Common Sense Media says

Addictive math-based puzzle game with a focus on strategy.






What parents need to know

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
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Sexy stuff
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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. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The app includes an option to share your score on social media after each game, and also uses Apple's Game Center, which allows players on iOS devices to share their scores and other information with others. There's no privacy policy readily available in the app, so it's not clear what, if any, information is collected from you device, and how it is used.

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. 

What kids can learn



  • addition


Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support


Players will find themselves playing for long stretches as they attempt to master the game's goals.

Learning Approach

Simple math and matching skills are reinforced; the game also forces players to think strategically. 


The game gently guides you in learning how to play -- and player strategies begin to grow from there. 

What kids can learn



  • addition


Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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. 

Families can talk 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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 25, 2014
Category:Puzzle Games
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:2.00 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Kid, 9 years old July 15, 2014

Addictive Puzzle/Strategy game

This is an easy to use game , since you only need to swipe numbers . But it is hard to get to 2048 . It is really nice , the game can get addictive . Since you can share scores on social media like Facebook , this game is okay for kids who know the dangers of social media and the internet , and how to be safe on the internet.
What other families should know
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