Who would’ve known that small and simple games like Angry Birds, Draw Something, Candy Crush and even Flappy Bird (despite its short life) could be the most addictive of them all? If you’re sick of the above games (or in my case, waiting for King to create new levels for Candy Crush) and wish to find a new game to keep yourself occupied, here’s our app of the week, a puzzle game called Threes.
Threes is a pretty simple puzzle game that involves the number three and its multiples. The game consists of a 4 x 4 grid where random numbers will appear like 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 24 and so on, each time you swipe the screen. The objective is to swipe the numbers around and combine them together simply by swiping and pushing them towards the “wall”, a.k.a. the corner of the grid. You will need to put the numbers 1 + 2 together to form 3, and any numbers of 3 and above will only combine together if they are twins, i.e. 3 + 3, 12 + 12, and so on. The aim is to make the highest combination you can and of course, the higher the number you get, the higher the score it provides. There is also a “next” column on the top that shows you what comes next to make things just slightly easier. Sounds complicated? It really isn’t once you get the hang of it. The tutorial provides a pretty clear guideline and for Threes, practice really does make perfect, and the more you play it, the better you’ll become. You will be able to send out challenges to your friends based on your high score and you can even brag your scores out to your friends on Twitter. Sadly, or fortunately for those of you who always gets annoying game requests from friends, you can’t connect to your Facebook account to brag further or to send out challenges.
Be warned though, this game is extremely addictive; who would’ve known that such a simple game involving numbers (and a little math) could have you spending the next few hours hooked to your smartphone? No fancy or striking colors and animations to strain your eyes, no exciting music to make your heart beat faster than it should be. All you need to do is match numbers in a 4 x 4 grid and try to record the highest score possible. Some of the notable features on Three is a Conserve Battery mode that, well, helps you save as much battery while you’re hooked onto the game. You can also toggle the music and sound effect and if you like what you’re listening to, just continue swiping and you will be given a direct link for you to download the album (for iOS at least). All your game history will be stored locally but if you have several iOS devices, all the scores will be stored and synced on all devices via Gamecenter. Unfortunately, Threes is a paid app that’ll cost you USD$1.99. It is available on iOS and good news for Android users, the developer released the Android version just yesterday so if you’re not planning to head out this weekend (because you treasure your lungs too much to expose it to the incredible haze), you know what to do – download the game on the App Store or the Play Store now and show us your highscore!