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Fun With Numbers: 6 Best Single-Player Games For Mental Math

Mihir Patkar 27-03-2014

Recently, I wrote about the best single-player word games Words Without Friends: 7 Mind-Bending Single-Player Word Games When all you want is a quick test for your vocabulary without relying on someone else, just fire up one of these fantastic single-player word games: Most will work either on iOS or Android. Read More on mobile phones. But if words don’t do it for you, try some of these fantastic number-based games. You’ll need math, logic or a combination of the two to make it through these. And be warned, they are crazy addictive.


Threes [iOS, Android | $1.99]


Threes is so new that it’s still making a splash all across the web, and rightly so. This might just be the most addictive puzzle game on iOS Could Threes Be The Most Addictive Puzzle Game For iOS Yet? Do you hate productivity? Do you like to ignore the people in your life? Threes should be right up your alley, because it's going to take up all of your time. Read More yet. It’s a pretty simple premise, but delivered fantastically well. In a 4×4 grid, you’ll find tiles with different numbers. You need to add together ‘1’ and ‘2’ tiles to make them a ‘3’, or add ‘3’ with another ‘3’ to make it a ‘6’, a ‘6’ with another ‘6’, and so on. Here’s the tricky part. To add, you need to move the tiles in one of the four directions by swiping the screen. And each swipe will move all the tiles by one grid. You’ll be fine till you hit 192, but things get really difficult after that. Yet Threes remains charming and addictive with its lovely design style, cutesy animations and endearing soundtrack.

Download: Threes for iOS [$1.99 | Universal] | Threes for Android [$1.99 | Universal]

Note: Threes has become so popular that it has spawned a few clones. If you’re on Android and don’t want to pay for Threes (although we recommend you do), you can get similar gameplay in Fives. And on the web, just play a similar addictive Flash game called 2048 for free.

Drop7 [iOS, Android | $2.99]

A mobile gaming classic and one of the first titles from Zynga to make a splash, Drop7 concentrates more on logic than math. In a 7×7 grid, you will get balls with different numbers on them, and a few grey balls. If a numbered ball corresponds to how many balls it’s in a line with vertically or horizontally, it will explode—and this explosion cracks any of the adjoining grey balls. Two cracks and a grey ball reveals its hidden numbered ball. The game then becomes like crossing Tetris with Sudoku, where you are trying hard to crack and burst balls as fast as possible before one of the columns hits the ceiling and it’s game over. There’s a free ad-supported version on iOS [No Longer Available], but if you love the game, it’s worth the $2.99.


Download: Drop7 for iOS [$2.99 | Universal] | Drop7 for Android [$2.99 | Universal]

Hundreds [iOS, Android | $4.99]

Don’t be intimidated by the big price tag on Hundreds. It’s like nothing you’ve played before Hundreds: A Game Like You've Never Played Before [iOS] I’m not a gamer. The last gaming console I owned was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES), which gave me hours of pleasure with Yoshi’s Island, and that’s after years of work on mastering... Read More and it’s well worth it. I can personally vouch for that because I first bought it over a year ago and haven’t tired of it yet, with no signs of doing that in the future either. In Hundreds, you have a screen filled with lots of circles. Tap any circle and it starts expanding with a number counter going up. Your only job is to make sure all the circles add up to a hundred. The catch? No two circles can touch each other. Initially, there’s no need for any math as the counter at the top will tell you exactly what you need to know. But after you get through the easy levels, your only hope to crack the puzzle is to look at the whole grid and figure out the right number for each circle before you ever touch the screen. That’s going to need juggling some numbers in your head!

Download: Hundreds for iOS [$4.99 | Universal] | Hundreds for Android [$4.99 | Universal]

6 Numbers [iOS | Free] / Target Number [Android | Free]

These two games have the same gameplay but are exclusively available on their respective app stores. You can pick up either depending on the platform you use and play a fun math game for free. Here’s how it works. Each level has a target number. You are given six number tiles, and the four usual mathematical operators: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. The objective is to use the operators and the tiles to form the target number. You can also form in-between numbers using multiple equations. For example, if the tiles have ‘1’ and ‘2’, you can add them up to get ‘3’—’3′ is now a new tile you can use in another equation. It’s a simple game with simple graphics and an increasing level of difficulty.


Download: 6 Numbers for iOS [Free | Universal] | Target Numbers for Android [Free | Universal]

Nozoku [iOS | $1.99]

Be very, very glad that developer Chaotic Box decided to only include 44 levels on Nozoku. This game could have easily ruined your productivity were there more levels to get through. Nozoku takes a 6×6 grid of squares and introduces some cool math with numbered tiles. You can slide one tile over another to subtract the smaller number from the larger, and get a new tile. When you have two tiles of the same number, slide one over the other for them to disappear—and the objective of the game is to get rid of all the tiles on the screen. As you progress, you’ll come across some cool new types of squares, like teleportals or special squares that let you add tiles instead of subtracting them. There’s no time limit, but it’s still going to take up a lot of your time.

Download: Nozoku for iOS [Broken URL Removed] [$1.99 | Universal]

Nozoku Rush [iOS | $2.99]

As if Nozoku wasn’t addictive enough, Chaotic Box had to go ahead and launch Nozoku Rush, which is quickly shaping up to be my latest addiction. You know how SpellTower combines Tetris with Boggle SpellTower Is Boggle On Steroids For Your Phone If you've been on the lookout for a new word game to play on your iOS or Android device, SpellTower may be just what you're looking for. This is Boggle on steroids, and is well... Read More ? Well, Nozoku Rush combines Tetris with math with similar gameplay mechanics. You have towers of blocks, each block has a number. Draw a line connecting two or more blocks, starting with the largest; whichever numbers you connect are subtracted from the larger number and the goal is to hit zero. When you connect five or more blocks, you destroy adjoining blocks too. This simplistic gameplay is how Nozoku Rush reels you in, and then it keeps you there with different modes like the Rush Mode where you need to clear it fast as more tiles fall from the sky and the Race Mode where you make the highest score possible before the time runs out.


Download: Nozoku Rush for iOS [Broken URL Removed] [$2.99 | Universal]

Multiplayer Numbers?

The above list is entirely about single-player math games, but I’m sure there are some multiplayer gems out there for those of us who like to fiddle around with numbers. Got any recommendations you can drop in the comments?

Related topics: Math, Puzzle Games.

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  1. Georges
    September 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Take also a look at the rather new game 43=57. It's about numbers, or, more precisely, about equations. Wow. It's hard to stop once started ...

  2. Sreeraj R
    March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I don't like ios

  3. Hildy J
    March 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Simon Tatham's Puzzles is a collection of 34 one-player open-source multi-OS puzzle games. It's available for all desktop OSs and Android. I don't know if anyone has ported it to iOS but since I first ran across it on PalmOS, I would assume so.

    Some of the games are logic games, others are math games. I spend far too much time solving Keen (which is the collection's version of KenKen). Solo (their version of Sudoku) is better than any commercial version I've tried.

    It generates its own puzzles so there are no downloads. It's free with no ads. It doesn't require an internet connection and, in fact, the only permission it has is to read/write storage.

  4. David
    March 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    If you're wanting a fun and challenging math based game you need to check out Calculords.

  5. Davin
    March 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Too may iOS games listed and not enough Android

  6. Nahla D
    March 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I'm bad at Math, but "Threes" looks like something I could try.