A tiny puzzle that grows on you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I switch back to the old colors?

Yes! You can switch them back, plus we've added another night mode color scheme.

Go to the options menu and swipe over to the right to switch between original, night and Product (RED).

What does "Conserve Battery" actually do?

Threes normally runs at 60 frames per second. When the conserve battery option is on, the game runs at 30 frames per second. This means the animations are a little less smooth, but this uses less battery and for some with older phones, can improve performance.

Will there be a Windows Phone version?

It's in the works :)

My sound isn't working, what gives?

This is a bug! We’re working to fix it in an upcoming update.

How does scoring work?

We thought long and hard about this and in the end, came up with a solution based on the number 3 itself! Each card has a rank. The 3 card is Rank 1. The 6 card is Rank 2, and so on. Since this is Threes, take the number 3 and put it to the power of each card's rank number. For instance a 192 is Rank 7, so take 3 to the 7th power. 3^7 = 2,187 points. Or you could think of it 3*3*3*3*3*3*3 = 2,187.

We did this because it was important for each rank to be worth more than just double the previous card. In fact, it's worth triple. For example, if you're playing and you have two 192s on the board, then those two 192s need to be worth less than a single 384. It's much easier to just have two 192s than a single 384. It takes more planning and skill to merge them, especially the higher you go.

Here's a break down of how the first ten ranks stack up:

A 3 = 3^1 = 3 points
A 6 = 3^2 = 9 points
A 12 = 3^3 = 27 points
A 24 = 3^4 = 81 points
A 48 = 3^5 = 243 points
A 96 = 3^6 = 729 points
A 192 = 3^7 = 2,187 points
A 384 = 3^8 = 6,561 points
A 768 = 3^9 = 19,683 points
A 1536 = 3^10 = 59,049 points

It's crashing on my older device, can you help me?

Sometimes, when running iOS7 on older devices, things can get clogged up pretty quickly. We'd recommend closing down all your apps, restarting your device and doing anything you can to make things run smoothly. Maybe your device is busting at the seams with apps. If that's the case, try slimming things down a little bit to make more room for your little guy to think clearer. It can help!

We've noticed that Threes on older devices can be a bit sluggish, and sometimes not even work at all. This includes some iPhone4s (especially those running iOS7) and iPod 4th gens, iPhone 3GSs and a few others. We have optimized Threes a great deal already to run as smoothly as possible but can only do so much. We're continuing to look into it, but please be patient with us. Asher is the only one working on this, on top of many bug fixes and support emails.

Threes crashes every time I load it up, how do I fix this?

This is an iCloud related issue, follow the steps below to fix:

  1. Download iOS8
  2. Delete the app
  3. Download the app
  4. Open the app and let it crash
  5. Go into settings - iCloud - drive - and turn it off for Threes
  6. Delete the app
  7. Download app again

NOTE: If you have multiple devices and this continues, try doing this for each device.

IF THIS DOESN'T WORK: Some folks have had success by going into Settings on iOS8 and scrolling down to the Threes listing and turning ON Cellular Data for Threes.

It's taking too long to load, what should I do?

Just like with the crashes, we recommend the same cleaning up of your device if you're having trouble. Sometimes there's not a lot we can do about this though.

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting better at Threes?

We don't, but our friend Ryan Clark wrote up a great strategy guide for Threes. Check it out here.

Still have questions?

If you're playing on Android, send us an email up here.
We have been getting a lot, but if your question wasn't answered above, please let us know. Hopefully we can help!

If you're playing on iOS, send us an email down here.
We have been getting a lot, but if your question wasn't answered above, please let us know. Hopefully we can help!