HOW TO BEAT 2048

5 SIM­PLE RULES FOR MAS­TER­ING THIS IN­CRED­I­BLY AD­DIC­TIVE GAME

iPhone Life Magazine - - How To - BY DAVID AVER­BACH

When­ever I have a lit­tle bit of time to kill, I reach straight for my iPhone to play 2048, a num­ber­crunch­ing puz­zler the likes of Candy Crush (free) and Threes ($1.99). If you're one of the many peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the game, you know just how ad­dic­tive it can be; if you're not, well, brace your­self—this game will likely con­sume your life. Don't be­lieve me? I have a col­league who had to stop play­ing be­cause he was start­ing to de­velop carpal tun­nel.

The premise of the game is sim­ple: swipe up, down, left, or right to com­bine match­ing num­bered tiles un­til you get to the elu­sive 2048 tile. With each move you make, a new num­bered tile will be in­tro­duced to the mix (ei­ther a 2 or a 4). You can com­bine any two of the same tiles to form one larger tile. For ex­am­ple, if you have two tiles, each with a 2 on it, you can com­bine them into a 4. Once you reach the 2048 tile, you've tech­ni­cally won the game, but that doesn't have to be the end. From there you can try to reach the 4096 tile and so on.

Although 2048 is easy to learn, it takes ef­fort to master. I have la­bored for many hours in an at­tempt to de­velop a few hacks for suc­cess­fully reach­ing the 2048 tile. By fol­low­ing these sim­ple rules I'm shar­ing with you, you'll be a cham­pion in no time!

RULE # 1 – FILL UP THE BOX TO START

Start the game by swip­ing left and right re­peat­edly un­til the box is full of num­bered tiles. Once it's full, you can start com­bin­ing tiles to cre­ate larger num­bers.

This is the most ef­fi­cient way to quickly build high­num­bered tiles. While you lose the game if you fill up the board and can't make any moves, at this early stage in the game, there is very lit­tle risk of this hap­pen­ing.

Swip­ing up, down, right, or left moves all tiles in that di­rec­tion. When two tiles dis­play­ing the same num­ber

come in con­tact, they com­bine.

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