The other day, I was introduced to a brilliant and simple game called 2048. The concept is so simple and I’m kicking myself for not having thought of it myself. 😛


You start with a 4×4 grid in which two of the tiles have 2’s on them. You use your arrow keys (or swipe) to move all of the tiles on the board as far as they can go in the given direction. If any two tiles with the same number touch when moving, they merge into one and the number on the tile doubles (ex. merging two “4” tiles results in one “8” tile).

The goal is to get a tile with 2048 on it.


You can play the official version of 2048 for free in your web browser, which works great on both desktops and mobile devices.

If you’re looking for an app, there seem to be lots of unofficial copies, like this one for Android and this one for iOS.

There are also some goofy themed variations like: DOGE2048, 2048-Tetris, Flappy 2048, and 2048: Doctor Who Edition.