Trios (Switch, PC)

Trios is a math puzzle game where you must solve equations to match the number in the background.  In each stage are bubbles with numbers and equation signs in them (plus, minus, times, and divided by).  You must tap two numbers and an equation sign to make a new number, and repeat the process until you get the desired outcome.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

There are two modes of play.  Journey lets you tackle small, predetermined stages, and Infinite gives you an endless supply of puzzles that increase in difficulty.  You have an unlimited amount of time to solve the puzzles, so it’s not stressful at all.  If you make a mistake, you can undo the last move or start the level over.  You can play the game in handheld mode and use the touch screen to tap the bubbles, or in TV mode where you use a controller to highlight bubbles you want to tap.  One time I encountered a bug that wouldn’t let me do anything in TV mode until I undocked the Switch, but that’s the only problem I had with the game, other than undoing your moves could’ve been done a little better.

Kid Factor:

Nothing violent or objectionable here.  This game could definitely be considered educational.  Perfect for elementary school kids practicing their times and division tables.  Adults can enjoy this game, too, since solving simple math problems in your head is good for your brain.  Reading skill and number recognition is needed to play.  Trios is rated E for Everyone.

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