The game’s objective is to slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them to create a tile with the number 2048.
2048 has been described to be very similar to the Threes app released a month earlier. Cirulli himself described 2048 as a clone of Veewo Studios’ app 1024, who has actually said in the description of the app to be a clone of Threes.
Cirulli created the game in a single weekend as a test to see if he could program a game from scratch, and was surprised when his game received over 4 million visitors in less than a week, especially since it was just a weekend project.
2048 became a viral hit. The game has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “almost like Candy Crush for math geeks”, and Business Insider called it “Threes on steroids”
2048 is played on a gray 4×4 grid, with numbered tiles that slide smoothly when a player moves them using the four arrow keys. Every turn, a new tile will randomly appear in an empty spot on the board with a value of either 2 or 4. Tiles slide as far as possible in the chosen direction until they are stopped by either another tile or the edge of the grid. If two tiles of the same number collide while moving, they will merge into a tile with the total value of the two tiles that collided. The resulting tile cannot merge with another tile again in the same move. Higher-scoring tiles emit a soft glow.
A scoreboard on the upper-right keeps track of the user’s score. The user’s score starts at zero, and is incremented whenever two tiles combine, by the value of the new tile. As with many arcade games, the user’s best score is shown alongside the current score.
The game is won when a tile with a value of 2048 appears on the board, hence the name of the game. After reaching the 2048 tile, players can continue to play to reach higher scores. When the player has no legal moves (there are no empty spaces and no adjacent tiles with the same value), the game ends.
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