A virus is threatening the planet! The only way to stop it? Math. On an old-school pocket calculator. This may sound like a fourth-grade nightmare, but Calculator 2: The Game’s numerical head-scratchers are pure puzzling joy.
To conquer the evil Clicky plague, players must quickly solve digital conundrums in a limited number of moves. An early equation, for example, tasks you to add threes and twos to reach your goal of eight—in just three taps.
The puzzles get progressively harder, but that degree in accounting won’t necessarily help you crack the more difficult problems. Calculator 2 regularly shelves real-word math for the totally made-up kind. While the initial challenges call on basic arithmetic, it isn’t long before the game starts layering in new rules and mechanics, like putting buttons on your device that can add or remove digits to number strings.
This clever combination of traditional math and navigating numerical relationships makes for some truly inspired puzzling. Your virus vanquishing is wrapped in a charming, retro presentation, complete with buttons that audibly click and a cute, wisecracking companion that livens up your LCD with tips, narrative beats, and decent jokes about avocado toast.
Whether you love math or just dream of saving the world, Calculator 2 fills the bill. Evil, your days are numbered.