Impossible loop? Good game otherwise!!
I have been playing this over a few days, and it’s very addictive and fun, and and I have been enjoying it immensely. However, there are some circumstances in the game that I will press the “add” button to add more numbers, and it will only add two or three numbers that can’t be combined, that alternate (such as 2, 4, and 7, and it will keep repeating in different combinations of these three), forcing me to either keep pressing add, in which case I get the same numbers continually popping up, and not allowing me to actually make any moves because none of the numbers actually appear consecutively. This has occurred 4 times within the past few days, and it is frustrating for the game to put me in a position when I cannot make any moves. This seems like a bug, and I hope it can be dealt with.
Also, I also agree with a previous review that there should be something added where it will tell you whether or not there are pairs left. As there does not seem to be a way I have found to easily “finish” the game or win, I feel that there is no need to be competitive with hints and such, and just as plenty of other games do, they bring in their audience by listening to them, and feeling stuck and not knowing whether there are pairs or not leaves me feeling frustrated.
One BIG downside
This app is great if you’re looking for a game to stretch your brain. It makes you think with puzzles that are challenging but not impossible. However there are loops that you can get stuck in if you eliminate all but a few numbers. This is manageable if you just make your moves carefully. Undos and hints help a lot, as such getting unlimited would be something I would love to do. The one thing that is stopping me is the price point. Rather than being a flat price it is a weekly subscription. Any subscription based payment is deterring as it’s an upkeep you have to mentally and financially manage. However that’s not the worst part. It is $10 every week. This price point is astronomical, even if it were monthly it would still be pushing the limit. I would love to see the prices adjusted to a more reasonable price point. Another complaint I have about the subscription is the lack of options for duration. The only option is weekly, this does give the customer more control however it also prevents any opportunity for bulk discounts. I throughly enjoy this game and would love to see an attainable price for a premium subscription. It plays smooth but the one aspect holding me back is the lack of available undos and hints unless you subscribe at a ridiculous price point or watch a video every two minutes. The game is wonderfully made but that one aspect is the only major downside I see.
Great game, Some suggestions
I really enjoy playing this game but there are still a few things that need to be worked out. Some of my suggestions are:
-If I click on hint for it to tell me that there are no possible moves, that shouldn’t use up one of my hints. It would be nice just to have something automatically pop up when there are no possible moves.
-I understand that when new numbers are added, they’re the same numbers that you already have on the field, but sometimes this results in an endless loop and unsolvable puzzle. I’d suggest adding a feature to shuffle the numbers that are already in the field. This could be something like the hint and undo buttons where you have to watch a short ad to shuffle your existing board.
-I would love to pay to get unlimited hints without advertisements, but the fact that the premium version of the game is a subscription rather than a flat out purchase is deterring, and to be quite honest, overpriced for a game of this type where there isn’t a whole lot extra that you get for paying.
I really was enjoying this game, but a couple of things. After I got the hang of it, things were going really well, but it wasn’t clear when or how I would “finish”. So after several hours (which I wasn’t crazy about seeing the time I spent on it being kept track of), I quit and started over. Then it wasn’t so fun. I kept getting the sequence of numbers with very few matches. Every time I quit and restarted, I’d get the same sequence of mostly unmatchable numbers. I’m thinking it’s a bug. I’m going to reinstall it. Hopefully that will help, because this was one of the most satisfying puzzle games I’ve played.
Edit: I did this review too early, before I got the hang of it. In all three modes, the object is to clear the board(duh). But it takes strategy, which means you must carefully choose your matches, i.e., quality not quantity. When you hit add, you will only duplicate the numbers on the board. So if you remove all the 8s, for example, it reduces your ability to remove 2s, which may result in getting a sequence of numbers that will never have matches, no matter how many times you hit add. I highly recommend this game. BTW, the ads are super annoying; I would pay $2.99 to remove them, but there isn’t that option.
So much right but so much wrong.
The pros: This game is fun and super addictive. It’s hard to win but it doesn’t matter because the game play is very satisfying on its own. The cons: That being said there are some very big flaws. If you’re playing and get stuck you can use a hint but you have to watch an add to get a hint. Ok, but half the time the ads don’t load no matter how many times you hit that retry button. I like to clear the board as much as possible before adding numbers so I like the hints for checking my work. The same goes for the undo feature. I have to watch an add to get 3 free undo uses. Again, you can’t get them because the ads won’t load. The only workaround is to buy the hints and undos but it’s really expensive. There is an add free option with free features but you can’t buy it. If you want that, it’s gonna cost you 10 bucks A WEEK. That’s $520 a year to go ad-free. That is extreme. That’s more than I pay to insure my car for half a year. I would pay up to 10 bucks for permanent ad free. But no way in heck $520. Who has that just lying during this pandemic and unemployment time? It’s insanity. The game is good. It’s not $520 good. It’s a simple number puzzle that is relaxing and fun and challenging but I probably will delete it if they don’t fix these issues.
Fun to settle your brain
I like games with some “truth” to them. This one offers that. I played Bejeweled back in the 90s so I know puzzle games can be written to let you win or keep you from winning. This game offers the option with pre-set “rules” so it doesn’t make that decision for you. You also have the option to let it add numbers to make it easier to win. I did look online for some strategies for classic 1-19 and didn’t really find anything. As far as “numbers that repeat and cannot be removed,” there is no rule that says you must make all matches before adding numbers! For instance, I DID learn on my own that it is unwise to remove the 9s that first time through. You can play the game without spending anything which I LOVE! If you decide you want to “tip” the devs for making a game you enjoy playing, there are a few low cost options in the game.
I wish that each new “add” was a different color, though. It does change colors every so many lines but I would like to have it where I can tell where the new numbers start.
Addictive but how to win?
2nd UPDATE**It's official... I beat dynamic mode in just over 30 minutes. So yes you can win the game once you figure out the number sequencing logic of the add button. Now... Time to conquer that damned classic mode.**
UPDATE**So... I just found a strategy that's working. Jolly tough game. Good job!***
I've read other reviews and your responses. You have a good start with this game for sure but you might REALLY want to consider the ever growing human need for gratification. People aren't used to playing a mobile puzzle for hours without winning, or losing for that matter. It quickly gets to the point where your initial intrigue fades to frustration and potentially the loss of desire to play at all. You might want to think of ways to adjust game play to build an ending into the game or a way to win that doesn't take hours upon hours.
I love the concept of this game and think it COULD be fun if the number additions were fixed. When I play classic I get big chunks (like 10ish rows) where every other number is 1, but there are no 9s. So there is literally nothing that can be done because you can’t remove any numbers to match the 1s, because every number that isn’t one is surrounded by 4 1s. And then in Dynamic mode, I got stuck after the first 3 rows were cleared as much as possible and clicked “Add”. It added 2 rows of numbers with absolutely no matches in them and no matches to the previous rows, even if I clicked the undo all and brought it all back. So I clicked “Add” again, and the same 2 rows just duplicated. Over and over and over. So there was literally nothing I could do to get pairs. There was no shuffle option. I tried exiting the game and going back in. It went in to the same game. So I just don’t have a way of playing dynamic mode now. 🤷🏻♀️ So after only about an hour of playing, I am just going to quit until the people who made this figure out these huge errors. I will check back after the next update.
Very fun, yet very frustrating
This game is extremely fun! I love the concept and is so interesting for someone, like me, who has a number oriented brain. It’s an amazing way to chill after a hard day. However, it has come to my and others attention that this game is seemingly impossible to solve. The numbers generated often create an impossible loop to solve. I understand if the goal of the creators is to make a very hard game, but I’ve spent 5 hours on one game on classic mode and it seems to not be possible. This is extremely extremely frustrating and a huge downfall to this game. Another downside is the ads. If you click on the hint button you get shown an ad to get the hints, completely normal. However, the number of ads you get shown just in the game is ridiculous. It also frustrates me that the ads get rid of any background music you may be listing to. Also, as many others have said, the price for premium is a rip-off. That price genuinely makes me debate deleting the game. Developers, please take this advice from me and may others and make these much needed changes to the game.
Great game BUT
I would rate higher but just like the other reviews seems strange that there really is no way to win or completely solve the game. (Edit I have removed all the number from the field, but more times I have gotten two repeating numbers that can never be removed) Also way way too many ads! Ads for everything. Open app - ad! Add more numbers - ad! Shuffle - ad! Hint - ad! Ad just because you paused the game. I spend more time looking at ads than playing the game. Also they advertised zero ads for $7.99 and I thought zeros all together but it was just zero ads for hints. So don’t be like me and buy without really looking into what you’re buying. My fault.
Edit-They responded to my review above, stating that the ads are there so everyone can play. I get that, thank you caption obvious! I’ve have similar game apps and none of them have as many ads as this one. I would have kept this game if the ads were refined to getting more hints, restarting the game or getting more move reversals.