Humble Mobile Bundle 6 gets less humble: three new games added!

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 gets less humble: three new games added!

Aug 14, 2014

About a week ago the generous souls at Humble Bundle bought out another grab bag of six games.


Eliss Infinity
Mines of Mars
Duet Premium
Combo Crew: Special Edition
Threes! (reviewed by AR).

Now three new games have been added to the bundle for discerning gamers.

Carmageddon (reviewed by AR).
Llamas With Hats
Time Surfer (reviewed by yours truly.)

With three games available for a buck or less if you wish and all NINE available for the current (as of time of writing) average price of just $4.52, there is no excuse to not be on your phone 24/7. Show your Android pride and grab them now.

Always remember you can choose where your money goes including to the Child’s Play Charity. Give generously so sick kids can enjoy the gift of gaming as well.

Alternately, you can donate to the EFF who protect the rights of the everyman online. Regardless of who you give to you can’t go wrong with nine games for $4.52.

Must-Read: The Creators of Threes Reveal Detailed History of the Hit Puzzle Game’s Creation

Threes from Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend has been extraordinarily popular – and as such, has led to many clones, some go which are mentioned before Threes is. As a reaction to it, to show how much the idea of the game was cultivated and developed in the span of more than a year, Asher Vollmer has posted over 500 emails and other correspondence that show just how Threes came about, from early graphics to the game’s final form. It’s a lengthy read with cameos from other significant figures in independent gaming, and is well worth reading here.

Threes! App Review!

Threes! App Review!

Mar 20, 2014

So what makes a great, addicting mobile puzzle game? Firstly, touch specific controls that are intuitive and responsive. Second, fresh, innovative game that seems both familiar and new at the same time. Finally, a game needs to look good and have some personality. Fortunately for all puzzle fans Threes! passes all of these tests and had me even pausing my binge watch of Breaking Bad because it’s so addictive. The best part of Threes! is how easy it is to pick up the basics but how hard it is to master. The game is very deep and strategically adding specific pairs is imperative.

The gameplay is snappy and responsive, and the entire game is bubbling with personality with the squares making comments or yawning when a turn takes too long. The game plays like a combination of Unblock Me and Tetris. Adding pairs by shifting the entire board allows for a constantly shifting playing field and with the addition of a new piece each turn the game ends when the board becomes too clogged to continue.

Most games come to a point where the realization that a terrible mistake has been made and it just fuels the drive to play one more game. The artistic direction of the app is spot on and very fresh. The swipe controls permeate the entire experience, and the helpful opening tutorial seamlessly leads into the first game almost without the user knowing. Some may find that the music becomes annoying after a while, and that may be a valid complaint, but if that is the worst thing that can be said about Threes! I am sure anyone will live with that.

The game does cost $1.99, but the forced lack of ads is actually very refreshing and Threes! definitely takes the crown as my new favorite game. Its personality, addictive gameplay, and dead-on touch controls make this one of the best games of the year.

You Need Help With Threes. We Have Help Straight From the Developers.

You Need Help With Threes. We Have Help Straight From the Developers.

Mar 13, 2014

Back before Threes released on iOS, the developers of the game came on 148Apps’ Twitch channel and talked about the game. Now that the game is out on Android, a new batch of players can make use of their advice they gave on the air. This stream on getting my first 384 is a great watch to pick up some strategy tips:

Here’s some more good advice for getting high scores:
– Avoid checkerboarding, where matches could be made diagonally. Try to set up a chain reaction of moves adjacent to each other.
– The obvious match isn’t always the best one. A better match could be made, only leaving the obvious match, such as making a higher number, as the last possible good move to make.
– Try to match multiple cards at once whenever possible: this helps clear the board.
– Take your time, but sometimes, it’s worth not overthinking the game.

Happy Threeing! Can you get past 384 and get the 768? Tweet us and taunt us about it!

Accept no Impostors: Hit Puzzle Game Threes Available Right Now on Google Play

Accept no Impostors: Hit Puzzle Game Threes Available Right Now on Google Play

Mar 12, 2014

Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend’s hit iOS puzzle game Threes is available now on Google Play, ported by Hidden Variable. The game just released last month to the App Store, and after a quick gestation period, the game has made the jump to Android. Match together tiles to form higher and higher numbers without filling up the board. Our stream of the game on 148Apps is a great place to learn what it’s about. Then, get to adding it by downloading the game from Google Play. Check out an infographic with stats about the game’s iOS launch below.


Jewel Towers Deluxe Review

Jewel Towers Deluxe Review

Mar 14, 2012

I think whether or not a game needs a plot is best determined on a case by case basis. Bejeweled has no story but is still wildly popular. But sometimes, a story or theme can help to revitalize a tried and true idea. In the case of Jewel Towers Deluxe it is my guess that this is the reason behind taking the classic jewel-matching game and giving it an Indiana Jones-esque story. But guess what, it works.

Jewel Towers Deluxe is the story of a grizzled adventurer on a quest to steal stones from an ancient, vaguely Aztec culture. There is a spirit guarding the stones, trying to prevent him from collecting them all. Each level assigns a number of each type of stone to be collected, and jewels must be collect in groups of three or more. Furthermore there is a limit to the number of moves that can be made during each level. Exceeding that limit means game over.

The game is interesting in that rather than swapping two adjacent stones, users rotate groups of three highlighted stones. This allows stone to be adjusted multiple times across the board, sometimes even moved from one end to the other to achieve a match. There obstacles in the form of rocks that can’t be matched, or jewels trapped in settings. At each level the game board changes shape for variety and greater challenge. Earning points also lets users buy power-ups in the form of spells. Spells are associated with specific jewels and can be activated when they specific jewel is captured on the board.

The adventurer theme is kind of cool because it adds a mild sense of drama that Bejeweled lacked. The Aztec mummy both taunts and guides users, and the colour scheme of the game gives it a strangely successful crypt-feel. I like the idea of rotating three stones at once, as it reminds me of one of my favourite games, Hexic. I find myself returning to this game fairly frequently.

Unfortunately it has horrendous control issues. The mechanics of moving the jewels requires that the highlighted bracket be moved users tapping it across the field. I should be able to tap anywhere on the board to highlight a bracket, instead of this time consuming process. Even more frustrating, the responsiveness of the game board is not great either and it can take multiple taps to move the bracket even one space. This is especially bad at the edges of the game board where it doesn’t seem to register input at all.

It needs a lot of work, and I urge the developers to put out some improvements soon. The game is fun, but frustration should come from a challenging game, not one that is physically difficult to use.