Now that the Word the madness is fading a bit, The New York Times is launching an addictive math game called digits. Despite my hatred for mathematics, I can already say that digits will take over my life for at least a few weeks, it’s a pretty solid follow up to Word.
The concept here is quite simple and reminds me of blackjack. Basically, digits gives you six numbers that you must add, subtract, multiply, and divide to reach a specific target number. If you complete a challenge perfectly, you get three stars. And if you are within a few points of the target number, you get only one or two stars. (So even if you “lose”, it doesn’t seem like you’re really losing.)
Curiously, digits is partially based on TV game shows (as is Word). Zoe Bell, the executive producer of NYT Games, quotes Des Chiffres et des Lettres and Countdown as primary inspirations. Of course, digits It also takes signals from Wordincluding daily challenges and the ability to play from a browser instead of an app.
This game is still in beta and I’ve already seen some bug reports from early adopters. That said, if a bug doesn’t break the game, it won’t be fixed during the beta period. And how The New York Times explains, the public reception to the digits beta will decide the fate of this game.
If the public is not excited to play digits, can be withdrawn, modified and relaunched. Or it can just be abandoned. Presumably, public reception will also be the deciding factor in whether digits is still free or requires a subscription.
my hope is that digits it is still a free game. Not only is it a fun distraction from work, but it seems like the kind of thing that could get kids engaged with basic math. you can try digits now from the browser of your phone, tablet or computer.
Source: The New York Times