App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Addictive math-based puzzle game with a focus on strategy.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic math skills as they match similar numbers to advance in the game. 2048 isn't a math game as much as it is a combination of the puzzle and strategy genres. Kids have to observe the board and strategically decide what their next move should be. Choosing poorly can reduce playtime. Yes, it's important to match up easy pairs, but you must also keep an eye on the bigger picture, attempting to reach the game's chief goal of hitting 2048 -- something that's not easy to do.  2048 is a fun puzzler in which kids can practice strategic planning -- and some basic number facts to boot.

Ease of Play

The general concept of matching up similar numbers is very easy to grasp, but the end goal of reaching a panel with the correct number gets increasingly difficult as you play. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The app is free to download and is ad-supported; ads run along the bottom of the screen during gameplay. You can pay to remove ads via in-app purchase. An "app deals" section of the app displays other apps from the developer. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 2048 is a math-based puzzle game that extends the genre beyond what Threes! did earlier this year. It encourages math skills, but is also accessible to younger players, who just have to match like numbers. The game also promotes strategic planning to maximize playtime before you're out of moves. It's an easy-to-learn, tough-to-master game that kids and parents will both love, but parent should be aware that the app includes to links social media and the App Store. Also worthy of note is that the app versions of the game are clones of the web original. (The iOS and Android versions, for instance, are made by different teams. We tested the iOS version.) There are several 2048 clones flooding the app stores now, so parents should be aware that developers of some of these may not make them as family friendly as the one we tested. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybfergusonmurphy December 7, 2020

The devil is a liar

Waste of time . It’s a scam.
Parent of a 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11-year-old Written byjosephmaster November 24, 2015


This is a very fun game that is in a very rare group: a popular game that helps you learn. It is one of the best (the only one better is Agario) and is very fun... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byjazzmant October 25, 2019

Improves Critical Thinking Skills

This game is highly addictive and fun. Not only is it a game about simple addition in order to reach 2048 (and higher, if you're really skilled), but afte... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 10, 2015
This is a great math game where people can reason with mathematical logic, I think it is suitable for 4+ because there is no violence, sex or language, but the... Continue reading

What's it about?

Users slide numbered tiles around a 4x4 grid, matching up similar numbers in an effort to get a cube that adds up to 2048. When users can no longer combine numbers, they'll see their score.

Is it any good?

Like Threes! before it, 2048 is a math exercise hidden in a terrifically addictive matching game. Rather than simply trying to post as high a score as possible, though, this one sets a task, users must combine numbers to the point that they add up to 2048 in a single box. That means initially matching 2s, then 4s, then 8s, etc., until a pair of 1024s are next to each other. It's a small, but wonderful twist that makes the gameplay seem new. And having a task to aim for keeps people playing (as well as trying to better the scores of their friends). Like any of the best games, you'll quickly understand the point and do fairly well -- but it will be a long, long time before you truly master the game. 

Keep in mind, though, that the app versions of the game are not made by the creator of the original game -- which was a playable in a browser. There are several 2048 clones flooding both app stores now, so parents should be aware that developers of some of these may not make them as family friendly as the one we tested. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how math is used in everyday activities. 

  • Families can also talk about why it's important to think ahead. 

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love puzzles and math

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