Classic app games never die out of fashion. They just re-emerge in a new form every time. Their simplicity and challenge is what drives them and makes them popular. As easy as these might sound in theory, once you begin playing it is when you realise how tricky it can get. Pins and Needles, an iOS app, are in the league of this kind of game. Once you get started is when the challenge hits you fully and you get addicted.

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Pins and needles comes with two puzzles incorporated into a single game. You either play the pins or you play the needles. The choice is all yours. Playing pins is quite simple. There is a rotating wheel. You have to drop pins on it such that they do not land on top of any existing needles. Sounds easy right? There is more to it. Before you know it, the wheel will change into reverse or change speed or rotate in slow motion. Predicting these changes and reacting to them is the tricky part. The Needles part of the app is equally hard. There is a rotating wheel with needles on it. You have to drop balls on top of these needles.

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As the levels advance, so does the level of difficulty. The initial levels are really simple. As you advance forward, they get more challenging and will get you to rack your brains. With the increasing difficulty level, the level of addiction also increases just as rapidly. Once you start playing, you will not be able to put down the device.

The app is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. It has been optimized for the iPhone 5. At present, it is available for free download in the App Store. All it requires are iOS 6.0 or higher versions and 12.4 MB of free memory space. Although the app is free, it is full of annoying advertisements that can really get to you. They spoil the experience of the game, acting as a huge bummer. To remove the ads, there is an in-app purchase worth $0.99 only. That is the only solution possible for the issue.

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In addition to this, app developer Harold Hemmings has done a superb job with the user interface. It has been kept minimalistic and simple. All clutter has been left out of the picture. Only necessary components are present. This simplicity of design and minimalistic design is the prime contributing factor to making the app come off as simple and easy. While the game concept and controls are easy to learn, mastering them requires a lot of practice and skill too. It is exactly this that adds to the challenge of the game.

Pins and needles is a simple game that revolves around either playing the pins or the needles. It is a fun filled extremely fun game. Building the right kind of tower requires strategy and prior planning. Without that, the app is no good for recruitment. Each part minds its own business. If you like challenges, this app is for you.

Good: Challenging game

Bad: Ads are annoying

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