Do you remember when you had to write a resume for the first time? No matter what the job was, we always included that biggest lie ever told in HR history- great attention to details. Well, this game may actually help you to be that detail oriented person that you always pretended to be.
Get 13 by Thumbspire inc. is a simple concept game in which the player is asked to merge any numbered pods in a single line to add up to, or until, ‘get 13’. The game set you off with a very simple ‘tutorial’ before it pushes your back and say; hey, you are ready now, have fun! Even though I personally went ‘oh sh¡t, I am?’ after the game’s ‘here is a handle and here is a brake’ kind of tutorial, the concept was straight-forward enough to be enjoyable.
Though this reviewer thought it is impossible to lose in this game, the game has proven to has a lot more depth, and surprisingly challenging, than it initially appeared to be. A player will have to decide where the new number pod will appear after it is being merged, which numbers should be merged first, and how the merges should be made so it takes out as little ‘leftover’ numbers behind.
This simple game is calming, thanks to no explosion effects or bright neon coloured items that makes players feel like it will cause seizure. There is no background music to distract you, just simple bloops and bleeps when you merge the pods. The pods are coloured and labeled so it is easy to be differentiated but not so much so it tires out eyes. This game is simple but far from mind-numbing.
Get 13 is clearly a game that is made by people who like puzzles. The game doesn’t bother the player to use a booster when the player is in thought to decide the next move. The game doesn’t act like your friend who played the game before and constantly trying to ‘help’ you by spoiling the game. The game just wants you to get to 13, and it wants you to get good at it. It is a game that you can play when you want to be left alone with puzzle and a cup of tea. I don’t think there are that many games that can be called that anymore, which should be a good enough pitch for Get 13.