When friends ask me for a mobile game recommendation, I’ve been answering with a number: Threes! You’ve probably heard of 2048; well, this is the original that sparked the copycat and all the other clones.

The similarities are undeniable. The makers of Threes! posted an open letter about it and the media has talked widely about the cloning phenomenon.

But that’s not the focus of this post. Here I want to talk about why Threes! is superior.

(Note: I’m not going to type that exclamation mark any more.  Officially, the game is titled Threes! but let’s just go with Threes the rest of the way.  Quieter.)

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