What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
Players will quickly find themselves playing time and again, hoping to better their scores (and those of their friends).
Simple math and matching skills are reinforced, but the game also forces players to think strategically.
The game gently guides you in learning how to play -- and player strategies begin to grow from there.
What's it about?
Users slide numbered tiles around a four-by-four grid, matching up multiples of three, which create bigger numbers and a higher score. When users can no longer combine numbers, they'll see their scores.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the need to think ahead before taking an action.
Families also can discuss how math can be used in entertaining ways.