2048 is a passive puzzle video game developed by Gabriele Cirulli and published for the browser on 2014-03-09. It is based on the the game Threes! Because the developer released it as open source, it has since been ported to dozens of other platforms, including several 8-bit platforms.
The game is played on a 4x4 grid and tile with a numeric value can appear in any grid space. Each turn, the player must slide all tiles as far as they can go to the left, right, top or bottom of the grid. Any tiles which collide with a tile of matching value will combine and double their value, but tiles of a different value cannot overlap. At the end of each move, a 2 or 4 tile is randomly placed in an open space in the grid. The objective is keep merging tiles to create a tile with a value of 2048. However, you lose when the gird becomes full of tiles and you cannot merge any.
I think I remember seeing screenshots of 2048 not too long after it became a very popular online game. However, I didn't play it until it was added to Rockbox. I played it several times until I developed a working strategy, then beat it in 2016. Curious to see what would happen if I were to reach 4096, I kept playing, but, at my best I could only ever get was 2048 and a 1024. Later, I found the original online version and beat it on 2022-10-19.
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- As puzzle games go, this one is quite effective. It's easy to learn, but a winning strategy isn't obvious. And, while a good strategy will take you far, the random element ensure that some games will still end prematurely.
- Due to its simplicity, there isn't much to the game. While you may come back to it many times, it won't have much affect on you.
- The game is very media challenged with only primitive graphics and no sound effects or music.
|Bechdel test?||Fail||There are no characters.|
|Strong female character?||Fail||There are no characters.|
|Strong non-white character?||Fail||There are no characters.|
|Queer character?||Fail||There are no characters.|