My 6th grader came home from school last week, and asked to use my iPhone – “for homework”, she said. I rolled my eyes, smiling, as I handed her the phone – “Oh, really?”, wondering which game she would start up.
She then went to the App Store and downloaded 2048. “My homework is to get as high of a score as possible, Mom!” After 30 minutes or so, she quit at 128.
As a parent, it’s important to keep an eye on what my kids are doing, so, of course, I had to check it out. I asked her to explain how it worked. 30 minutes later, after many Game Over’s, my high score – 256.
Dang. This is like Flappy Bird – for math!
What is 2048?
2048 is a free single player online sliding block puzzle game, where you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them. The goal is to join the numbers so they eventually add up to the 2048 tile.
How to play:
On your smartphone, swipe to move the tiles. On your PC, use your arrow keys to move the tiles.
When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one. Get to the 2048 tile, and you reach a high score.
Simple and fun, 2048 is free to play, and not monetized in any way.
According to Wikipedia:
The game has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “almost like Candy Crush for math geeks”.
I know people who have gotten as high as 8192, and some people play this game for days – weeks even – to try to attain the highest score possible. Crazy. But geek-cool. Highest score so far? One Reddit user got a score of 3,866,384.
And if you like 2048, which is a game of 2’s, you might want to try out Threes.
PC download – http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/
iOS download – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/id840919914?mt=8