Addictive card-sliding game Threes! is Starbucks’ free app of the week

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One of the great things Starbucks does for its customers is its Pick of the Week promotion. By just wandering into your local coffee shop and ordering a cup of joe, you can pick up a killer app or iBook, all for free. And it’s been going strong since 2011.

The Pick of the Week has given out some great apps in its time, but this week’s giveaway is a real winner: Starbucks is giving away Threes!, the killer side-swiping game that Apple declared one of the best-designed apps of 2014.

Threes! is a devious strategy classic that may very well be the next Tetris. Already ripped off by dozens of shameless copycats, the gameplay of Threes! is simple: Just slide cards on a grid with different numbers on them into each other to make powers of threes. But behind that simple pattern lurks untold layers of subtlety and strategy.

Threes! usually sells for $1.99, but you can get it for free just by walking into a Starbucks and picking up a download card, or loading up the Starbucks app on your iPhone when you’re connected to a Starbucks Wi-Fi network.

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