Challenge Your Basic Math Skills in Nozoku Rush [App Review]

NozokuRushIconToday’s application review is also a free app and it will remind you of Tetris and math class all at once. Chaotic Box has let Nozoku Rush go free for a day in the iOS App Store. Normally this game sells for $2.99 and after playing it for a couple of hours, I would definitely pay the normal price but I didn’t and you don’t either if you head over to the iOS App Store and download it today. Check out my quick review of this number crunching and tile busting application before you decide if it’s worth the storage space on your iOS device.

This fast paced game will quickly test your basic math skills. It seems so simple at first but as the game goes on, you find yourself panicking as you feverishly scan the board to clear numbered tiles. The overall concept is extremely easy to grasp. Start by placing your finger on a numbered tile and this is your starting number value. Next, either swipe or tap the surrounding numbered tiles to subtract the starting number value total to equal zero. Swiping is faster if the number combinations are right inline with one another. I found tapping the numbers resulted in quicker tile clearing when you had to deviate from straight lines up or down. If you do tap the numbers to clear, the last tile you select to get to zero must be double tapped to execute the clearing of the tiles.

In order to correctly clear the numbered tiles, you must follow a basic rule. You can only connect those numbered tiles that are connected to one another. What I mean by that is if the numbered tile is not directly touching the next tile in the sequence, you cannot use that numbered tile while subtracting the sequence to zero. This is when I found tapping the tiles to be most beneficial. It was difficult at times to use the swipe method to quickly and accurately select tiles that were diagonally connected to one another.

NozokuRushScreenshotThere are a few tiles that hold special powers. Blue tiles with arrows on them will clear the row they are situated in if they’re are used in your clearing sequence. Red flashing tiles will stop time for a brief period when used in a sequence. Also, there are tiles that are black with a zero in the middle of them. These are extremely useful when trying to connect numbers in different rows, especially when you can get a few of them connected with one another. The more tiles you clear in one sequence, the more tiles from the board you’ll clear, which results in more points. For example, if you have a number five tile next to a zero tile and there are three other tiles with zeros on them connected to one another and at the end of the sequence there’s another five, you can connect these five tiles and zero them out and blast out all five of these tiles. It may sound confusing, but once you see it in play, it’ll make sense and you’ll understand how beneficial it really is.

In order to get more black zero tiles, you must clear numbers of the same value directly connected with one another. It’s only a two tile clear, but these tiles come in handy so make sure to watch out for these opportunities while playing.

There are two different game styles you can select, race or rush. Race is where players race against the clock to clear as many tiles and rack up as many points as they can in the allotted time. You can add time to the clock by clearing large combinations or stop the clock for brief periods by using the red tiles in your sequence that I described earlier. Rush is where you are presented with a smaller number of blocks at the beginning of the game, but numbered tiles continually drop from the top of the screen. Players must not let the tiles reach the top of the screen or the game is over.

screen261432305Of the two styles, I found rush to be more complicated since the tiles dropping from the top form columns that don’t have many sequence connections. This forces players to work from the bottom up to clear tiles and makes new connection possibilities. At times, however, there are possible clearing sequences up top but players must be scanning for them since this style is ever evolving.

In addition to the two game styles in Nozoko Rush, players can also turn on and off extreme mode. When this mode is selected, things get a little intense. Normally you can see the total needed to clear the tile sequence at the top of the screen, but with extreme mode on, this feature is gone. Time goes a little faster in extreme mode too. I always feel the rush style of play goes fast, but in extreme mode the tiles are dropping lightning fast. I could tell right away, I wasn’t ready for extreme mode just yet in either style of play.

Nozoko Rush is social too, so players are able to share their gameplay on both Twitter and Facebook. You can view how you stack up on the leaderboards and even send friend requests to other players as well as challenge them.

If you’re looking for a challenging game that won’t break the bank, at all, you should download Nozoko Rush today in the iOS App Store before the price goes back up. Even if you’re reading this after the price goes back up, I’m certain you’ll still be happy with your purchase since this game will provide you with hours and hours of fun.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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Jeremy McGinty

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