Like Threes, but with a mouse
May 14, 2015 12:32 AM   Subscribe

Twenty is a game where you put tiles on other tiles in order to get higher numbers.
posted by frimble (27 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
Note, the game doesn't end when you earn a 20, but keeps going until you lose. The only real commemoration of your accomplishment is a little 20 in the corner of the window.
posted by JHarris at 1:07 AM on May 14, 2015

oh no
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:10 AM on May 14, 2015 [7 favorites]

I think a casual mode, with a much slower or manually-triggered scroll, would be very relaxing.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:40 AM on May 14, 2015 [2 favorites]

0h h1, did you mean to write '0h n0'?
posted by KMB at 1:43 AM on May 14, 2015 [3 favorites]

I just annoyed a coworker by exclaiming "Oh, come ON!" when I saw one of those multi-directional ligatures.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:48 AM on May 14, 2015 [2 favorites]

I can't get past 16! Gah I want to win this forever.
posted by wemayfreeze at 1:54 AM on May 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

call me when there is a zen mode
posted by Mizu at 1:55 AM on May 14, 2015 [5 favorites]

Also the appealing graphics and that uber-satisfying sound when you make a match is perfect for reinforcing addictive behavior.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:56 AM on May 14, 2015

Zen-Mode (it's turn-based not time-based; still beta aka there might be bugs)
Auto-Mode (copy&paste it in your browser's console (hit F12 key) and the game will play itself in a fast pace)
Both lifted from this HN post.
posted by KMB at 2:14 AM on May 14, 2015 [7 favorites]

How does it decide when to add a horizontal lock?
posted by jeather at 5:47 AM on May 14, 2015

I keep getting a bug (?) where it starts adding lines in a discrete pattern, and then the same pattern off by one, forever:


This ends the game in a rather disappointing manner.
posted by explosion at 5:54 AM on May 14, 2015

Tips? Strategy...I'm only getting to 15.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:06 AM on May 14, 2015

Is there an actual puzzle requiring pure thought here, or is it just a time-limited game of pattern matching? Ie: is this Threes? Or is it Tetris?

Until they introduced the connected tile pairs it seemed there could be no puzzle at all, just keep shuffling and clearing. The pairs have a way of locking the board down more so that managing space becomes more of a challenge, but it still seems if you can just move fast enough you can keep the board clear enough to do anything. But I only played it once.
posted by Nelson at 6:08 AM on May 14, 2015 [2 favorites]

I hate you.

No. I love you.

No. I hate you.

posted by Nanukthedog at 6:08 AM on May 14, 2015 [4 favorites]

I managed to 17 on my first try. frimble you have ruined my work day.
posted by numaner at 7:14 AM on May 14, 2015

I got to 19! But by then the board was too full to maneuver. The locked-together blocks are a creative way to make it more challenging.
posted by Rangi at 8:53 AM on May 14, 2015

Got to 20 .... finally!!

keep empty spaces in form of empty columns ... they help move tiles .. build towers try to get a lower valued tile above a higher valued tile ... if you can create an continuously ordered tower with lowest at top, its pretty fun to finally see the tower collapse in a cascading manner and release a lot of space in one move.
posted by TheLittlePrince at 9:29 AM on May 14, 2015 [2 favorites]

I had just gotten over my 2048 addiction, dammit.
posted by une_heure_pleine at 11:51 AM on May 14, 2015 [4 favorites]

I was doing just fine, then it started gluing tiles together so they were significantly harder to move. I think I got up to 12, on my first and only go, because I have stuff to do this evening damnit!
posted by BuxtonTheRed at 12:43 PM on May 14, 2015

I like the Zen mode much better than the regular one. It's not even the time factor. For me, the tiles dropping from the top make it easier for me to plan.

I've only made it to 17 so far but I have all day at work tomorrow to work on this.
posted by darksong at 5:01 PM on May 14, 2015

I had just gotten over my 2048 addiction, dammit.

I got over my 2048 addition the very minute I downloaded the "Twenty" app. I don't see a zen mode on the app, though.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 5:31 PM on May 14, 2015

You can also combine numbers sideways, not just by dropping one on top of another.

It took until the third game for me to find that out, and it's quite handy, say, when you have a huge tower and you don't want to unstack it just to match a bottom tile.
posted by cyberscythe at 6:43 PM on May 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Finally! That took altogether too long to win.
posted by ZipRibbons at 1:24 AM on May 15, 2015

I'd love if the iOS version added a Swype-style mechanic where you can just drag your finger continuously from tile to tile.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:28 PM on May 16, 2015

frimble, if you could pop around now to do the housework I have ignored since you posted this... I'd appreciate it.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:56 AM on May 18, 2015

Sigh. Always 17. Anyone have a spare wrist brace?
posted by Thella at 1:01 AM on May 21, 2015


The trick is to cheat. If you pause the board is still visible which gives you time to think and plan.

The other trick is to just keep everything stacked up in two columns along the sides. Keep the middle open the whole time. Since only two blocks are touching the ground you get fewer blocks stuck together and the ones that do pop up pre-stuck will be accessible for smashing apart.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:50 AM on May 27, 2015

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