Death Board, a simple yet agonizing Windows Phone game

Death Board is a Windows Phone game that has the potential to drive you nuts. It is a game that challenges you to quickly find a matching number before the game clock strikes zero.

While the game concept sounds simple, you only have a few seconds on the clock and it's surprising how long it takes to have four digit numbers register in your brain. I'm not sure how much staying power Death Board will have but for occasional gaming or as a conversation piece, the game should do well.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, don't be shocked if your score stays in the single digits with Death Board.

There is not much to Death Board as far as layout it concerned. When you launch the game, a tutorial screen that explains game play will greet you. When you think you are ready to play the game, tap the screen and a "3,2,1" countdown will begin.

The number you are trying to match will be displayed center screen with a handful of possible matches will be scattered around the chalkboard. Your game timer bar and score is displayed at the top of the screen. As soon as you find the matching number, tap it. If you tap the correct number, you will proceed to the next level of play.

Tap the wrong number or allow the timer to hit zero a tacky buzzer will sound and you lose.

The number possibilities are written upside down, sideways and at angles. I was surprised how difficult it was to read the four number figure at the center of the screen, find the match and tap the screen in what feels like three seconds.

Overall Impression

Death Board is a challenging Windows Phone game that will test your skills at speed and recognition. I don't think many will find themselves sitting down and playing Death Board for extended periods but for short bits of time, it can be a fun (all be it humbling) game.

The game ran smooth and while challenging, I wouldn't mind seeing the game give players a fighting chance in the beginning. Maybe add a few seconds to the timer and have it shorten as you progress through the levels.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for a simple, challenging and at times frustrating gaming title for your Windows Phone Death Board is worth trying. It is a free ad-supported game that does have full-screen ads but not with an annoying frequency.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.