Jul 31, 2014
When I looked at the screenshots of Digits, I immediately thought “great, another copy of 2048“. Not that I’ve seen lots of them, but it’s a pretty cheap move. If you want to rip something off, at least find something a bit more challenging. Anyway, my rage went unfounded, as Digits has nothing to do with 2048. What Digits is is a very satisfying puzzle that’s all about reducing numbers, not increasing them.
The game consists of dozens of different levels. Each level is a square field of numbers. The numbers and the field’s size change between the levels. The player’s task is to remove all of the numbers from the field by clicking on them. When the player clicks on a number, it is reduced by one point, along with any numbers that are above, beneath, and to the sides of it. So, if there’s a line that looks like “2-3-2”, clicking on the three will make it “1-2-1”. Clicking on the three again will remove the ones, and leave the player with “1” in the middle, which means that the player failed to remove all of them. The trick is to click on the squares in such pattern that no number gets left behind, as the player can’t click on a number that’s not connected to at least one other number. Thankfully, there’s no penalty for using an undo button and retracing the steps to any point of the level. And really, there’s not much need to do it, as when you get to know the ropes of Digits, it becomes almost impossible to fail.
That’s almost an issue for me, actually, as I’m accustomed to more challenging puzzles. I don’t know, maybe the game becomes more challenging in the expansion packs, but I’ve played through the first 50 levels without a stutter. Speaking of which, expansion packs? Really? Digits doesn’t seem like that complex a game that it would require purchasing additional level-packs. They’re not too expensive, but they already put it in the line of HD bestsellers among Google Play games. I guess that it’s alright if you like it, but I’d expect something heavier for $0.99 than just a level pack. Still, it’s fun, and free to try, so if you’re a fan of puzzles and don’t mind them being a bit simple, try Digits out.
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