The Final Frontier

Internet…check.Video Games…check.
Chip installed into your brain that allows you to play Kakuro whenever you think about it…not quite.With the exception of the last example, which is admittedly a bit on the extreme side, Kakuro has conquered (see what I did there?) just about all possible mediums in which someone could conceive of playing Kakuro. Phones, Computers, XBOXs, PS3s, Gameboys have all transformed into outlets for you to satisfy your Kakuro addiction. However, as deep as Kakuro has snuck into the technological bloodstream, there are always some further reaches waiting to be tapped. So, let’s explore some of these untapped areas a bit and see if there is any potential for a Kakuro Conquest (Official “Cheesiest Statement of the Year” nominee).Magazines-A weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or whatever other publication of various Kakuro puzzles, stories, and profiles on some of the more interesting people that play Kakuro.Product Placement- Can’t you just see Bruce Wayne playing Kakuro as Alfred prepares him his breakfast after a long night of Batmaning? Or perhaps Don Draper as he indulges in his typical mid-morning drink before getting back to fulfilling his roles as an advertising executive and a chauvinist? How about Jeff Probst using Kakuro as a test for staying on the island? The options are endless.E-Newsletters- Basically the same idea as the magazine but in digital form.Billboards- Studies show that the best time to play puzzle games is when you’re driving…it’s science.

Airplanes- Seriously, why don’t airlines give you more in the way of entertainment on domestic flights than an uninteresting magazine, a catalog, and the back of the vomit back? They should throw in a booklet of puzzle games like Kakuro to provide entertainment for the thinkers out there.

Brain Chips- The greatness of this idea speaks for itself.

So what do you think? Are any of these feasible? Do you have any ideas? We’d love to hear them.

Kakuro Players Are Not Alone

Those who play puzzles like Kakuro have long been seen as quiet folk who would prefer to spend their time face down in a book of puzzles with a pencil in hand and glasses sitting atop their noses. While I’m sure there are people out there that fit this stereotype to a “t,” I’d venture to guess that most avid Kakuro players probably do not.  In fact, I think that many people out there would relish the chance to partake in the joy of Kakuro (sounds cheesy, I know) with others. Well fear not you Kakuro-loving socialites, there are ways in which you can make Kakuro a social activity.
  • Play it with your kids. See this for more info.
  • Compete. Find a friend and see who can finish a puzzle faster. You could even make it interesting and bet on it if you want.
  • Tournament Time. Start an office pool of sorts. Begin with an easy puzzle and get increasingly more difficult with each passing round. Those who can’t complete the puzzle are eliminated with each passing round. The last person standing wins a prize. Everybody likes prizes.
  • If you can’t beat em, join em. Even if you can beat em, it would still be fun to team up with someone else. Choose a difficult puzzle, one that you doubt you’d be able to do by yourself, and play with someone. After all, two heads are better than one.

The socialization doesn’t have to stop when you start the computer, either. Besides taking the pencils out of Kakuro player’s hands and lifting the angle of their faces, the Internet has done a few more things for Kakuro players, like give them a social outlet through:

  • Facebook. We’ve got a Kakuro facebook page. Like us and connect with other Kakuro players who like us too.
  • Facebook…Again. While you’re at it, why not just play our online facebook game? You can connect with other players there too. Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Comment on our blog posts. Don’t be shy. Comment on our posts and initiate conversations with others who do likewise.

There you have it. Next time you’re in the mood for Kakuro but still want to be social, consider using one of these techniques. If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them.

Kakuro vs. Sudoku

Cats vs. Dogs

PC vs. Mac

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Pepsi vs. Coke

Capulets vs. Montagues

Kakuro vs. Sudoku?

In the long list of great rivalries does the matchup of Kakuro vs. Sudoku really fit in? Probably not…but that doesn’t mean we can’t debate it like it does. Rivals are rivals for a variety of reasons, but one of the most important is that the two are competitive. In other words, there is no clear-cut favorite between them.

People may like both of the options and choosing between the two of them might be quite difficult. For instance there are man people out there who are fans of both Star Wars and Star Trek in equal measure, and having to decide which space saga they prefer would be a difficult, if not nearly impossible task, as they both have their own sets of pros and cons. Kakuro and Sudoku are the same way.

Each game is different and both have their own unique sets of plusses and minuses. And much like the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate, both Kakuro and Sudoku can be enjoyed on their own, without interference from the other. You can play both, and it’s probably a good thing that you do, for as the oft-used quote so eloquently says, “variety is the spice of life.” But we live in a competitive society where things that aren’t natural competitors are pinned against one another just for the sake of seeing who would win.

Yes, it’s gladiatorial and yes, it’s completely unnecessary but our curiosity is killing us and we think it would be a fun debate to have. So we ask you this: In the battle between online Kakuro and Sudoku who wins? Tell us what you think here: