# 2048, an addicting web game

**jlw**#1

**kpkpkp**#3

I’ve been playing a variant of this for the past week or so and really enjoying it: THREES

**fredley**#5

Once you’re done with that, you can try:

- Hexagonal 2048
- 3D 2048
- 4D 2048
- Doge 2048
- and my personal favourite: 2048 Numberwang

**fredley**#7

Threes came first. 2048 is an open source homage. No money is being made off of 2048. The Hacker News community in particular has taken 2048 to heart and created *many* amusing spinoffs, some of which I’ve linked above. Just because something is a copy of an idea doesn’t make it a bad thing.

news.ycombinator.com keeps listing variants (particle physics sums) and I’m left wondering how the thing works (what keystrokes -do-) and under what farflung circumstances I’d be curious about it, though they sort of make JavaScript look fluid and quick (so there is a thing!)

Going off the transhuman place to mount scratch hours for now…

**tyger11**#9

It’s nice, but I hate how the movement is different from Threes. Instead of moving a line at a time, it moved them all to the opposite side of the board. That’s effing annoying.

**8080256256**#14

I’ve probably spent north of 30 hours playing the original 2048, but the fact I can play the Doge version quite effectively right off the bat suggests to me that I’m not really using any mathematical parts of my brain in doing so. Interesting. I still haven’t really figured out how am I solving it.

**jerwin**#15

Nonsense. There are 13 digits. In the original game, these are labeled two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty two, etc, but that’s just a scheme to differentiate them, and order them by value. The only arithmetic operation involved is (n+n)=n+1

Granted, the numeric values assigned do a great job of differentiating the high level tiles, but you must be good at ordering the doge.

But even without numeric values, this game exercises the same skills used in a variety of other maths. Discrete math, for instance.

**ColecoSmurf**#16

2048 is a ripoff of a game called 1024, which is a ripoff of a game called *Threes*.

*Threes* is a beautifully designed game for your iPhone and iPad, and there’s even an Android version now. It’s well worth a couple of bucks: http://asherv.com/threes/

**rahul0996**#17

Checkout out this great android app for the game.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digiplex.game

**trond**#18

I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned 9007199254740992 yet

http://www.csie.ntu.edu.tw/~b01902112/9007199254740992/

**theograce**#19

Have you tried just typing up, left, down, right, over and over in sequence? I find it tends to score me roughly 2500-3000 80% of the time.

**anon34812172**#20

I mean this in the nicest, nicest way possible, @jlw: fcu.k y.ou. I have now lost 3 hours of my life and it looks like it’s going to turn into 300. Thank you SO much.