Goodbye Productivity: Twenty Is The New Threes

Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the Internet, some joker launches a new super simple, ultra addictive puzzle game. For free. What a monster.

Twenty has more than a passing resemblance to Threes, and it’s similar in that you combine numbered cards in a grid to create bigger numbers without running out of space. However, numbers in Twenty are combined by dragging them freely around that grid, and new lines appear at the bottom of the screen every time you hit a time limit or run out of moves. In this way, it shifts the focus away from careful strategy and towards Tetris-like reflexive decision-making. It’s a good time.

It’s also a hard time. The goal is to reach 20 on at least one of your cards, which sounds easy enough. But yeah, here I am, still clicking away…

There are iOS and Android versions, if you’re that way inclined, which are also free. The former includes additional game modes in case the vanilla game isn’t devilish enough for you. Pro tip: don’t make the same mistake I did and assume numbers must be dropped on top of each other to count. Only when you embrace the full freedom of movement that Twenty allows will your mind truly be open.

So say goodbye to your To Do List for the day and give it a shot. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can rub my nose in the fact you hit 20 before me.


  1. Andy_Panthro says:

    I got to 15 on my first try, I think I may end up playing this all weekend to try and reach 20…

  2. PseudoKnight says:

    I was doing well until it dropped 4 rows that had no matches and ended the game completely out of my control. I just sat there and waited to lose.

    • LogicalDash says:

      You can drag and drop to rearrange tiles even if you do not match anything by doing this. It’s not like Bejeweled.

  3. Cronstintein says:

    Holy smokes, I like this game. Perfect for mobile platform. Controls feel great. Time-to-play is perfect for that 10 minute wait in the dentist’s office. And it’s free *without* spamming me with advertisements? What’s the catch?!

    • LogicalDash says:

      There are extra modes (only just added to the Android version) that you have to pay some money for.

  4. tr76 says:

    Jesus this game stresses me out… I got to 16 then had a minor heart attack.

  5. edwardh says:

    I don’t see the similarity to Threes. I can’t stand time-based puzzle games. I need time to think. *uninstalling*

  6. Cronstintein says:

    I like the time-based nature, reminds me of tetris.

  7. kolesGhost says:

    Such a nice relaxing game… until you hit 16 and shit gets crazy. Won’t stop playing until I hit 20.

  8. eAi says:

    I got to 20. My life is complete.