Watch this robot play Threes at a pro level

But can it dance?

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(Editor's Note: The Twitch stream broadcasts intermittently, but will be playing during the weekend).

Depending on how good your are at the mobile game Threes, you can either watch the stream above and scoff at the computer's rookie mistakes, or despair that you'll ever be anywhere near as good. (I'm in the latter camp).

Threes is a mobile matching game that's simple to learn and deviously addictive, but the later levels especially involve quite a bit of luck. So, it's understandable that the computer does great in the early game getting to 1,536, but has trouble setting record-breaking scores. But that's also because robots lack the latent psychic abilities that set apart true Threes master*.

The computer takes a screenshot after every move, runs some calculations, then physically swipes the board in the next direction it needs. Unlike when I play, he never needs to gently nudge the cards in one direction or another to help decide whether that'll be a good choice or not.

*Real Threes masters probably aren't psychic, but it makes me feel better to imagine that when I look at my own leaderboard rankings.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Discussion

9 comments
dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Where is the video, GS? Could you get another link for this? :-\

blackace
blackace

What the hell is "Threes"? Never even heard of this. Why is this news? This is something you would find on someone Blog. Yes, I do believe Gamespot is bored and news must be slow. It should pick up next month.

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abcdefgabcdefgz

I dont know what threes is but there are plenty of tougher games as a test for AI then this. Poker, go, brood war, and so on
. The state space of brood war is much larger then this game im sure and much more challenging

Delston
Delston

@blackace  Threes is a game.  This is a gaming site.  Duh.  (try it you might actually enjoy it).

cheeckybit
cheeckybit

@julieaharris Stop posting your shitty retarded amazon link. Ah, you're an useless idiot by the way. Stupid idiotic retarded.