Eighty-Eight is a puzzle game from Premiere Liaison that smashes together numbers and logic. The simple set-up places you on an 8x8 grid of squares with a few blocks resting comfortably at the bottom. New blocks appear, ready to be dropped, and with a little bit of forethought (ok, boatloads of forethought) you can create some elegant chain reactions and keep the screen as empty as possible. Or, you know, panic and start crying because THE NUMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE.
New blocks appear at the top of the screen and can be dropped down any column by tapping on the grid. Blocks only disappear when the digit displayed on its face matches the number of blocks in that column or row. So, for example, if you place a "2" block on top of a single "4" block, the "2" will immediately disappear. Numberless gray blocks also appear from time to time, and special shaded blocks need to be busted open before they can vanish. It's all a wonderfully tidy mess of squares!
Old mobile game pros will recognize this very similar set-up as displayed by Drop7, one of the early hits on iOS devices. Eighty-Eight doesn't try to hide its inspirations, but it does go a little further by introducing a badge system, gameplay statistics, Game Center support, and two unique modes of play. Easy to understand, but building a decent level of proficiency will require time and patience, which is exactly why we love games like this!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.