Welcome to the Ultimate Sudoku Sensei Documentation

Here, I will try and guide you through any problems or questions you may have about using the software - just click on the topic to open up some further details!

Donate to the project

If you have played the project and enjoyed playing it, you can throw a donation over to me via http://sourceforge.net/donate/index.php?group_id=189297. My work is free, my sanity isn't, but I won't hold anything against you if you don't donate - I'm just glad somebody is getting the use of my final year project! If you do donate, though, I hope you get your money's worth! and don't be afraid to report bugs!

The Rules of sudoku

There is only really one rule to sudoku - the sudoku grid consists of 9 rows, 9 columns, and 9 3x3 grids. Each of these must contain only one occurrence of the numbers 1-9. The 3x3 grids, rows and columns are each outlined below. You can tell from the example that once you bear in mind the rows, columns and 3x3 grids each accumulate to contain only the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, you can see that the only possible solution for this particular square is 4!

Enter in your own custom puzzle

Click on file/new if you aren't already in "entry mode" (you can tell what mode you are in my referring to the Status box in the top right hand corner), then enter in your puzzle by left-clicking on the squares you want to use. If you have entered an impossible or unsolvable puzzle, the software will let you know when you click on "Start this puzzle".

Click on "Start this Puzzle" to commit to the choices you have put in, and begin the puzzle!

The software will detect a difficulty from the puzzle entered and weigh your final score against this. If if is a more difficult puzzle, you can potentially gain a higher score by completing it in a shorter time.

Generating a New Puzzle

Click on file/new if you aren't already in "entry mode" (you can tell what mode you are in my referring to the Status box in the top right hand corner), then click on "Generate New puzzle".

Select the difficulty of your choice

Then click on "Start this Puzzle" to commit to the choices you have put in, and begin the puzzle!

The software will detect a difficulty from the puzzle entered and weigh your final score against this. If if is a more difficult puzzle, you can potentially gain a higher score by completing it in a shorter time.

Editing the Colour Scheme

The appearance of the software is completed customisable! You can use the view menu to change a variety of colours, and to save and restore to defaults the entirity of the colour scheme. Unless you click on "Save the Current Colour Scheme", your current colour scheme will be lost. If you do click on it, your settings will become the default, which can be retracted, then saved at any point via the "Reset to the default colour scheme" menu item.

Setting up and playing a netplay puzzle

Main points of netplay:

So bearing that in mind, this is the process (and in this order):

  1. Server: Click on the Netplay menu and click on "start new netplay session" and select "server"
  2. Client: Click on the Netplay menu and click on "start new netplay session" and select "client", then enter in the ip address which the person running the server should have given you.
  3. Server: if the connection is ok, the server should now receive acknowledgement of a response from a client
  4. Server: Accept this connection and pick your difficulty
  5. Server: The puzzle is generated, then the timer and screen is disabled until the client's puzzle is also generated
  6. Client: The client's puzzle is generated

That's it!

That's it - you're playing against each other! Click on ctrl+t to send your opponent a chat message (up to 90 characters long) which will appear in their bottom right "our sensei says" screen.

One more thing about netplay - pay close attention to the status text on the bottom left - it contains messages on the progress. For every minute in which you complete more than one square, you deal out a punishment to your opponent! For example, if you complete 4 squares in a minute, your opponent will have 3 random squares on their screen reset and vice versa - the incoming punishment is kept up to date in the status text! May the contest begin, and may the force be with you!

Where can I meet other players for online duels?

Hopefully, if this ever catches on, you can meet people to play against in http://uss.snesreviews.co.uk/chat/!