku because of its challenging and entertaining nature. Some Sudoku players describe it as very addictive and intellectually stimulating. It enables every player to exercise his or her logical skills while trying to complete the puzzle. So when you allow yourself to try playing Sudoku, do not be surprised if you find yourself obsessed with it.


When you first set your eyes on a Sudoku puzzle, you will immediately see numbers and boxes. You will also notice that some of the boxes are filled with those numbers while the others are not.


Although a Sudoku grid is incompletely filled with numbers, you do not need to apply mathematics in order to complete the puzzle. In Sudoku, logic and patience are two of the most important tools any player is required to have (aside from a pen or pencil, of course). Classic Sudoku is not a mathematical quiz but a number-filling puzzle where you must place the appropriate numbers, ranging form 1 to 9, into the unfilled boxes laid within a partially completed 9 by 9 grid. Some Sudoku puzzles can be solved easily (taking you only a couple of minutes to complete), while some puzzles can be very puzzling (taking you hours – or even days – to complete).


Despite a particular Sudoku puzzle’s level of difficulty, the main aim is to correctly fill the blank boxes with numbers 1-9, making sure that every row, every column, and every sub-square (a 3 by 3 box within the 9 by 9 grid) holds a particular number not more than once. It is that simple.


Throughout the years, Sudoku has become so popular and well-known a puzzle that it gave birth to many Sudoku variations. Two of the many variations which were patterned from the classic 9×9-grid Sudoku puzzle are the Mini Sudoku and Mega Sudoku. Their puzzle nature and rules are similar to Classic Sudoku. They only vary in grid size; Mini Sudoku may either have a 4×4 grid or a 6×6 grid and Mega Sudoku may either have a 12×12 grid or a 16×16 grid. 


Sudoku can be played by anyone. Whether you are a child, a teenager, an adult, or even elderly, you can always enjoy this number-placing puzzle. For beginners, it is more advisable to use a pencil with eraser instead of using a pen or any permanent markers, so that you can easily erase a number when you have the opportunity to do so.

So to answer the most common Sudoku question “How do you play Sudoku?”, all you need to do is to follow its very brief and easy rules. You should also add some logical thinking and patience to complete a Sudoku puzzle. Just go on filling those boxes. If you stop and lose you patience right away, you will never be able to complete it.