Category Archives: Other Games & Virtual Spaces

The 10 Best 2048 Spin Off Games

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.

If you don’t know this browser game, here’s a short intro post I wrote about it, and here’s my strategy guide on how to reach the 2048 tile. Or just go ahead and play the original 2048 right now!

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.

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DOGE2048

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.

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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.

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2048 Multiplayer

Oh lord! I'm the one of the left.

Oh lord! I’m the one of the left.

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.

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Strategy Guide to Winning the 2048 Game

I finally beat the 2048 game!

I had to keep playing last night after I first discovered the game. And when I had also chosen to blog about it, I now had to prove I could reach the 2048 tile.

If you don’t know this browser game, here’s a short intro post I wrote about it, or just go ahead and play 2048 right now!

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After you reach the 2048 tile, the game will allow you to keep playing. Which of course I did! I didn’t make it far enough to get a 4096 tile, but it is possible!

The truth is, even though I felt addicted to the game, it didn’t bore me and I happily continued. When I lost, I didn’t get annoyed at myself or the game. Every time I beat my highscore, I just got even more excited. So all in all, if I had to feel really obsessed about a puzzle game, this was the perfect one.

Now on to the strategy!

I followed a few principles, and they are listed here in order of importance.

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Don’t push the right key (unless it’s your only viable move).

  • 1: Choose to move your blocks in only 3 directions.

I never touched the right key, and thus, my blocks never moved all the way to the right. This keeps the big numbers along the left wall, and you can then merge your blocks moving further backwards to the left.

As you can see, it may not stay perfect. But don’t worry, it almost always sorts itself out.

Do not fall for the temptation to press the fourth key! (Unless you are at the very end and you will win doing it).

You might run into a situation where you have no choice but to press the fourth key (see picture above). But your game is not lost. It might mess it up a little, but keep going according to plan.

  • 2: Prioritize merging left.

Using the left key to merge blocks, is better than up or down (if you choose to not use the right key, as described in step 1).

It keeps the bigger numbers closer to your back wall to the left, and you’ll also avoid too many smaller numbers crowding your right side area.

  • 3: Do not panic if your board starts to fill up.
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It looks crowded, but look, there’s a path!

It will happen, just keep your focus on where there is a merge-path. Start eyeing up the 8′s and aim to merge your 4′s and 2′s into it.

Often you’ll be able to move your blocks along a whole path towards the left – merging bigger and bigger numbers. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find your free space much more open again.

My Highscore: 25.036

Closing notes

This is not a guaranteed way to win, it’s a strategy that will enable you to get big scores and eventually win. The computer will mostly pop 2′s, but it might also pop a 4, and they appear in a random free slot. These two random elements mean that not two games will be the same, yet you will win if you persist!

I was hoping I was the only person having figured out this trick, but no. There is another strategy which is very similar: Yahoo! Finance. The author Peter Spence recommends keeping the biggest number in one corner. As you can see in the first picture, I didn’t do that, I just kept my highest tiles to the left at whatever position. Either will do I’m sure.

Yet again, credit goes to Gabriele Cirulli for creating this game.

Have fun playing!

Fun Browser Game: Can you get the 2048 tile?

Check out this fun, but very addictive, little browser game. If you’re bored of Bubbleshooter, this is your new drug!

2048 game

How to play: Use your arrow keys to move the tiles. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one with double the value.

The goal: Merge the tiles until you get a tile with the value of 2048.

Click this link to play in your browser.

I’ve spent at least a couple of hours playing, and I think I’ve found a guiding principle for how to do it. I just need a little luck and a little more patience. I still haven’t achieved a 1024 tile though.

It’s a perfect format for an app game, but some of the versions I found had ads in them, and I’d rather pay for my games. However, this seems like an alternative: Google play. It’s a webview that loads the locally stored HTML files of the original game, so you can play without internet connection, and there are no ads. I haven’t tried downloading it yet though.

Credit to Gabriele Cirulli for making the 2048 game! http://gabrielecirulli.com/