Someone beat Threes. In other news: Threes can be beaten(?!).
Sirvo’s hit mobile game of shifting tiles to combine like numbers first launched in February 2014. According to illustrator Greg Wohlwend on Twitter, it’s taken exactly 3.33 years for someone to complete Threes.
…That can’t be a coincidence, can it? I reached out to Asher Vollmer, the game’s designer, to find out.
Whether or not this was planned, it’s still cool. Credit for the feat goes to one of social media’s biggest Threes fans, ThreesPorn, who revealed the completion in a series of threaded image- and GIF-bearing tweets.
In Threes, you slide numbered tiles around on a grid, with the goal being to match like-numbered tiles — which, in turn, combines them into a single tile and doubles the number that was printed on them. The only exception applies to the lowest-numbered tiles: every game starts by combining “1” and “2” tiles to make “3” tiles.
The higher the number you’re dealing with, the more elaborate the art is on the tile in questions. In fact, your final score at the end of a given game is based on the number of high-value tiles you’ve amassed, rather than a sum of all numbers on the board.
ThreesPorn completed Threes by combining a pair of 6,144 tiles. The resulting super-tile didn’t even get a number; instead, it transformed into a smiling, bushy-haired face.