Lines. Numbers. Grids. A full-on test of the mind. That’s what we’re getting in the latest instalment of the Puzzle by Nikoli W series of games, as Hashiwokakero comes to the fore.
You could be mistaken for thinking that the multiple releases in the Puzzle by Nikoli W series are all similar. And frankly, you’d be right. All seem to work around specific grid puzzle boards as you are left to work in a load of numbers, and the odd line or so, as you grind your way through the mind-benders on offer. It’s been the case for pretty much all of these games, as the Nikoli W titles have moved on from standard Sudoku to Akari, Nurikabe, Slitherlink and Heyawake.
It’s not just the names that are getting more complex either.
We’ve never heard of Hashiwokakero, but the launch of Puzzle by Nikoli W Hashiwokakero certainly feels familiar. See, once again, should you pay up the mere £3.99 in asking price, you’ll be treated to a game that throws a ton of puzzles at you, this time with the Hashiwokakero rules to play by.
The plan is to build bridges, with board numbers signalling where and when that bridge can be built. Diagonals are frowns upon, bridges cannot cross, but it’s up to you to fill your board nonetheless.
If any previous Puzzle by Nikoli W games are anything to go by, Hashiwokakero will drop them your way at a relentless pace, ensuring that it’s easy to either dip in and out as you decide, or fire off hours of puzzling action in one hit. We’ll let you know what we feel best when we review Puzzle by Nikoli W Hashiwokakero on Xbox.
If you wish to get involved for yourself, either as a newbie who is coming in fresh to the Nikoli W series, or as a veteran getting off on numbers and lines, you should find that the Xbox Store will sort you out with the required download that you need.
Let us know if you decide to work your mind with this one.
“Hashiwokakero” is a puzzle in which the numbers resemble islands, through which you draw lines resembling bridges. You have to take the entire board into consideration while progressing piece by piece. You do need to pay attention for this puzzle, but it can be solved smoothly and nicely.