GoSum Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on August 8th, 2012
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHALLENGING
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GoSum is an addicting board game puzzler that is like Scrabble but with numbers.

Developer: Aaptek Ltd
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.5.7
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

GoSum (also available for the iPad) is what happens when Scrabble meets Sudoku. In this addictive and challenging board game puzzler, players must test their knowledge against their opponents by building equations with eight random number and math sign tiles. It has everything players could want in a numbers only game, but the multiplayer options are a little lacking.

Those who have played Scrabble or Words with Friends will find that the board looks almost identical except there are equal signs that cover all the blank spaces. Each person receives six number tiles and two equation symbol tiles. All the numbers are marked with a specific value, while the equation symbols have no value. Much like the aforementioned games, there are double and triple bonus spots on the board where players can achieve higher scores.

The first player creates an equation on the green equal sign. Since all the white spaces are covered with equal signs, players must utilize them strategically. Once a simple equation like 2+6=8 is placed on the board, the next player must then create an equation based off these numbers and signs. The rules are pretty simple to understand. While players cannot use symbols on both sides of the equal sign, they can use more than one symbol in an equation to earn a high score.

Players can either play GoSum through Facebook or they can register an account through the game. Gamers can then play with friends and family via Pass & Play or set up a random match by either entering their opponent’s name, finding a friend on Facebook or playing against someone randomly. Multiple games can be played at one time and are displayed as screen shots when gamers tap on Resume Game.

While there are quite a few ways to play, I found the multiplayer options to be lacking. For one, it was difficult to find anyone to play with online. The few games where I found someone, they never made a move. Secondly, the game doesn’t have a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi multiplayer mode so players are stuck either passing a device back and forth or playing against someone using the online service. However, what would greatly satisfy gamers the most would be a single player option against an AI.

Don’t let the multiplayer options distract you from enjoying the game. While I wasn’t completely satisfied with my options, I still had a lot of fun creating mathematical equations to outsmart my opponents. GoSum comes complete with Game Center leaderboards to up the ante. There is a free version for anyone who wants to check it out before shelling out their cash. It’s a game that I can recommend if have somebody to play against.

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