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Threes! [$1.99] It's been glued to the top of the top paid apps chart on iTunes since its release, and for good reason: The game is amazing. We gave it a five star review when it came out, and since then my Twitter feed has been flooded with people sharing their high scores in what might be the best Twitter integration I've seen in quite some time by an iOS game.

Anyway, if there's one nitpick about the game that is exceedingly valid it's that the next card system isn't as predictable as it feels like it should be in a game like this. For instance, right now you can see if your next card is going to be a blue "1", a red "2", or a white card. The catch is that white card is usually a three, but not always. This introduces an element of "Are you kiddin' me?!" late in the game when your board is very full and the randomness of what the white card can be ends up being what causes you to lose the game.

If you've watched me stream Threes! on Twitch, you'll see how hairy things get at the end of the game. "I really need this white card to be a '3', oh it's a '6', GREAT," is a pretty common occurrence. Well, per a tweet of a screenshot of an iMessage conversation (You know, how you announce things in 2014!) between developers Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend, this system is getting tweaked.

In a future update, if the white card you're going to get is greater than a "3" card, there will be a "+" on it. You'll still need to deal with an element of randomness of what that high number will be, but at least now you'll have one more piece of information to work with instead of swiping and crossing your fingers you don't get owned by a errant "12" card you really didn't need popping up in the wrong spot.

No word on when this is happening yet, but it seems like a simple change, so it wouldn't surprise me if it landed in whatever/whenever the next update to the game is.

  • JCho133

    Woah.

  • vicsark

    tweeting an imessage between devs, the new cool way to announce a tweak :)

  • mclifford82

    Good update.

  • JPhilipp

    I could stop this game any day. I'm not addicted. It's my voluntary decision to play it. I could stop.

    • NickyNichols

      Well, I'm addicted to brake fluid. But, I can stop at any time.

  • Luigi_Mario

    Does anyone know if number 24 is single? I think she would dig me.

    • xzeldax3

      Nope sorry :( Looks like you are just a number 1, the loneliest number.

  • vahramas

    While they're at it, it would be great if I don't have to confirm my name after every game. Thanks.

    • falco

      Yea that would be great!

    • vicsark

      The dev was in the chat during Eli's twitching and said he will do it in the next update

      • vahramas

        Good to know, thanks.

    • gora

      Here here. This is the biggest annoyance to a near perfect game. I hate signing. I mash around the area because I just want to get back in. Here's the problem - you have to sign bottom right and replay top left. Just gimme a quick replay button and forget this signing bidness. If I'm in game centre default to the assumption that it's me.

  • theorangeipod

    So whats the next highest card after 192. Anyone done it?

    • Mj1ggy

      Umm they double...

      • rewind

        Of course it doubles. He probably means what's his name, what does it look like, etc.

      • phatkrome

        384 is Capt Triad: Conquered the seas without an orange. Returned with news of ants as a viable source of Vitamin C.

  • Mj1ggy

    Wow when I first read this I was nervous because I love the balance of randomness and skill in Threes! However this is probably the single tweak that improves strategy while still leaving game unpredictable...great job by the deva.

  • antennatree

    I love this game, but I really hope their next update also includes some optimizations. I'm shocked just how slowly it runs on anything older than an iPhone 5.

    • SonixManix

      It runs perfectly on my iPhone 4...

  • coolpepper43

    Sorry test

  • coolpepper43

    I didn't know if I was logged in. Anyways, I too was also worried when I read the headline but I think this will be a great tweak because there is still that randomness.
    There are a few things that I would like to suggest.
    When you are having a good run on a card that is lasting over an hour the music and number voices get very repetitive and annoying. The music is not bad but it would be great if he could add an extra 3 to 7 minutes to the looping track. A larger problem I have is the sound of a few certain numbers. I love that the numbers have there own personality and speak but when I hear "I'm bored" "I'm tired" and snoring over and over again it makes me sleepy and very annoyed. I know I could turn off the sounds but that takes away one of the things that makes this game great, personality.
    Sometimes when I preview shift the numbers to see my options, sometimes I forget where the original location is and I accidentally make a move unintentionally. It would be great if there was some kind of indicator that shows where your original placement is on the card.

    • 61050

      i think ff6 and sworcery are the only games ive played in the last 5 years with the sound on. and limbo, but i like saws.

  • bhavukjain1

    I need an undo button.