Under the Microscope: Wrangler

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Title: Wrangler – Price: 5ukp – Developer: Sine Nomine Softwarehitorikakuro

To celebrate the recent release of version 1.03 of Sine Nomine Software’s mathematical puzzler Wrangler, I thought it would a good to take an in-depth look at the title, nine months or so after its initial release last April.

Wrangler is developed by the same folks that brought you SuperDoku. Wrangler brings a number of spicy new puzzles to the table, some of which are just darn devilish to play, there’s Kakuro, Cross Sums, Shikaku (so many puns, so little time) and brand new to version 1.03, Binary.

It has many of the same features as SuperDoku, you can design your own puzzles, or if you’re really lazy, have puzzles made for you at three levels of difficulty. Wrangler will give you hints on how to solve puzzles, solve a single cell, or solve the whole puzzle for you. You can also leave a puzzle half way through and come back to it later on, handy.

A nice little feature I’m quite fond of is Wrangler’s ability to export puzzles as Draw files, so that they can be printed and completed away from the computer. There’s also a handy notepad window that you can use to scribble notes and hints to help you complete the puzzle.

Right, let’s get down to the puzzles. Kakuro produces some puzzling arithmetical crosswords for you to get your head around. Shikaku fills the puzzle grid with rectangles so that each contains one numbered cell and exactly that number of cells. Cross Sums produces a grid with three horizontal and three vertical sums crossing over each other, the objective is to place the numbers 1-9 to fill in the gaps to make the answers come out.

Binary puzzles, the newest addition to the Wrangler family, requires you to complete a grid with the numbers 0 and 1 in a way that each row or column must contain equal numbers of 0 and 1 and has no more than two consecutive cells in a row or column may contain the same value. Sounds easy? It’s not.

It’s evident from the moment you play Wrangler that a large amount of care and time has gone into the making of this neat little puzzler. It follows the same pattern of ease and simpleness as SuperDoku, making it not only a joy to play, but quick to pick up and easy to use.

Version 1.03 is free to download for registered users, Wrangler, although free to download, costs 5ukp for the full version.

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