The contest was created to introduce a new type of sudoku puzzle, the Visual Sudoku, created specially for Konokopia. The Visual Sudoku puzzle is part of a new line of original puzzle books being published by Konokopia. The line of publications includes the Visual Sudoku Puzzle Book, the Visual Sudoku Kids Puzzle Book, the Pattern Squares Puzzle Book and the Pattern Squares Kids Puzzle Book and the Labyrinthos maze puzzle game book, booklets and card.
The contest sudoku puzzles, Hercules Sudoku 1 and Hercules Sudoku 2, are examples of the new Visual Sudoku puzzles. Rather than using numbers, these sudoku use non-numerical graphic symbols, making the puzzles more difficult by requiring more attentiveness and focus from the player.
But what makes the Hercules Sudoku puzzles the world’s most difficult sudoku puzzles is that they are created using 16 distinct graphic symbols. The puzzle is thus made from 16 columns and 16 rows. A standard sudoku puzzle is made from 9 columns and 9 rows and has 9 distinct symbols.
Not all Visual Sudoku use the 16×16 grid. Konokopia’s newest puzzle book publication, Visual Sudoku Kids Puzzle Book, uses a variety of grids that take children of a puzzle journey that begins with the smallest and easiest sudoku puzzles that use a 4×4 grid and ends with the largest and harderst sudoku puzzles that use the 10×10 grid. The book was created to introduce children to the joys of pen-and-paper puzzle games.
The Visual Sudoku Kids Puzzle Book, as well as three other puzzle books, will be available in January and are part of the free prizes awarded to the six winners of the Hercules Sudoku World’s Most Difficult Sudoku Puzzle Contest. Winners will be announced on February 2 on the Konokopia website, http://www.konokopia.com.