Merged: Your New Time Waster
You know that I like to find games that waste time… I mean… help me relax while I’m waiting in line. I am currently obsessed with a game called Merged (here it is on Android), and it’s so good, though it has a bit of a learning curve. Okay, so this is how you play.
You start off with a blank board and a single die at the bottom of the screen. You can place it anywhere on the board. I like to always begin at the lower right corner, but that’s just me. In the example below, I randomly start out with an orange 2.
I place it in the lower right corner of the board. Once I do that, I receive either another die or set of dice. In this example, I get two dice.
The key is to get three die of the same colour to touch. So, in this case, I could slide over the dice (they move together) so that they run purple, orange, orange at the bottom of the screen. But that is NOT what I do. Instead, I tap the purple/orange dice until they are stacked, purple on top and orange on the bottom. I move that onto the board as seen below:
This is where it gets fun. You can see that I get another die in the queue: an orange 2. Perfect. I place that to the right of the purple die on the board, and that connects three orange 2s in a row. As long as they are touching, they are connected whether they’re in a straight line or an L shape. Once you have 3 (or more) connected, they merge and become a single die, one number higher than the group that just merged. So all those 2s will become a pink 3.
You’ll notice that the new die will be wherever you placed the last die (or dice) that kicked off the merge. So those purple 1s (once they have 3 dice in a row) will form a 2. Another group of 2s will form a 3. And hey, those 3s will all merge to clear out a little bit of the board and form a 4. The game keeps moving on, and you can place any new die anywhere on the board, so don’t feel as if you need to have the new ones touch the old ones unless they help with a merge. And don’t forget that when the dice are in the queue, you can tap them so they shift around to fit a space better.
Be strategic. You want to start growing your 1s pretty close to any 2s on the board because the 1s will eventually merge into 2s and therefore join along with the existing 2s. Make sense?
What happens after you get 3 6s in a row? Those yellow 6s merge together to form an M. It’s just a big, white pulsating M, and when you get 3 Ms in a row, they go off like a bomb, clearing out a bunch of other dice around it and giving you major points. My high score so far has been 896. The game is over when the whole board is filled and you can’t move anymore.