Numbers Addict lives up to it’s name and is an addictive puzzle app for Android and iPhone. According to its description on the appstore, Numbers Addict is the #1 free game app in France, Spain and Brazil and is in the top 10 for puzzle games in 35 countries.
The game rules included with the app aren’t very clear. They give a few examples that are pretty vague, I had to play the game for awhile on my own to truly understand it. Drop numbered balls in one of the 5 columns. The next ball up appears on the left side with the next two balls following it. Place like numbers near each other and combine numbers by dragging one ball on top of the other. When you combine 2 balls their sum is then displayed. You can only combine numbers adding up to the max number allowed for the level you’re on.
When you have groups of like numbered balls together they explode and disappear. I tried to figure out what causes the explosion, is it a certain number of balls? If I put a 2 and a 2 side by side they’ll explode. I have a theory that if the number of balls touching equals the number on the balls that’s what triggers them to explode. Though you can somehow make bigger groups of balls, so I’m not totally sure. The higher the number on the ball the more points you get for an explosion.
As the level progresses the balls stack higher and higher to the top of the screen. Once they go past the top of the screen the level ends. The goal is to get the highest score.
Numbers Addict Tips
Every time a new row of balls is added to the bottom of the screen, look to see what numbers can be combined. That way you can avoid stacking your columns too high. Also, when you combine two numbers consider which column you choose to merge into. If you can drag it right or left, look to see if you would be grouping a color together that would cause them to explode (this is good) or look to see if you might be taking a ball away from a column that is getting dangerously tall.
On the left side there is a “drop counter” where you can see how much time you have until the next bubble is automatically placed. There’s also an “up counter” that lets you know how long until a new line will appear at the bottom. The Max number displays exactly that – the highest number ball for your level.
Numbers Addict has three levels: Easy, Medium and Expert. I’ve played Easy and Medium. Easy is great for learning but it definitely becomes more interesting on the Medium setting. If you like Tetris or SpellTower, Numbers Addict is good addition to your puzzle apps collection.