2048 was intended to be an improved version of the iOS game Threes which was released a month earlier. Cirulli himself described 2048 as being “conceptually similar” to Threes. The release of 2048 resulted in the rapid appearance of many similar games, akin to the flood of Flappy Bird variations from 2013. The game received generally positive reviews from critics, with it being described as “viral” and “addictive”.
A completed game. The 2048 tile is in the bottom-right corner.
2048 is often played on a plain 4×4 grid, with numbered tiles that slide when a player moves them using the four arrow keys. Every turn, a new tile randomly appears in an empty spot on the board with a value of either 2 or 4. Tiles slide as far as possible in the chosen direction until they are stopped by either another tile or the edge of the grid. If two tiles of the same number collide while moving, they will merge into a tile with the total value of the two tiles that collided. The resulting tile cannot merge with another tile again in the same move. Higher-scoring tiles emit a soft glow, and the highest possible tile is 131,072.
If a move causes three consecutive tiles of the same value to slide together, only the two tiles farthest along the direction of motion will combine. If all four spaces in a row or column are filled with tiles of the same value, a move parallel to that row/column will combine the first two and last two. A scoreboard on the upper-right keeps track of the user’s score. The user’s score starts at zero, and is increased whenever two tiles combine, by the value of the new tile.
The game is won when a tile with a value of 2048 appears on the board, hence the name of the game. After reaching the 2048 tile, players can continue to play to reach higher scores. When the player has no legal moves (there are no empty spaces and no adjacent tiles with the same value), the game ends.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do you cheat on 2048?
Just try tapping “up” then “right” in alternating order until you can’t move. Then press left. You may not get to a 2048, but you might just see your highest score ever. The fact that this is so easy, Vollmer argues, suggests that Cirulli didn’t put much thought into the game.
How do you beat 2048 hack?
Keep the highest tile in the corner and do not move it. And then play with only 2 (or 3 sometimes) arrow keys and move the other higher tiles towards the same corner. If you follow this 2048 game hack then there is 80% chance to achieve the 2048 tile.
What is the highest score on 2048?
Most instances ended with a score around 390,000 and a 16,384 tile, but the best instance built a 32,768 tile and stayed alive long enough to reach a score of 839,732. As far as I know, this is the highest score achieved in without undos.
Is there an algorithm for 2048?
Solving this game is an interesting problem because it has a random component. It’s impossible to correctly predict not only where each new tile will be placed, but whether it will be a “2” or a “4”. As such, it is impossible to have an algorithm that will correctly solve the puzzle every time.
What happens when you get the 2048 tile?
Once you have a 2048 tile, the game will give you the option to continue. … As for the colours, they are again the same as 2048, but for half the value. So a tile with value 2 will have the 2048 style for a 4 tile, an 8 tile will have the same as a 16, etc.