One unique matching game just went on sale to the affordable price of "Free" until January 1st.

The game is called Crossbones [App Store] and is a matching game that also includes online multiplayer capabilities.

As a player, you are given 4 tiles in your hand and there are 9 community tiles.

Each tile is made up of 4 different components: color, object, pattern, and number of objects. Three cards can be match from any combination of community tiles or hand tiles. "Matching" consists of the following:

Three cards make a match if, for each property, the cards are either identical in value or completely different in value

Tutorial pages from the game itself (page one, two, three) may help explain the game a little better.

The game is more complicated than it seems at first glance, but with the overall polish and online play, it's certainly worth a try while it's available for free. Developer video shows the game in action:

App Store Link: Crossbones, Free until Jan 1

  • http://www.razorianfly.com James (BarringtonSoftware)

    There's no reason to pass up a free game, so I'll check it out.

    Thanks arn for the great review :)

  • http://www.razorianfly.com James (BarringtonSoftware)

    There's no reason to pass up a free game, so I'll check it out.

    Thanks arn for the great review :)

  • http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.org michael

    There is nothing unique about this puzzle! It is a blatant copy of the game called "Set". See a discussion on this topic on my blog :

    http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.org

  • http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.org michael

    There is nothing unique about this puzzle! It is a blatant copy of the game called "Set". See a discussion on this topic on my blog :

    http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.org

  • arn

    alright, we'll stop using the word unique to describe any game. ;)

    arn

  • arn

    alright, we'll stop using the word unique to describe any game. ;)

    arn

  • andrew smith

    I wouldn't say it's a blatant copy--but it is a very similar concept. Check out http://www.pattrns.com -- the iphone version of this game is in the approval stage in the store and should be out soon. It is also similar to SET--but not the same game. It uses similar concepts, but is a timed/speed game not a "how many cards" game.

  • andrew smith

    I wouldn't say it's a blatant copy--but it is a very similar concept. Check out http://www.pattrns.com -- the iphone version of this game is in the approval stage in the store and should be out soon. It is also similar to SET--but not the same game. It uses similar concepts, but is a timed/speed game not a "how many cards" game.

  • Ahiru

    not unique at all.

    a game was released in app store a while ago, 3-tupple (i think that was the name) - and it has the very same cards of the original card game (don't know the name though). talk about copyright violations.

    BUUUUUT still, awesome and fun game. this one is even better cause you play against other people. i love logic games, and this one is a must-have.

  • Ahiru

    not unique at all.

    a game was released in app store a while ago, 3-tupple (i think that was the name) - and it has the very same cards of the original card game (don't know the name though). talk about copyright violations.

    BUUUUUT still, awesome and fun game. this one is even better cause you play against other people. i love logic games, and this one is a must-have.

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  • http://www.mrbass.org mrbass

    Yes Sets and Triads been on my favorite list for quite some time. Same as this EXCEPT this has online mutliplayer so totally getting it. Thanks arn for the tip!

  • http://www.mrbass.org mrbass

    Yes Sets and Triads been on my favorite list for quite some time. Same as this EXCEPT this has online mutliplayer so totally getting it. Thanks arn for the tip!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i'll accept the free download thank you!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i'll accept the free download thank you!

  • Nexus-6

    Wow, this game is both addictive and frustrating as crap!

  • Nexus-6

    Wow, this game is both addictive and frustrating as crap!

  • Maria

    Talking about 3-tuple, the Set clone for the iPhone: Does anyone of you know if there's still a possibility to get this game (since it was banned from the App Store)? (It was free on the App Store.)

    I love Set, and it would be great to play the, well... 'unofficial original' on the iPhone.

  • Maria

    Talking about 3-tuple, the Set clone for the iPhone: Does anyone of you know if there's still a possibility to get this game (since it was banned from the App Store)? (It was free on the App Store.)

    I love Set, and it would be great to play the, well... 'unofficial original' on the iPhone.

  • http://nolemonplease.com Caitlin

    Yay! A set clone.

    I must say that the new cards take a while to get used to.

  • http://nolemonplease.com Caitlin

    Yay! A set clone.

    I must say that the new cards take a while to get used to.

  • John Smith

    How are you supposed to play this game anyway? The video wasn't real clear.

  • John Smith

    How are you supposed to play this game anyway? The video wasn't real clear.

  • arn

    click on the tutorial pages linked in the article (page one, two, three)

  • arn

    click on the tutorial pages linked in the article (page one, two, three)

  • Matthew J

    Just checked and it is already up for $4.99, too bad.

  • Matthew J

    Just checked and it is already up for $4.99, too bad.

  • http://www.insectoverlords.com Dan@NIO

    Just wanted to let you guys know that a free (lite) version of Crossbones is now available: CrossbonesLite. It's a single-player only version of Crossbones.

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=304014665&mt=8

  • http://www.insectoverlords.com Dan@NIO

    Just wanted to let you guys know that a free (lite) version of Crossbones is now available: CrossbonesLite. It's a single-player only version of Crossbones.

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=304014665&mt=8