A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Threes! is a math-based puzzle game that borrows elements from both Sudoku and Bejeweled. It encourages not only math skills but also strategic planning to maximize your playtime before you run out of possible moves. It's an easy-to-learn, tough-to-master game that kids and parents both will love, but parents should be aware that the app includes links to social media and the app store.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Hit games come and go in the app stores, but, if there's any justice in the world, THREES! will have a long ride. It's not simply smart, challenging, baffling, or funny -- it's also utterly addictive. It's a math game that doesn't require a lot of calculations, and it's a matching game that doesn't dumb itself down with cartoonish images.
The lure of building bigger and bigger numbers is powerful and will keep you coming back. And if that, for some reason, doesn't do it, seeing your friends talk about their scores on social media (or seeing them in Apple's Game Center) will spur you to try harder. As with the best games, it's easy to understand but hard to master -- but that won't stop you from trying to do so.