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Genre: Casual, Number Crunch :: Players: 1 :: Released: 19/6/08

Numba Review

Developer: Connect2Media

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Long gameplay

Cons

Game does drag on at times
Cannot jump levels

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

78

Graphics

72

Sound

70

Controls

83

Playability

78

Lastability

88

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 4 hours
Game Progress Level 51

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 19/6/08

Like Pi, this never ends and it's pretty easy.


Here's another mobile casual game that comes to us thanks to the PC and bored office workers worldwide. Numba is the Mary Poppins of brain training compared to Dr Kawashima's Nanny McPhee. Calling Numba a brain training game is a little over exuberant but you get the idea.

Numba is a block matching game of sorts. The grid is filled with numbered squares and using your impressive mathematics skills, you need to find chains of numbers to complete the progress bar and ultimately each level. The clever bit is the chains themselves. You are free to create any logical sequence of three or more numbers. Almost anything is valid and includes 1, 1, 1 or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 9, 5, 1. The more complicated the maths and the higher the numbers, the more points you get and the quicker you complete the level. Chains can only be formed along the horizontal and vertical lines so a little bit of planning is required to get the biggest scores. Once the chain is complete, the numbers disappear and a new bunch drop from the top to maintain the grid.

The levels start decidedly easy with the board being filled with numbers ranging between 1 and 3. It is slow progress to get to the more interesting levels where you have more combos on offer. Just as dreams of creating the Fibonacci Series come to mind, Numba throws in fire and ice blocks to add another dimension to the game. Ice blocks are harmless but cannot be selected; after 10 rounds they will melt but if you manage to position a fire block near one then the effect is immediate. Fire blocks are not your salvation though, while you can use these in your chains, they do burn out pretty quickly and you are left with a useless solid block to hinder your progress.

While there is fun to be had, the game chugs through the levels in a slow and steady format. There are plenty of levels on offer, we managed 51 before lack of concentration caused an early demise. Infinite levels should be a good thing but here the thought of having to play through the first 20 levels to get to the good stuff is a little depressing after the second and third attempt. As a casual mobile game where you can play on auto pilot, it succeeds very well.

For those looking for more of a challenge, Numba gives you Puzzle mode. Here, new blocks do not fall and you have to pick out the correct chains to clear the grid of all blocks. The grids are more varied and the challenges far tougher than the arcade mode. It's perfect for those masochists wanting a short fix of mental torture.

Overall, Numba is a run of the mill PC to mobile casual game and is lacking snazzy PC graphics and effects to set this apart from other titles. But if playing this makes you feel like a maths genius then go for it.