Top 8 Number Games Android

Given the rise in casual gaming over the last few years, one of the more popular categories in the app store has become number games, or those that test your logic when it comes to mathematics. I’ve always preferred such games when it comes to kicking off a few rounds while on the train journey home from work, for example, since you really feel as though you’re exercising your brain cells rather than just bashing away on something like Candy Crush or whatever. Number games or puzzle games on the Android these days tend to come in a few different shapes and sizes, but none of the more successful ones tend to stray from the general tile based layout and swipe by swipe control system. A game like 2048, for example, which has seen huge success in terms of downloads, is a lot of fun to play and also becomes quite challenging, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as swiping away the numbers. Watching someone else play the game becomes almost mesmerizing, which itself recalls the classic arcade games where the very best players would get into the zone and seemingly anticipate moves before they arrived. Anyhow, I digress: here are our favorite number games for Android.

8. Simply Sudoku (Free)

Given the popularity of Sudoku these days, it is perhaps understandable that there are around a million of these titles in the Play Store at present. It’s therefore difficult to pick just one, but we here at Top 8 tend to be drawn towards this title due to the way it is designed. – Download from Google Play

7. Just Clear All (Free)

Just Clear All expounds upon one of the more addictive traits of today’s puzzle games: that being the idea of clearing a screen of the objects that are on it. While the game itself might ask you to do any number of things, simply by putting the tasks into this context turns it into something almost compulsive. In the same way as you might compulsively clean you home, here you begin to compulsively clean the game board. Match threee puzzlers and those that involve numerical combinations are among the favorite casual games out there these days, and Just Clear All draws on both genres to find succecss. You simply switch around the numbers and then place them together in small to large formations, creating bigger numbers as the game unfolds. It doesn’t sound much on paper, but of course actually playing the game is quite different. – Download from Google Play

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6. Balls on my Screen (Free)

Balls on my Screen shares more than a passing resemblance to popular puzzler Dots, but with an added layer of difficulty. The dots, or in this case the balls, also carry numbers and can only be connected in a sequence equal to it. It’s a nice concept, but one that seems to involved borrowed ideas from elsewhere and one that can get frustrating if the game doesn’t serve up the balls that you need.  – Download from Google Play

5. Quento (Free)

Quento offers a fairly minimalstic concept, but it’s one that has a surprising amount of depth and the game itself abounds with replayability. The basic idea behind this one is that you are given a 3 by 3 screen, with a tile effect showing five numbers and four operators. You must then start with a number, swipe to an operator and then repeat that in order to get the correct total and proceed to the next screen. Each success will earn you a star and there are three stars to collect in four different difficulty level, so it will keep you occupied for sometime. The game itself is fairly straightforward to pick up in terms of concept, but it will take some practive before you become skilled enough to complete the game and earn all the stars. – Download from Google Play

4. Nove: Number Swipe (Free)

Nove is another number swipe game, but one that doesn’t quite hit the challenging heights of others in this particular category. It’s a lot of fun, being easy enough to pick up and fairly difficult to master, but never really challenges you or angers you in the way that Threes! or 2048 might do. In fact, there’s even a Zen Mode which has no time limit so you can learn the game without pressure. The game is played out on a colored and tiled grid of 5 by 7, and you have to swipe corresponding numbers in order to earn points. It’s fairly straightforward, and a nice pick if you’re looking for a number game that won’t drive you up the wall. – Download from Google Play

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3. Drop7 (Free)

Zynga is one of those mobile developers that seems to exist on a rung above most of the others: capable at any moment of pulling a smash hit out of the bag. One of their more recent titles is an attempt to master the number games genre, and Drop7 certainly doesn’t fail. I mentioned previously how the best puzzle and number games on mobile devices become almost mesmerizing and hypnotic in the way you play them, and Drop7 is a testament to this. There are three separate game modes: Classic, Blitz and Sequence, each of which adds a different spin to the game but all of them are addictive in their own way. Again, this game is all about clearing the discs in each column in a similar way to how you might clear a Tetris screen. It’s another of those number games that is fairly easy to pick up and play, but very difficult to master! – Download from Google Play

2. 2048 (Free)

No list of this kind would be quite complete without at least a passing mention of one of the more popular number games out there right now. I won’t bore you with an explanation of how 2048 is played, but it’s easy enough to pick up and difficult to master. A true puzzle game that will keep you coming back for more, since each play is different than the last offering great longevity. – Download from Google Play

1. Threes! ($2.99)

It’s often enticing with Top 8 lists such as this one to become drawn to the one game that people are talking about at that time from a given genre. If that is the game of the moment, then you as a reviewer are going to be more likely to place it higher above the others in terms of ranking. In many cases, these games don’t stack up to their counterparts in the long run, but I don’t think that’s the case with Threes! It’s the game of the moment when you think of minimalist puzzlers or number games, but has the replayability to stay that way for some time and has already established itself as one of the best examples from that genre. Those who haven’t yet played the game won’t be surprised to learn that it revolves around multiples of the letter three, with your movements confined to a 4 by 4 board. The concept behind Threes! is perhaps the one thing that people have been drawn to, but I think its best feature is the minimalist design. – Download from Google Play

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