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2048

Rating:
8.1
(8,371 votes)
Released:
December 2019
Technology:
HTML5
Platform:
Browser (desktop, mobile, tablet)
Classification:
Wiki pages:

2048 is a singleplayer sliding tile puzzle game developed by Gabriele Cirulli. Merge tiles with the same power of 2 to get the total sum. The goal is to keep merging tiles this way until you reach 2048!

My kids enjoy the simple challenge of merging the numbers to clear space and stay alive. It’s great to see them figure out strategies for how to efficiently merge bigger and bigger numbers. They don’t realise it but they are learning to do quick addition. There’s also a lot of geographical thinking ahead to avoid making a move that gets you stuck.

Review by FamilyGamingDatabase.

How to Play

Use your arrow keys to move all the tiles in the specified direction. Every time you move, another 2 is spawned into the game. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one, doubling the numerical value. Keep sliding the tiles around until you reach your highest score. The final objective is to get one tile to reach the number 2048. Be careful to think about your movements, as the board will keep filling up each time you move! If the board fills all the way without you reaching 2048, it's game over.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on the edge of the grid. You want the highest number to be in a lovely corner for easy access.
  • Keep making the larger numbers around that corner so you can combine them when they match.
  • If you end up with the higher numbers towards the middle, you can find yourself getting lost with inaccessible numbers quickly, and eventually you will have to start a new game.

What is 2048?

2048 is an open-source puzzle game with math elements, where players slide numerical tiles around a grid to create larger numbers. The game took the world by storm in March 2014 when it was released, surprising the developer who made it in a weekend.

Since then, many variations have been created and distributed thanks to the open-source project. The 2048 game on this page is the original, but you can find more versions below.

Other versions of 2048

Check out our 2048 games for more versions of this web classic! You can play a unique version of 2048 online in Cubes 2048.io, or play the delicious sushi variation of the original in Sushi Drop.

Developer

Gabriele Cirulli created 2048. It is based on 1024 by Veewo Studio and is conceptually similar to Threes by Asher Vollmer.

Release Date

March 2014

Platforms

This game with puzzling tiles is available in browser and works on any device (including iOS and Android smartphones).

Controls

You can move the tiles using the arrow keys or by swiping.

FAQ

What is 2048?

2048 is an open-source puzzle game with math elements, where players slide numerical tiles around a grid to create larger numbers.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on the edge of the grid. You want the highest number to be in a lovely corner for easy access.
  • Keep making the larger numbers around that corner so you can combine them when they match.
  • If you end up with the higher numbers towards the middle, you can find yourself getting lost with inaccessible numbers quickly, and eventually you will have to start a new game.

Gameplay Video

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