According to scientific studies, there are huge benefits for mental health when it comes to playing Sudoku. Improving your memory, reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and increasing concentration power are only a few of those benefits.
In the classic version of Sudoku, the goal is to fill a 9×9 grid with the right digits so that each of the rows, columns, and subgrids will contain all of the digits from 1 to 9.
Based on an early mathematical analysis concept from 1782
The merit belongs firstly to the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, who developed in 1782 the mathematical analysis concept that Sudoku is based on. However, it was needed for the work of Howard Garns to modify the concept a bit to create a numbers game in 1979 that was called ‘Number Place’.
Too many Sudoku puzzles for a lifetime
To get an idea of how much Sudoku evolved over the years, we must remember that there are much more than one billion related puzzles in existence. There are so many Sudoku puzzles that a person cannot complete all of them in an entire lifetime.
Not a mathematical game
It’s a widespread bias that Sudoku is a mathematical game because it deals with numbers. That’s not true, as the numbers puzzle is only a game of logic that greatly stimulates our minds.
A massively popular numbers puzzle
If a game isn’t too popular, you won’t have who to choose as game partners, obviously. Luckily enough, Sudoku doesn’t fit that description at all. Only in the USA, the numbers puzzle has an incredible fanbase of about 167 million people who played it at least once. Sudoku was invented in Japan in 1984, which means that the game is significantly more popular in Asia.
One minute and a half: the fastest time to complete a Sudoku
A man named Thomas Snyder from the USA set the Guinness World Record in 2006 for the fastest time to complete a Sudoku with a difficulty grading of Easy. He solved the puzzle in 1 minute and 29.93 seconds.
Another important thing to remember is that Sudoku now has many variations compared to when it was first released. We can mention Jigsaw Sudoku, Samurai Sudoku, Mini Sudoku, and many more. All of them will be a delight as long as you get used to the classic version of Sudoku.