By Chris Morris,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Addictive math-based puzzle game with a focus on strategy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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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.
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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.
- 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
- Publisher: Ketchapp
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
- Last updated: July 12, 2020
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