The App Store is full of thousands of games–everyone already knows that. As a result, discoverability has always been an issue for me, as well as thousands of other iOS users. So when it comes to finding a game that I might find interesting enough to play, I usually rely on word of mouth, whether it be a friend, a podcast I listened to, or perhaps if I’m really lucky, a quick browse through the new and notable section of the App Store.
This week I had heard about a “new” puzzle game inspired by Gabriele Cirulli, available on the web, called 2048. I know, I know-the game actually came out in March, but it’s still “new” to me, and I suspect it will be to others as well. It falls in-line nicely with my typical requirements to try a game–it’s quick and easy to learn, but hard to master, I still enjoy playing the game for over a week now–and best of all, it’s free! The last caveat is not a “requirement” for me, but more of a nice bonus in this case. I would gladly drop a few dollars to purchase 2048, and you can, too, to remove the ads, and throw a little support behind the developers, Ketchapp, at the same time.
Gameplay is simple. A swipe in any direction (up-down-left-right) will move all the tiles in that direction as far as they can move. In other words, a swipe to the left in the scenario illustrated above will send all three tiles to the far left regardless how many spaces are available between them and the wall, or even between them and an existing tile.
To play 2048 you need to slide the tiles around the game-board to match like tiles in adjacent squares. When two tiles of the same number come into contact with one another, their sum is added, and they become one new tile. Each move adds a tile to the game-board as well, so you have to make sure you are constantly checking your available moves. The object of the game is to add enough ties together to equal 2048 without actually filling the board completely. Easy–right? Have you tries 2048? If so, did you like it? Have you acquired the 2048 tile yet?
2048 is compatible on the iPhone, iPad 2 and newer and iPod Touch devices running iOS 4.3 or later.