What is The KenKen Game?

In this article, I will explain about a new puzzle game called as KenKen game. I will explain rules of the game and how we can play this game. KenKen game s mathematical and logical abilities. KenKen can be played online through various websites.

KenKen Game


KenKen is a mathematical puzzle game. In 2004, Tetsuya Miyamoto invented the game. Tetsuya Miyamoto is a Japanese teacher. This game is also known with various names such as MathDocu, KenDocu and CaluDoku. This game is becoming popular now-a-days. Over the world, this game is published in nearly about 40 newspapers. KenKen increases players mathematical and logical abilities.

This game can be played in various grids like 3X3, 4X4, 5X5, 6X6, 7X7, 8X8 and 9X9. The 5X5 grid means, the box have 5 rows and 5 columns.


1. Each row and column contains exactly one number i.e. no number is repeated in row or column.

2. If you want to play in 5X5 grid, then you can fill number from 1 to 5 only.

3. Each bold shaded group of cells called cage.(refer Typical KenKen game) There is a target number written in upper left corner in one cell of the cage with a mathematical operators (+, -, *, % (division)). You have to use that mathematical operator on numbers to get that target number.

4. You can repeat the numbers in the cage but you cannot repeat that numbers in that row or column.

How to Play

In attachment, consider first cage (bold lined) which have the number 11 and mathematical operator is '+'. This means that addition of two numbers should be 11. The possible number which we can fill are 9,2 or 2,9 or 3,8 or 8, 3 or 7,4 or 4,7 or 6,5 or 5,6. Now consider second cage which have the number 2 with mathematical operator '%'. This means that division of two numbers should be 2. The possible numbers are 2,1 or 1,2.

KenKen can be played online. You can get the link on good link to play KenKen game.

Enjoy the playing game and increase your mathematical ability.



Author: Medha Srikanth02 Jun 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

O really..
I have never heard of this earlier.

Good post.

Medha Srikanth

Author: Tushar03 Jun 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 0

That's why I posted this article.You can follow that website to play online.

Author: Kiran11 Jun 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Hi Tushar,

Really, i also had not heard about this game before. Thanks for giving the information about this. Very nice post this is. Keep posting like this and giving such useful information on mhs.

With best regards,
Kiran Daware.

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