Release Date: 3/12/2014
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Mobile gaming hits are usually casual friendly like Angry Birds, Farmville, Flappy Bird, and many others. Most of those games are fairly mindless and don’t require much thought. Along comes, Threes, a game that requires strategy and thinking and that is beyond just a simple tile sliding game.
Threes is simple, minimalistic, and quite charming. The board is made up of 16 tiles. You get 6 random tiles made up of numbers 1, 2, or 3. You must slide these tiles into each other to add them up. If you slide to left everything on the board will slide to the left. This single gameplay element is what departs it from regular slider puzzles. With this in mind, you have to be careful to slide all the tiles in the right direction. Once you get 3 you can slide 3 and 3 together to make 6. Two of those makes 12 and so on. However, the higher number you have the harder it is to get another number like it together to join those two. It’s a brilliant gameplay design that gets extremely addictive.
It takes a lot of practice and sliding randomly won’t get you anywhere. You can easily gridlock yourself without even realizing it if you aren’t careful. Thankfully, Threes is pleasant to look at and listen to. Each number tile has its own voice and caricature and the simple washed-out white design is easy on the eyes. Even the music is charming and great to listen to. This is the kind of zen game that Angry Birds or Clash of Clans can’t get to.
Even if you aren’t a fan of numbers or math you are missing out on one of the best mobile games ever made that doesn’t require microtransactions. Even that alone is worth the purchase.