Puzzle games are one of my favorite game genres on iOS, so I had to check this out when I spotted it in the App Store. Plus the idea of having hidden images among a bunch of seemingly random numbers really appeals to me, as I like to guess what is showing up as it forms. I was a bit surprised when math started showing up in this puzzle game though, as I’m a bit rusty in that area, but I appreciate having the challenge.
Numerity features a flat interface with gorgeous duo-toned visuals that go well with the overall aesthetic of iOS 7. Even though there isn’t much movement in the game itself, the animations that you find in the game menus and the backgrounds are smooth, fluid, and look great on Retina screens. The game also has quite a soothing soundtrack to go along with it, which can help you get in the mindset to hunt-and-peck and solve simple equations to reveal images.
There are five different level packs in Numerity, and each will contain 10 puzzles to solve. You will need to figure out the previous puzzles before being able to unlock the next stage, so it will take a bit of time to get through them all. Other chapters will be locked as well, and only available once you’ve accrued the required number of stars from available levels, with the maximum being three for each. The developer is promising more chapters and levels in the future, so here’s hoping that we see those sooner than later.
In each puzzle, you will have what seems like a simple task, but it gets progressively harder as you go along. Each level will have a screen filled with what appear to be randomized numbers, and you will be asked to find and highlight a specific number from the grid. You’ll be asked to search for multiple numbers, and you can see your progress towards revealing the full image in the top right corner. When you spot the number, just tap on it to highlight. You can also pan the grid around with your finger or pinch to zoom in and out for a better view.
This seems like an easy thing to do, but believe me, after you do it for a few minutes and progress through the levels, the numbers become harder to spot, as some won’t be as obvious, prominent, or repeated as much. Plus, as I mentioned before, you will also start to encounter simple math problems to solve before you know the number you need to search for.
Each puzzle will also be timed. You get a better score and more stars the faster you are, and you can earn coins to use for hints and solving the equations that pop up. If you are low on coins, you can buy more through in-app purchases that range from $0.99 to $2.99. Competitive players will be glad to know that there is full Game Center integration for leaderboards on all current level packs and eight achievements to obtain. And if you want to play on multiple devices, there is iCloud game saves as well.
I’m enjoying Numerity so far. I love puzzle games, and there aren’t enough unique hidden-object style ones like this out there. The visuals are sleek, the ambient music is relaxing, and the difficulty gradually increases over time. The only thing I wish the game had was the ability to guess the picture — I often found myself doing this as I revealed more and more of it, but was disappointed when it just tells me what the object was. Perhaps this can be implemented in the future.
If you ennjoy hidden object puzzle style games, then I highly recommend picking this up. It’s a simple gameplay mechanic that will stimulate your brain as you search hard and solve math at the same time. You can get Numerity in the App Store as a universal download for $0.99.