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FlowDoku is a creative spin to the classic numerical-crossword game, Sudoku. Similar to its predecessor, the goal is to fill in each puzzle with a certain number of shapes in each row, column and box. In each box, the deemed matching shapes must be next to each other, while the circles may be left alone. Each puzzle has only one solution, so play carefully and smartly. If you make a mistake, need help or want a clean slate, the “roll back” (undo), hint and reset buttons will be at your disposal during the game. Your overall stats will be recorded and will keep track of the number of completed puzzles, completion percentage for each grid size, your best and worst times, the average time spent completing a puzzle and the cumulative total time for all attempts. FlowDoku initially allows you to play over 250 free puzzles. As you complete more puzzles, you will be compensated with Gems, which can be used to unlock more puzzle packs. By logging in with your Google+ account,…

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FlowDoku puts a modern twist to the puzzle game, Sudoku, with four different grid sizes, five levels of difficulty and over 700 puzzles to choose from.

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FlowDoku is a creative spin to the classic numerical-crossword game, Sudoku. Similar to its predecessor, the goal is to fill in each puzzle with a certain number of shapes in each row, column and box. In each box, the deemed matching shapes must be next to each other, while the circles may be left alone. Each puzzle has only one solution, so play carefully and smartly. If you make a mistake, need help or want a clean slate, the “roll back” (undo), hint and reset buttons will be at your disposal during the game.

Your overall stats will be recorded and will keep track of the number of completed puzzles, completion percentage for each grid size, your best and worst times, the average time spent completing a puzzle and the cumulative total time for all attempts. FlowDoku initially allows you to play over 250 free puzzles.

As you complete more puzzles, you will be compensated with Gems, which can be used to unlock more puzzle packs. By logging in with your Google+ account, you can track your achievements and see how you match up with your followers and other players on the Google Play Games leaderboard.  You will need to watch the tutorial upon opening the app for the first time. This game will take you on a step-by-step tutorial accompanied with a practice game before you get to the main menu screen. Otherwise, you will be lost. Once you complete the introductory tutorial, you will have four grid sizes to choose from (6×6, 8×8, 9×9, 10×10), along with five difficulties ranging from very easy to diabolically “evil” puzzles.

So, how does this game differ from Sudoku? It provides the same logic-based challenge and strategy without dealing with a lot of numbers and multiple input modes. In this game, there is no need to worry about constantly switching between the keypad and game board with the app’s minimalistic tap-to-set and drag-to-paint touch screen controls. This will lead to less cumbersome and faster gameplay.

The developers’ goal to help everyone learn how to play this game in the simplest and least frustrating way possible is shown through the tutorials, help features such as highlighting mistakes while completing a puzzle and links to strategy tips and Frequently Asked Questions. FlowDoku is very user-friendly and caters to its players with its ability to save your progress on multiple puzzles whenever you exit the app. This game also accommodates to the time you are playing the game so you won’t have to strain your eyes during the daytime or nighttime with a choice of two background color schemes, light and dark.

FlowDoku is the ideal game to play if you just want to sit back and relax with its calming, ambient soundtrack, casual gameplay and a simplified yet appealing graphical user design.  With over 700 puzzles available, it’s going to be a while before you will get bored of playing this game. This app has enough puzzles for you to play a puzzle a day for over one and a half years. FlowDoku is free to download in the Google Play store and any in-app purchase turns off the ads. The prices for in-app purchases range from 99 cents up $5.99.

App Name: FlowDoku

Developer: HapaFive

Market: Google Play, iTunes

Cost: Free

Dexter Johnson

Dexter is a recent graduate from Hampton University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Broadcast Journalism. He has had experience in directing, producing and filming several shows and productions for his alma mater's campus-wide television station. In addition to contributing to App Review Central, he is also the administrator for The Blog Is Right: Game Show Reviews And More.

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