Nintendo_seal_of_qualityIn what has seemed to be a real-life version of Plague Inc [$0.99] as this game spreads, Threes! [$1.99] clone 2048 [Free] has infected the the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Available for $1.99, it's an amusing development especially considering one of the announcements from Microsoft's E3 press event was that Threes! was coming to the Xbox One at some nebulous point in the future.

So, I guess, if playing 2048 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wasn't enough and you really want this game on your 3DS, that option is now open to you. It'll be curious to see if the game does as well as it did on mobile with a price tag associated to it. What seemed to vital to 2048 spreading like wildfire compared to Threes! is the simple fact that to the vast majority of people out there, 2048 won because they didn't have to pay for it.

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Anyway, that's basically your daily "What the hell?" as it vaguely pertains to the world of iOS.

  • lll Anubis lll

    What the hell?

  • Pocketnova

    This would look neat, if it was Threes and not this ripoff. And now they are even putting a price tag on it.

    • the_rebel14

      Isn't that suable? If Threes was trademarked or copyrighted, the fact that a direct copy stole the ideas from the game and are now charging for it should mean that the Threes devs could sue for damages. Now the only question is: was Threes copyrighted before all of this?

      • gmattergames

        I'm no fan of 2048, but there was no infringement whatsoever, no more than Asteroids infringed on Space Invaders, or Hearthstone on Magic the Gathering, or the thousands of match-3 clones on bejeweled. Conceptually similar but never duplicated the things that can be infringed upon: images, code or brand. While it sucks that Threes did not meet its commercial potential, it wasn't due to unfair competition, to the contrary, it was the way it was priced.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Except Bejewelled isn't anywhere close to being the first match 3 game. It's a reskin as well.

  • videba

    Kind of sad for the developers of threes

    • C. Stubb

      Welcome to the App Store, where almost nothing new is made up and the original ideas don't matter.

  • Stormourner

    for those who doesn't pay for Threes! they shall pay the price

    shame on nintendo for bringing the clone in Eshop
    good for microsoft to show support for Threes!
    sony will be next for porting Threes! to PSN (on Vita of course)

    • the_rebel14

      Man, that would be nice! Hope Sony does pick it up!

      • Stormourner

        and Threes! shall be ported on sony's tablets aswell

  • 5hift

    Everyone, head to your local Walgreens. They're doing vaccinations there. *Smashes 3DS*

  • TrencH

    I prefer Threes over 2048 but having said that I noticed a few of my friends at church playing 2048 and when I saw them I asked them "you guys have heard of Threes right?". They answered yes so I asked them why they were not playing that instead and they answered "it's a harder game to play"

    Now, believe it or not that might be part of the issue. Like I said, I prefer Threes and that's because I like the challenge and there is a certain charm that none of the other clones have been able to reach. Lots of people I would consider casuals do play 2048 though and there has to be a solid reason and often it is free versus paying and hard versus easy to keep moving on the game. For a average casual maybe Threes sessions end too soon.

    Touchy subject I know but that's what I think is happening. I love Threes though and what makes it so awesome is the charm of the game and it's depth waiting for you to discover. It's amazing how much our community was able to figure out with that game. I guess lots of casuals give it up and move to something else before they discover that depth.

  • Turing

    You can freely steal somebody else's game - just don't you dare put it on YouTube!

  • nicoper

    I might actually buy it, reason: I have no darn clue

  • the_rebel14

    The sad thing is, Threes is now more or less unknown as people just go straight to 2048. When it was first released, 2048 gained momentum since it was free and Threes was $2. Now, Threes isn't even mentioned and 2048 is looked at as a must have game. It's just sad.

  • TrencH

    1.99 versus free and most kids don't have credit cards and although they can buy iTunes cards with cash it's easy enough to stack up in lots of free games when you are in middle school or even high school. Lots of kids have phones but many just DL free games and by watching the younger kids at church and my nieces and nephew and my cousins it's almost always free.

    I would rather buy the game straight up or buy away the adds if it has banners and especially popups but I believe I (or we if we are talking about our gaming community here) are most likely in the minority.

    • Jake7905

      Playing 2048 is bad enough. Playing it in church? Surely that must be a sin.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Jesus plays 2048. I saw him.

  • Jake7905

    Threes! is easily one of my favorite games of all time, but please don't call 2048 a clone, it's too dumbed down to deserve that honor.

  • daftman

    I hadn't actually seen screenshots of 2048 before but man, it's really ugly compared to Threes!

  • coolpepper43

    Fantastic article!
    It really makes you think and wonder how the sales will be in the end.

  • Dustrick

    It might be cute if it DIDN'T COST A THING BECAUSE MOST OF THE OTHER COPIES ARE FREE.

  • AliveThrouDeath

    Honestly, after playing both Threes! and 2048, I don't think 2048 is a clone. 2048 took the basic concept of Threes! and then revamped it into something totally new - the tiles slide differently, numbers add up in a more easily-understood way, and the design is far cleaner and more direct (I _hate_ the stupid voices in Threes! so much that I play it without sound). 2048 is just a better game to pick up and play for a few rounds, while Threes! is a game you play for the challenge.

    TL;DR - 2048 didn't rip off Threes!, it offered competition and won.