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Sudoku fans rejoice! The classic number puzzles are back with a brand new twist

Many people enjoy filling out a good Sudoku – the number-filling logic puzzles are a newspaper staple and can be really satisfying to work out. But the rules never change and you’re always dealing with a 9×9 grid. That’s where Sudoku Sweeper comes in to shake things up a bit. It brings with it new layouts, different size grids, and something we think has been sorely missing from casual puzzles: bombs.

In essence it’s a simple idea, and we’re surprised it’s not been broached before on the App Store. This new puzzle app takes the basics of Sudoku and combines it with another classic game: Minesweeper. If you had a Windows computer in the 90s you’re probably familiar with Minesweeper, but if not the concept is super simple. You use logic and numbers to figure out which squares on a grid contain a mine. The two mechanics are a great match.

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Like regular Sudoku, each row contains one of every number, and each column does too. The added complexity here is that interlocking colors on the grids also contain one of each number – and each of the above contains exactly one bomb. Tap it and you’re done for.

There’s a huge range of difficulty here, from little 4×4 grids that can be finished in seconds to much bigger challenges. It’s a smartly made mash-up and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of Sudoku or Minesweeper. If you like the sound of it, Sudoku Sweeper can be downloaded from the App Store for $2.99/£2.99.