- Delightful art and music style
- Fun puzzle premise
- Simple but compulsive gameplay
- Random elements can trip you up at times
Never has sliding tiles around a 4x4 grid been as charming - or as fun - as it is in Threes!
- Full Review
- App Store Info
When we first fired up Threes!, we admit that we weren't quite prepared for the charm offensive we were about to receive.
A quick tutorial shows you the basics. To play, you must swipe a group of tiles up, down, left, or right across a 4x4 grid. Pushing a 1 tile against a 2 tile creates a 3 tile. But from there tiles only combine with tiles bearing a matching number - 3 tiles combine with other 3 tiles into 6 tiles, 6s into 12s, and so on.
The aim of the game is to combine highly numbered tiles together to boost your highscore before the grid fills up completely.
Things quickly start to get tricky, however. Swiping left will shift every tile in that row one space to the left. When moved, the tiles will either fill gaps, or combine with other tiles
After each move, a new tile is added to the grid. With only 16 squares available on the grid, you have to make sure that you are regularly merging tiles, and planning future combinations to ensure the screen doesn't fill up too soon.
Herein lies the challenge. While you know that you should be focusing on making sure that you don't swipe yourself into a corner, all you want to do is try to combine the highest numbered tiles to boost your high-score.
Filling the grid and leaving no possible moves left will end your run, something which is almost always a result of your own shortsightedness. Sometimes, however, the value of the random tiles that appear after each swipe can throw a spanner in works. An unlucky number tile can easily stump you, and end a game despite you carefully-laid plans, something which can prove maddening at times.
Despite the frustration this can cause, the game still manages to keep things upbeat. Each of the blocks has its own face and personality, complete with a silly voice and back-story, giving the game a welcoming, jovial tone.
Elegant in its simplicity, but punishing in its challege, Threes! is a beautiful little package. Though there's a random element that holds it back from true greatness, we reckon you'll find yourself hooked on this mathematical brainteaser in three minutes flat.
DescriptionThrees is tiny puzzle that grows on you. This is the ad-free version.
³ Apple Game of the Year 2014!!
³ Apple Design Award 2014 Winner
“You might as well delete Candy Crush Saga now.” ~ Pocket Gamer
“It's surprisingly adorable, for a game starring numbers.” ~ Joystiq
“It’s the kind of game that embosses the rules on your brain within 30 seconds, but then compels you to spend the next two hours playing.” ~ Pocket Tactics
Explore our little game’s deep challenge and grow your mind beyond imagination. Optimized for iOS8 and human brains. Universal app for iPhone and iPads.
³ Endless challenge from one simple game mode
³ An endearing cast of characters
³ A heart-warming soundtrack
³ No IAP - Threes is a complete experience the moment you download it
Honorably mentioned for Excellence in Design by the Independent Games Festival.
From the makers of PUZZLEJUICE:
³ Designed by Asher Vollmer
³ Illustrated by Greg Wohlwend (Ridiculous Fishing, Hundreds)
³ Scored by Jimmy Hinson (Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 2)
³ Optimized by Hidden Variable (Bag It!, Tic Tactics)
Threes grows with you and you’ll grow with Threes.
What's New in Version 1.3.48~ v1.3.48 ~
³ Increased edge buffer (which means swiping up on the home bar will no longer make a move!)
³ Fixed tiny board on non-notched phones
³ GameCenter button actually takes you to scores
³ Puzzlejuice link now sends you to the new GameClub version
³ Fixed an issue where the app was accessing your pasteboard for no reason
³ Fixed typo in Whalend's backstory
We don't feel comfortable interrupting your game experience to ask for reviews, but if you are feeling generous with your time please take a moment and let us know what you think of the game ^__^
Thank you for playing!