What I mean is the chase is on for more and better games. As a card player, crossword puzzler and now confessed Sudoku addict, I must say I find this very interesting.
Kakuro or Nurikabe, anyone?
Japanese publisher Nikoli is Japan's most prolific puzzle publisher prints dozens of puzzle magazines. In addition, they ask readers to submit ideas for what would make a good puzzle, then they refine and perfect them, and print them in their magazines.
If you want to be a millionaire, get these magazines, and bring the next big puzzle craze to Europe and the U.S. It helps if you speak Japanese.
While most of Nikoli's games are original, Maki Kaji, Nikoli's chief says but a few are improved versions of older games, like Sudoku and Kakuro.
I've run across Kakuro before. I find it maddening, but perfect if you find yourself on a long flight. Just have a good eraser.
Click on the interactive feature in the NY Times article linked before, and try your hand at Kakuro, Masyu and Nurikabe. I just did.
[Kakuro image via dokakuro.com]