Freaking Sign, a math puzzle game for Windows Phone that can drive you nuts
If you hate math puzzles, do not try Freaking Sign. It is a Windows Phone game where you are challenged to solve basic math problems and determine the relationship between the two solutions.
Sounds easy but you only have three seconds to decide if the relationship between the two values are greater than, equal or less than. Don't let the minimalistic layout or simple equations fool you. As the Windows Phone Store description states, "Freaking Sign can make you freaking mad!".
Freaking Sign is available for low-memory Windows Phones.
There really is not much to Freaking Sign. The main menu has options to view the game's top scores, rate the game in the Windows Phone Store, share the game with others and hop into game play.
The top score view will require you to establish a player name and enter your email address. Settings are limited to muting the game sounds, which is done from the game screen (mute button in the upper left corner). This is not the best of situations in that if you want to mute the sounds in the middle of game play and with only three seconds to solve the puzzle that may be a tough task. It may be better to have a mute button on the main menu for convenience.
The game screen for Freaking Sign has two equations sitting in the middle of the screen. You have three answer options running across the bottom of the game screen that includes the greater than, equals and less than symbol.
The object of the game is to solve the equations and decide the relationship between the top solution and the bottom solution. For example, the top equation is 8 - 3 and the bottom equation is 6 + 2. You then have to decide the relationship 5 has to 8, which is less than or the < symbol. When you tap the answer to the first puzzle, the game timer will start and from there on out, you will only have three seconds to solve the equations and determine the relationships of the sums.
The equations with Freaking Sign covers the basics such as addition and subtraction. I'm not sure if there are any multiplication or division equations involved with the higher levels because after two days trying, I have yet to make it very far into the double digit levels.
The goal with Freaking Sign is to solve as many math puzzles as possible. Your scoring is based on how many levels you solve (one point per) and three seconds pass by quicker than you think. Don't be surprised if it takes you a while to solve more than three levels of game play. Then again, I could just suck at math and everyone else will find this game to be a breeze.
Freaking Sign is a simple, yet challenging Windows Phone game. It will test your speed at solving math problems and reflexes in tapping the correct answer. Take away the three second timer and Freaking Sign becomes ridiculously easy but with the clock in place, the game comes close to being ridiculously evil.
I cannot see myself spending hours on end with Freaking Sign, however, I can see Freaking Sign being a fun game to come back to from time to time or a game to challenge your friends with.
At last check, Freaking Sign pulls down a 5 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store with almost sixty reviews. We would dial the rating down just a tad, probably in the 4 - 4.5 Star range. The free version is ad-supported and you can get rid of the ads with a $.99 in-app purchase. If you try Freaking Sign, let us know what you think of the game in the comments below and feel free to brag about your score.
Oh and don't forget to rate the game in the Windows Phone Store. It is the easiest way to offer up feedback to the developer.
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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.