Threes looks like a math game at first blush. But the only math involved is kiddie arithmetic. Spend a little time with Threes, and it reveals itself to be a rich, charming puzzle game, one that tests your ability to recognize patterns and execute complex strategies in a confined space. Before players can experience those delights, though, they have to get over the hump of first impressions. The game’s creators have smoothed that process with a tutorial that recasts cold numerals as cute characters—and provides an understated rundown of the rules, to boot.
I can’t overstate how well done this game is. Once I saw the tutorial, I immediately felt unsatisfied with Outshape. I want to keep working to give it it’s own delightful personality. Something Threes achieved magnificently.
I personally think Netflix is missing out by releasing their seasons in one big chunk. Obviously viewers prefer getting to watch it all when they want, but I think they could build some really awesome buzz by releasing in smaller chunks. Not a single episode at a time, but maybe 2 or 3 per week. You still get the benefit of watching it whenever you want, but there’s a nice dramatic buildup/anticipation.
We have the work, the memories, the films. I feel the loss, like all of his fans, but mostly I feel sad for him and those who knew and loved him. He built an amazing life while the rest of us got to watch and somewhere in there, forgot or lost the ability to enjoy the promises that recovery had delivered. I don’t blame him or condemn him or second-guess him. He did the best he could with everything that he had.