Threes! can be quite tricky, so we've got a few tips to help you out.
Remember, it's All About the High Score
The main thing to keep in mind with Threes! is that you're trying to build the best score possible. You'll want to keep a close eye on your higher-numbered tiles, as these are the ones that make a difference.
When you first start out, you'll see a few threes on the board, along with some ones and twos. Focus on putting the threes together first into sixes if you can, and then work your way up. The board will start filling up with tiles as you do this, so try to keep some open spots around your higher-numbered tiles. This'll give you the chance to put them together and create some big numbers, all the way up to the mammoth 192 piece.
Master Whole Board Movement
With Threes!, you're not moving one individual piece at a time - you're moving all the tiles on the table. This can make things slightly difficult when it comes to aligning similar numbers together. What you'll want to do is try to master open gaps as you move pieces along. For instance, if you've got four pieces on the bottom and three on the top, only the three on top will move, giving you a chance to line things up.
You can also move up and down, not just side to side. Moving tiles in your favor will take a bit of practice, but having open gaps can be a real savior when it comes to setting up numbers to add together. It'll take practice - our first few rounds produced low scores- but soon you'll get the hang of it.
Watch Which Tiles Come Next
Before you make your next move on the board, take the time to see what tile you have lined up next to drop. Sometimes it can be a very crucial piece, like an additional 3, but other times you may get a colored piece that's useless without a 1 or 2 piece nearby. These drop at random, but they usually fill in the next readily available open space you have on the board. Try to position a 1 or 2 piece if an opposite colored one is about to drop, or leave open some threes if you're going to get one of those. It'll pay off when you're adding up pieces and freeing up space on the board.
When in Doubt, Multiply
When it comes to freeing more space on the board for pieces - and building up the big-numbered ones for the highest score possible - remember to multiply whenever you can. If you see threes or sixes sitting together, for example, go ahead and slide the board over so they combine, as that'll free up a space. However, don't move the entire board over three spots to make them add up, because that will just result in more tiles dropping on the board. Keep your moves to a minimum and add together whenever you can.
Practice Makes Perfect
Finally, remember that Threes! isn't a time-based game. You aren't going to be punished for taking your time between moves. In fact, you'll be better rewarded going slowly with a match and deciding what your next move is between the tiles along the board, the open spots and the tiles that will drop on it. It may be frustrating at first, but keep at it. You'll be genuinely rewarded with high scores as a result - giving you the chance to move up in the leaderboards.
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