2048: My Newest Puzzle Game Obsession

Well, my days of accomplishing anything at all have come to an end, thanks to a game called “2048.”

Actually, the thanks goes to yesterday’s xkcd (or more accurately, the Explain xkcd wiki) for introducing me to the most addictive puzzle since Sudoku.

2048 is a simple online game involving numbered tiles on a 4×4 grid. Use the arrow keys to shift the tiles as far as they can go in any direction. When two tiles with the same number meet, they merge into a new tile with the combined value. With every move a new tile will appear on a random empty cell. The goal is to get a tile with the number 2048, but you lose if you fill up the entire grid and have no more moves.

2048 sample 1

I’ve yet to win, but I’m getting better!

It’s actually far simpler than it sounds. You’ll get the hang of it in just a few moves, but the longer you play the more you’ll start to recognize patterns and strategies.

It’s insanely addictive, and best of all, totally free! But there is a link to donate, and I highly recommend that you do. Developers like this should be encouraged.

Play 2048 here, or visit http://git.io/2048 on your mobile browser.

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