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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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 25, 2014
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Numbers and Letters
- Size: 2.00 MB
- Publisher: Ketchapp
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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