Being email buddies with developers/publishers is great in the sense that I’m right at the head of the queue for review codes whenever something new comes out, and often get to test stuff before it’s released.
The flip side of the coin is that it’s slightly awkward when something proves to be, well, kinda rubbish, but while I’d considered sidestepping Digits (App Store/Google Play) entirely, the more I played it, the more I enjoyed it. Phew.
Digits is the latest app from Simple Machine (or Simple Machines, as I’m fond of calling them), whose back catalogue includes Solitaire variant 4 Thrones, and the recent word game LEX, which is brilliant, incidentally.
Digits is, as the name suggests, a number game, one that’s been in development for several months and comprises part of Simple Machine’s “exciting year”. As such, I felt a little guilty when I played the first few levels and thought: ‘Is that it?’ But again, as I mentioned, I persevered and ultimately found it rather enjoyable.
Hmm, how to describe Digits? Ok, you’ve got a grid of numbers, with each number indicating how many taps it’ll take to get rid of that particular tile. When you tap on a tile, it reduces the corresponding number by one – but also subtracts one from the tiles up, down, left and right.
Still with me? The only other rule (that springs to mind) is that you can’t reduce a tile that’s in isolation. So say you’re left with a 3 and no adjacent tiles, you can’t just tap it three times. Because that’d be silly.
Resultantly, Digits is deceptively tactical, with several solutions in each puzzle, and while I initially feared that it was a case of trial and error and occasionally tapping at random, there are little techniques you pick up as you go along.
Furthermore, if you fancy a challenge, there’s a star to collect in each level. All you have to do is finish the level on a particular tile, and hey presto.
And that’s Digits in a nutshell. The first 100 levels are free (200 if you want to count the stars challenges), and there are a further 500 available as in-app purchases.
Pros? Well, Digits is fairly challenging, and it’s intended to be quite hypnotic – with a suitably mesmerising soundtrack from Mokhov. Again, it’s free to try, and there are no ads.
On the poop side, one could arguably substitute “hypnotic” for “monotonous”, as there’s not much variety in the gameplay; no power-ups or special tiles or, well, anything.
But on the whole, Digits is worth checking out. And hey, if worst comes to worst and you hate it, just delete it and we’ll never mention it again. No harm done.
- Hypnotic gameplay
- The soundtrack (thanks, Mokhov)
- Free with no ads
- Very samey
- There’s only one game mode
- Like, no special tiles or anything
Summary: Digits it’s a pretty straight-forward number-based affair. It won’t change your life, but that’s not to say it’s not worth playing.
Developer: Simple Machine
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: 2.3.3 and up