These are my 10 favourite derivatives of the 2048 browser game. Some of them are upping the challenge, some of them are just meant for laughs.
Something going viral is basically a case study in creativity exploding online, especially as this game is open source! So lets look at the related games people have created based on Gabriele Cirulli’s original 2048.
DOGE2048 is a good example of the many meme-styled derivatives you’ll find.
They are mostly just reskins, which means the underlying game mechanic is the same. Despite this, I played this one to see what the next DOGE would look like.
HN Plays 2048 aka Collaborative 2048
36 people were playing 2048 when I checked in. Based on a highscore of 15024, they were close to getting 2048, but didn’t make it.
Even though it’s called “multiplayer”, it’s actually just a 2-player version. You play against someone random, and the one who reaches 2048 first wins.
The person I was fighting was extremely fast. Fast to the point of perhaps being AI controlled. I clumsily kept going expecting to be beaten very soon, however, McSpeedy Pants locked him/her/itself up and I ended up winning with the score of 920.
Click below to see the remaining seven games.
It’s a a lot more tricky. It’s hard to avoid getting a lot of smaller numbers, which can easily crowd your board, but the designer made up for it by enlarging it to 5×5 instead of 4×4.
I found this one both challenging and enjoyable! But I do not expect to win it – ever!. Instead I worked to increase my highscore as much as possible. Right now it is 449.
Flappy Bird has now become Flappy 2048.
Good luck on reaching number 2048!
2048 – 3D
The board consists of three 3×3 boards. At each move, a 2 or a 4 will spawn in one of the three boards. All of them move the same way when you press the arrow keys, but limited to their own 3×3 area. If you press ‘Q’, the tiles will switch to the left. If you press ‘E’, they move right.
This was quite challenging, and almost overwhelming at the beginning. I had to spend some time figuring out how exactly the switching worked, yet I quite liked this one!
Of all the derivatives here, I spent the most time on this one. You can merge blocks downwards and sideways – but be quick, the block will eventually freeze. As you can see from my screenshot above, I wasn’t swift enough to merge sideways along the bottom.
This one looks crazy! Random numbers appear and the laws of math seem to be out of the window.
Don’t be fooled, this version is also just a reskin, the mechanics are the same as the original. Going by the colors of the tiles, you can play this one as if it was the original.
But if you want someone to think you are a genius, you can play this while they watch and act as if everything makes perfect sense to you, especially whenever the game goes “That’s Numberwang!”. This will work the best if the spectator has not heard of 2048.
You are probably not going to spend much time playing this one, and you are probably not going to get a higher score than 68.
- Click here to play 4
- Credit to Edwin Zhang for this spin off.
2048 with AI
This is 2048 with AI (Artificial Intelligence). You can get a hint or let the AI play the game itself. I let it run on its own, secretly hoping it would fail. It won … very convincingly.
- Click here to play 2048 with AI (or without, if you please).
- Credit to Matt Overlan for 2048 with AI.
Finally, if you’re getting frustrated with not having reached 2048 yet, this last bonus version will help you out: Enjoy your win!