My current favorite cell phone game was shown to me by my friend Ricky who sees a lot of cell phones. He works at a mobile phone repair shop and has seen his share of cell phone games. I refer to him often, since he’s working with phones all day long.
He told me about 1010! It’s addictive, for sure. There’s nothing revolutionary about the game, and sometimes whether you lose is just luck of the draw (or odds). I would describe it as a pensive self-paced version of Tetris.
There are no upsells in the game, no lives running out. There are full-screen ads displayed after your game has ended, usually ads for other games.
You are presented with a 10 x 10 grid, and three puzzle pieces that you need to place on the grid. After you place the three you are given, three more appear for you to place. The idea is to make an entire row or column of blocks and that row and/or column will disappear. After each piece is placed, any complete row and/or column will disappear. As the game progresses, I’ve found that the easier to place pieces like the one-block piece show up less and less, and more of the 3×3 pieces and L-shaped pieces pop up.
It’s a nice game that you can stop and start. You don’t have to pause. It just picks off where you left off last time. You don’t need to worry about what ‘strategies’ you had going. Just look at your screen, look at your three pieces to place and you’re ready to pick it up.
On my iPad, I’m currently at around 6500, which is pretty far from my high score, but it’s within range. I think I’ll stop writing and get back to it for a little while!