I first saw Threes reviewed over on The Verge. I thought, meh. Then I saw a review over at Ars Technica and resigned myself to the inevitable. I have also successfully hooked R., at least temporarily. We'll see if this is a single day thing or has persistence. Impossible to describe, cheap, easy to learn how to play and then you can play it a lot trying to figure out how to get better at it. It's not a match three game, either, so a little unusual that I was hooked this fast.
Last night, I watched TRMS more-or-less live, because I planned on going to sleep immediately after. To amuse myself during the ads (which I normally skip through because I usually start watching it mid-program on the Tivo and catch up over the course of the show), I surfed around on my phone, did some updates, etc. I noticed that the Starbucks app (where I store gift cards, which I receive at a rate of approximately 1 a year, and I won't ever use the card if I have to carry it, so this is awesome) had 66 messages. W.T.F. Turns out the app has a free song, free app and additional promotion every week (or almost every week). The media freebies are delivered as iTunes codes (at least for me -- I have no idea if/how this works on Android, but I'm at least moderately curious) which don't expire immediately, so I retrieved several, deleted all the messages and played Help Me Fly for a while, which, if I had not downloaded Threes, I would probably still be playing. Help Me Fly is a cute puzzler.
So: if you're looking for ways to waste your time, Threes is absolutely worth it, Help Me Fly is okay, and the Starbucks app is a source of free music, apps and other goodies (an occasional iBook, type of thing).