threes
Metacritic: 92/100
Release: Feb 2014
Reviewed on: iOS

Threes!

Site Score
8.0
Good: Free and paid versions – Easy game concept
Bad: Dull over longer game periods
User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Threes! comes from a small team of indie developers with its original release on the iOS platform. Later ported to Android, Xbox One, Windows Phone and made playable in your browser the game is a simple puzzle game about numbers.

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The basic premise of Threes! has players sliding groups of numbers on the four by four grid to make number matches based on multiples of threes. Taking the numbers one and two for example will create your first three while combining two of these basic threes together will create six and so on.

Sliding is accomplished through by sliding your finger in the desired direction which will move every single block in that direction unless it is up against a wall. These walls are important to combining tiles together as well with matches taking place when two of the same numbers (or a one and two) are pushed together.

On the surface these mechanics are simple to learn but planning several moves ahead can take some serious practice. The difficulty of the game comes from the fact that each swipe will add another base number to the game board and quickly fill up the available space. Once there are no available moves the game ends and points are awarded based on the numbers on the board with no points for ones and twos.

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While the game has free versions available players are limited by the number of plays they can have before they’ll need to watch an ad for an additional 3 games. Alternatively the paid versions can give you unlimited numbers of games, both versions are available without in app purchases.

The casual and unique experience of Threes! makes it ideal to play in those 10-20 minutes of time while you wait for something or someone.

Summary:

  • Free to play ad supported options or purchase outright.
  • Play on your phone, browser or console.
  • Master the game mechanics for the ultimate high score.
  • Think several moves ahead to ensure max points.
  • Simplistic design but addicting gameplay.

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Threes!, 7.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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