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2048: I Now Think in Duplicate

Replacing Candy Crush as my new love is the game 2048.  I didn’t really get it at first, so it took me three tries before I really started playing the game.  The game starts with the number 2, and the goal is to get a square called 2048.  To do this, you slide together two 2s, which becomes a 4.  If you slide together two 4s, it becomes an 8.  Two eights becomes a 16.  And so on.

You can only combine two of the same number.  All the tiles slide over in the same direction when you move one, so you also need to manipulate the board so that same numbers are next to one another.

Essentially, to win the game, you need to create two 1024 squares, get them next to one another, and slide them together.  Just to give you a sense of how many combinations you’ll need to make to get to that 1024 square:

  • 2 + 2 = 4
  • 4 + 4 = 8
  • 8 + 8 = 16
  • 16 + 16 = 32
  • 32 + 32 =64
  • 64 + 64 = 128
  • 128 + 128 = 256 (this is the highest square I was able to form after 3 tries)
  • 256 + 256 = 512
  • 512 + 512 = 1024
  • 1024 + 1024 = 2048

Got it?  So you essential build 10 layers to create this one square.

You can also play online if you don’t have a mobile device.  A note: you need to use the arrow cursors, not your mouse, to make the numbers move left, right, up, and down.  Also, remember, all the tiles slide in the same direction, so if you move one tile, you may be moving all the tiles.

Good luck.  I think it is the most brilliant way to introduce the concept of multiples to a kid in a fun, hands-on way.

10 comments

1 a { 04.23.14 at 2:26 pm }

That’s one of my daughter’s games of choice when she gets her hands on my phone. I like it quite well myself, although I don’t think I’ve made it past 256. I do like that it exposes her to number combinations without the pressure of having to think too hard about it. By the time she’s in high school, her binary skills should be first rate!

2 Peg { 04.23.14 at 3:07 pm }

LOVE this game. the 12 year old downloaded it and I’m addicted.

3 Mrs T (missohkay) { 04.23.14 at 4:25 pm }

I am addicted to this game too. I downloaded it before my flight the other day and played it for an 3.5 hours straight. It really takes your mind off the turbulence (okay, no, it doesn’t).

4 Isabelle { 04.24.14 at 3:35 am }

I didn’t know about this game until I had to download something for our current India/Hong Kong trip. I have been hooked since then… I am currently sitting at my in-laws in India going online and playing this game. 🙂 I’m not the best though. Did you get to 2048?

5 Persnickety { 04.24.14 at 7:12 am }

I haven’t tried this one, too busy playing threes ( very similar but with a starting base of 3)

6 JustHeather { 04.25.14 at 2:33 pm }

I saw my husband playing this and tuned out. LOL. If he likes it, I most likely won’t. 😀 Maybe I should try it out…

7 Mina { 04.26.14 at 4:22 pm }

Me too, I LOVE this game. I made it as far as 512. And I have deleted candy crush a long time ago, and have not missed it not even one little bit. On the contrary. 🙂

8 Mali { 04.27.14 at 8:01 pm }

DAMN YOU, MEL!!!! (Addiction took hold after approximately two games, downloaded immediately after reading this post.) 😉

9 Ana { 04.30.14 at 3:22 pm }

Threes. I lost most of March to Threes. I got scores close to 10,000. And they have a new game, like Tetris but also with WORDS…”puzzle juice”….go there at your own risk.

10 jodifur { 05.07.14 at 12:49 pm }

I played this once. I think I’m missing something.

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