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.