Giveaway of the Day - Sudoku Up 2012

Sudoku Up 2012
April 7, 2013

Sudoku Up 2012 includes millions of different puzzles to keep you entertained for years to come… No need to search for other sources of Sudoku! Sudoku Up 2012 includes five difficulty levels to challenge you. Enjoy the detailed statistics of each game with graphs, 3D pie and bar charts, and tables to estimate your skill level.

Options include total games, current session, series of wins and losses, player’s games won, players’ scores and hi-scores, statistics for all games, won and lost games, and skipped games. With Sudoku Up 2012, you can also print the current game or a range of games, by number or by level of difficulty. You can also print the games solution.

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System Requirements: Windows 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP; 512 MB of RAM or higher; 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher; HiColor 16 bit display adapter or higher
Publisher: TreeCardGames
File Size: 26 MB
Price: $15.95

This software was available as a giveaway on April 7, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

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Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.


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  1. Sudoku Up 2012:


    Sudoku Up 2012 downloads to a 26 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive. To register the game read the read me and copy the provided link into your browser and then fill in the form on the web page (requests name and email, when you click okay a page will appear with registration instructions plus the activation code.

    1. Install
    Double click on the “Setup.exe” file to install Sudoku Up

    2. Open Sudoku Up

    3. From the “Help” menu,
    select “Activate Sudoku Up” or press the CTRL+V shortcut key and
    enter the Name and Activation Code you are given after filling in your details.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file sorts the problem out. The installed game is 58.6 MB in size. and installs to:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Sudoku Up – (minus the x86 on 32 bit computers)

    by default but can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files.

    I’ve only tested the game on Win 7 today and it works fine.


    Sudoku Up Solitaire includes millions of different puzzles to keep you entertained for years to come… No need to search for other sources of Sudoku! Sudoku Up includes five difficulty levels to challenge you. Enjoy the detailed statistics of each game with graphs, 3D pie and bar charts, and tables to estimate your skill level. Options include total games, current session, series of wins and losses, player’s games won, players’ scores and hi-scores, statistics for all games, won and lost games, and skipped games.

    With Sudoku Up, you can also print the current game or a range of games, by number or by level of difficulty. You can also print the games solution.

    Reference accessed HERE April 2013

    Version 6.0 is the latest version (which we are given) includes the following new features: 5 new Backgrounds added i.e. Christmas Gifts, Elegant Fabrics, Grass and Sky, Japanese Room, Spotlights on Stage, and 5 new Fonts and Numbers: Children’s Blocks, Cork, Birds, Fruits, Gift Boxes, and 5 new Grids: Collage, Multi-Colored Wood Frame, Puppies, Spiral Notepad, Spring Scrapbook.

    The Game:

    I’m not going to review the game today partly because we all know what sudoku is and partly because I’m really busy at the moment. Suffice it to say, today’s game has been spruced up by adding some graphical changes, but the actual game is basically the same. Instead of a review I’ve copied some of the information about Sudoku from the wikipedia.

    The Wikipedia’s Definition of Sudoku:

    Sudoku (数独 sūdoku?, すうどく) i/suːˈdoʊkuː/, originally called Number Place, is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called “boxes”, “blocks”, “regions”, or “sub-squares”) contains all of the digits from 1 to 9. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid, which typically has a unique solution.
    Completed puzzles are always a type of Latin square with an additional constraint on the contents of individual regions. For example, the same single integer may not appear twice in the same 9×9 playing board row or column or in any of the nine 3×3 subregions of the 9×9 playing board.
    The puzzle was popularized in 1986 by the Japanese puzzle company Nikoli, under the name Sudoku, meaning single number. It became an international hit in 2005.

    Variants of Sudoku:

    Although the 9×9 grid with 3×3 regions is by far the most common, many other variations exist. Sample puzzles can be 4×4 grids with 2×2 regions; 5×5 grids with pentomino regions have been published under the name Logi-5; the World Puzzle Championship has featured a 6×6 grid with 2×3 regions and a 7×7 grid with six heptomino regions and a disjoint region. Larger grids are also possible. The Times offers a 12×12-grid Dodeka sudoku with 12 regions of 4×3 squares. Dell regularly publishes 16×16 Number Place Challenger puzzles (the 16×16 variant often uses 1 through G rather than the 0 through F used in hexadecimal). Nikoli offers 25×25 Sudoku the Giant behemoths. Sudoku-zilla, a 100×100-grid was published in print in 2010.
    Another common variant is to add limits on the placement of numbers beyond the usual row, column, and box requirements. Often the limit takes the form of an extra “dimension”; the most common is to require the numbers in the main diagonals of the grid also to be unique. The aforementioned Number Place Challenger puzzles are all of this variant, as are the Sudoku X puzzles in the Daily Mail, which use 6×6 grids. The Sudoku X4 family of iPhone/iPad apps combine this “X” variation with the Sunday Telegraph-style interlocking colored nonomino or Jigsaw shapes of nine spaces each instead of the 3×3 regions, providing a total of four different kinds of puzzlesMini Sudoku

    A variant named “Mini Sudoku” appears in the American newspaper USA Today and elsewhere, which is played on a 6×6 grid with 3×2 regions. The object is the same as standard Sudoku, but the puzzle only uses the numbers 1 through 6. A similar form, for younger solvers of puzzles, called “The Junior Sudoku”, has appeared in some newspapers, such as some editions of The Daily Mail.
    Cross Sums Sudoku
    Another variant is the combination of Sudoku with Kakuro on a 9×9 grid, called Cross Sums Sudoku, in which clues are given in terms of cross sums. The clues can also be given by cryptic alphametics in which each letter represents a single digit from 0 to 9. An example is NUMBER+NUMBER=KAKURO which has a unique solution 186925+186925=373850. Another example is SUDOKU=IS×FUNNY whose solution is 426972=34×12558.
    Killer Sudoku

    The Killer Sudoku variant combines elements of Sudoku and Kakuro.
    Alphabetical Sudoku

    Alphabetical variations have emerged, sometimes called Wordoku; there is no functional difference in the puzzle unless the letters spell something. Some variants, such as in the TV Guide, include a word reading along a main diagonal, row, or column once solved; determining the word in advance can be viewed as a solving aid. A Wordoku might contain other words, other than the main word.

    Hypersudoku is one of the most popular variants. It is published by newspapers and magazines around the world and is also known as “NRC Sudoku”, “Windoku”, “Hyper-Sudoku”, and “4 Square Sudoku”. The layout is identical to a normal Sudoku, but with additional interior areas defined in which the numbers 1 to 9 must appear. The solving algorithm is slightly different from the normal Sudoku puzzles because of the leverage on the overlapping squares. This overlap gives the player more information to logically reduce the possibilities in the remaining squares. The approach to playing is similar to Sudoku but with possibly more emphasis on scanning the squares and overlap rather than columns and rows.
    Puzzles constructed from multiple Sudoku grids are common. Five 9×9 grids that overlap at the corner regions in the shape of a quincunx is known in Japan as Gattai 5 (five merged) Sudoku. In The Times, The Age, and The Sydney Morning Herald this form of puzzle is known as Samurai SuDoku. The Baltimore Sun and the Toronto Star publish a puzzle of this variant (titled High Five) in their Sunday edition. Often, no givens are to be found in overlapping regions. Sequential grids, as opposed to overlapping, are also published, with values in specific locations in grids needing to be transferred to others.
    Str8ts shares the Sudoku requirement of uniqueness in the rows and columns but the third constraint is very different. Str8ts uses black cells (some with clue numbers) to divide the board into compartments. These must be filled with a set of numbers that form a “straight”, like the poker hand. A straight is a set of numbers with no gaps in them, such as “4,3,6,5”—and the order can be non-sequential. 9×9 is the traditional size but with suitable placement of black cells any size board is possible.

    A tabletop version of Sudoku can be played with a standard 81-card Set deck (see Set game). A three-dimensional Sudoku puzzle was invented by Dion Church and published in the Daily Telegraph in May 2005. The Times also publishes a three-dimensional version under the name Tredoku. There is a Sudoku version of the Rubik’s Cube named Sudoku Cube.
    There are many other variants. Some are different shapes in the arrangement of overlapping 9×9 grids, such as butterfly, windmill, or flower. Others vary the logic for solving the grid. One of these is Greater Than Sudoku. In this a 3×3 grid of the Sudoku is given with 12 symbols of Greater Than (>) or Less Than (< ) on the common line of the two adjacent numbers. Another variant on the logic of solution is Clueless Sudoku, in which nine 9×9 Sudoku grids are themselves placed in a 3×3 array. The center cell in each 3×3 grid of all nine puzzles is left blank and form a tenth Sudoku puzzle without any cell completed; hence, "clueless". Duidoku Duidoku is a two player variant of Sudoku. It is played on a 4×4 board (i.e. 16 squares or four clusters each containing four squares). The game is followed using the rules of Sudoku. Four numbers are used, and each player consecutively places one number out of the four such that he or she makes no illegal moves. The first player to make an illegal move loses. Reference accessed HERE (you can read more information about the history and popularity of Sudoku by following the reference link)

    Free Sudoku Games:

    Sudoku: Beautiful Mind

    Sudoku: Eastern Wisdom

    Online Freebies:

    You’ll find hundreds of links online just by typing in Sudoku; here’s a few that I selected at random.


    You can be seen a video of Sudoku Up 2012 HERE


    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game discussion section. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed). It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity has the most with over 600 games to choose from.


    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help.

    If you’re looking for something other than today’s game check the didimatic site via THIS link for some brilliant deals.

    Steam has around 40 games on sale at the moment with discounts from 10% to 80%. You’ll find all the deals via the Specials tab on Steams front page HERE. The usual weekend sales include 50% off Omerta City of Gangsters and 85% off Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad (plus a free weekend); though you can get Red Orchestra 2 together with Red Orchestra I and Killing Floor plus all its dlc for around the same price as the Steam deal if you pop over to the humble bundles weekly sale (this deal ends on Tuesday). You get steam keys for all three games for less than $4. The 24hr deal is 75% off the Sniper Elite Collection plus all dlc; the first game is quite old now released back in 2005/6 but the latest version was released last summer and is an excellent sniper game with slow-mo bullet views and interesting bullet impacts when hitting your opponents in certain ways. You can also get the Age of Empires III Complete Collection with 50% off and 75% off Kung Fu Strike: The Warriors Rise and Altitude as well as 50% off the excellent combat flight sim DCS A-10C Warthog

    You’ll find many more game deals from Gamersgate, Gamestop, Greenman Gaming and GOG; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I’ve linked to above (apart from Greenman gaming – GMG).

    There’s a 20% off coupon via GMG that can be used with most digital downloads. You’ll find all the deals from GMG HERE. If you are into the Battlefield series you can now pre-order Battlefield 4 from GMG, but if you are after the ultimate editions that EA offer via their Origin platform you’d be better waiting till its offered via Origin. They always keep the best edition to themselves.

    To be honest there are too many game deals around too list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you for a decent price.

    You can get a free arcade game via Alawar’s game box, just click the free game tab. It changes approximately every month If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles (of which there are at least three live at the moment, and all of which contain some excellent games, or check out the four day sales at IndieGameStand.

    The latest IndieGameStand game will called Pid and action adventure platformer. You can a dollar for this game (used to be able top pay less, but they have limited it to $1 or more now. If you want the extra’s (usually game music, manuals etc) you have to pay the average price.. There’s also several indie bundles over at Each bundle has three games and costs $5 each.

    Most of the bundles retail for around $5 give or take a few dollars, but you can pay as little as a dollar.


    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.


    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — April 7th, 2013 at 3:01 am
  2. After I downloaded and installed, I’m taken to a site encouraging me to buy their product. Then when I click to open the game, a pop up window opens telling me it’s a trial version and I’m only entitled to one shuffle. I close out of the game and another pop-up trying to get me to buy it for 15.95 pops up. :(

    Comment by Cherish — April 7th, 2013 at 3:20 am
  3. Activationcode does not work

    Comment by Wally — April 7th, 2013 at 3:38 am

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