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There may not quite be 2048 versions of 2048 yet, but with the original version of this puzzle game being available as an open source project on GitHub, perhaps there will be. One day. Until then, we have tested all of the various 2048 variants and selected 20 of the best of this deliciously addictive puzzler for your delectation.

What Is 2048?

The gem that is 2048 is a simple game with the objective of creating a tile with the value of the titular 2048. To achieve this you have to slide the numbered tiles around on a grid until two tiles of the same value collide, at which point they merge to become one tile with double the value. Keep doing this and you (may) eventually create a 2048 tile.

I describe 2048 as a simple game, but that isn’t strictly true. It’s a simple concept with a confusing gameplay structure and a frustratingly difficult learning curve. But it’s also strangely addictive, as you always know you should be able to finish the game.

2048 was created by 19-year-old Gabriele Cirulli over the course of a weekend, and is similar to both Threes Could Threes Be The Most Addictive Puzzle Game For iOS Yet? Could Threes Be The Most Addictive Puzzle Game For iOS Yet? Do you hate productivity? Do you like to ignore the people in your life? Threes should be right up your alley, because it's going to take up all of your time. Read More and 1024. But 2048 has achieved a virality the games it was inspired by did not. And as the whole thing is open source, 2048 has in turn inspired different versions.

It should be noted that all of the following versions of 2048 are only mildly different than the original. So if you don’t like 2048 there is little chance of you enjoying these variants. Unless you’re a big fan of either Justin Bieber Why The Internet Hates Justin Bieber [Weird & Wonderful Web] Why The Internet Hates Justin Bieber [Weird & Wonderful Web] Justin Bieber is a phenomenon. He has millions of fans hanging on to his every word and action. Yet, this child of the '90s is hated in no uncertain terms by the Internet. But why? Read More or Flappy Bird The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] Few mobile games enter into the collective consciousness of the mainstream in the way Flappy Bird has done. It passes into Internet folklore, but these videos will help to preserve its virality. Read More .

2048 Original

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This is the original version of 2048, though given the “inspired” nature of how it came to be made “original” may be a misnomer. Regardless, this version of the game is played using the arrow keys and is won if and when you create a 2048 tile.

2048 Tetris

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This version adds falling blocks to the 2048 equation, making it like a Tetris for maths geeks.

2048 Multiplayer

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Playing 2048 alone may be fun, but it would surely be more fun playing against a random stranger. And now you can do just that.

2048 Undo

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For all those times you have made a silly mistake while playing the original 2048… an undo feature.

2048 Pokemon

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All the fun of 2048, but with pictures of Pokemon replacing the numbers. Simple but effective.

2048 Doge

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All the fun of 2048, but with added Doge goodness. Do well and you’ll even receive some doge-inspired praise.

2048 Flappy

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This is what happens when the visuals of one viral game are blended with the gameplay characteristics of another viral game. And it works rather well too.

2048 Eleven

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In order to win at 2048 you need to multiply the tile values 11 times. This version of the game keeps it simple by using the numbers one through 11.

2048 -512

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If you find dealing with the numbers in 2048 difficult then avoid this version, which introduces negative numbers. Guaranteed to make your brain hurt.

2048 +Flappy

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Flappy Bird and 2048 are both difficult games to master on their own. And now you can play them at the same time. You can, but you probably shouldn’t.

2048 DBZ

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All the fun of 2048, but with pictures of Dragon Ball Z replacing the numbers.

2048 Evil AI

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If you can’t beat 2048 then perhaps you’ll do better preventing the evil AI from beating it.

2048 9007199254740992

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Do you consider 2048 to be a game for wimps? What you need is 9007199254740992, which takes the concept to its natural conclusion. You’re strongly advised to use the automatic mover unless you want to spend the rest of your life playing this one.

2048 Bieber

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You know you love Justin Bieber. Secretly. Covertly. So why not play a version of 2048 dedicated just to your favorite pop princess.

2048 Hex

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Turn the square grid into a hexagonal grid, add two extra directions in which you can move, and make the target a lot higher than 2048. Then panic.

2048 Trolling

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Admit it, you love a bit of trolling every now and then. Even if it prevents you from achieving a good score on 2048.

2048 Quantum

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Those regular tiles are so boring. What you want are quantum tiles, which have multiple possibilities until they merge. Yes, it is confusing.

2048 LHC

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If you’re a fan of what the eggheads are achieving with the Large Hadron Collider then now is your chance to find your own Higgs Boson.

2048 3D

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I’ll be honest, this 3D version of 2048 is so difficult to figure out I gave up very quickly. You should definitely persevere with it though.

2048 Winning

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And finally, a version of 2048 everyone can win. And with just one move too.

Conclusions

You’re probably now sick of 2048 and all of its various clones. I certainly am after spending too long playing each of them during the writing of this article. But just in case you haven’t had enough, you can always try making your own version of 2048. And by adding it to this list maybe this vague dream of mine of playing 2048 different versions of 2048 will come true. Even if it takes until the year 2048 to achieve.

Image Credit: Laineys Repertoire via Flickr

  1. zaria rivett
    May 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    hahhahahhahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhaaahahhahahahhahashsh u FELL FOR MY TRICK I MADE THE GAME

  2. Kallevig
    December 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Gay

  3. Anonymous
    May 15, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I liked the Pokemon one best

  4. Anonymous
    January 18, 2015 at 5:31 am

    There is also the cupcake version which you forgot.... ????

    • Kallevig
      December 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      So

  5. Artur
    September 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Actually 2048 3D (and 4D, and 5D) are easier to reach the target value because there is much better connectivity between the tiles. One just needs to figure out which tiles are connected.

    For those, wh are bored with powers of 2 and 3 there are also Fibonacci flavours of the game. Again somewhat more possibilities for merging tiles makes it easier than 2048 once one realizes which numbers can be merged :-)

  6. J. Reuben Wetherbee
    August 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Here is another one to add to the list. It is 3D with a whole bunch of options for how to configure the board.

    Android:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrweth.game_2048_3D

    Web:
    http://www.jrweth.com/games-and-apps/2048-3d/

  7. modoma
    June 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    You should update your list to include Betract! I think it’s the only one that also subtracts your numbers. Check it out at http://betract.com – you won’t be able to put it down :)

  8. Creative Spark Studios
    June 13, 2014 at 12:17 am

    We wondered what a Triangular 2048 would be like. Go play the result here :-) http://creativesparkstudios.com/triangular-2048/

  9. Creative Spark Studios
    June 13, 2014 at 12:16 am

    We wondered what a Triangular 2048 would be like. Go play the result here :-) http://creativesparkstudios.com/triangular-2048/

  10. DoorOpener
    June 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    If you aren't bored to death of the games you should try Jungle Clash. It's the same thing but with cute animals that adds some depth to it.

  11. Jen
    June 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    There's already a 3072 version of the game where you have to merge threes in the beginning - 3 and 3 to get 6, then 6 and 6 to get 12 and so on :) I've played 2048 when it came out and immediately got addicted, and now it's the same with 3072 because for me personally this game it's even harder to play! If you want to try it check it out here:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=best.game3072

  12. Pat rimphadee
    April 24, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I like the colorful fruits version of of 2048 with time limit in the Survival Mode.
    It's the next gen of 2048, "Fusion Two 2048 Fruit Puzzle" !!
    Play free now on Android!! http://fusiontwo.bumbliss.com/

  13. Matt
    April 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    You should also check out my version, which turns it into a challenging minimum-move puzzle, with 15 hand made levels and an infinite mode! http://mcsdwvl.github.io/to11/

  14. Samy G. Jacoub
    April 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm
  15. Hossein
    April 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I really love this iPhone version of the game:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048-game-100-puzzle-levels/id860749614?ls=1&mt=8
    easy and addictive!

  16. Ben
    April 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    A lovely animated version!
    http://www.romaincousin.fr/2048

  17. David
    April 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Try this one: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sliding-pi-best-addicting/id853321118?mt=8

    It's the best I've ever played. The sfx is so addicting.

  18. Mark
    April 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm
  19. Nicky Reeves
    April 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Just found a version for Windows 8:

    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/2048/7e8bc864-2ee7-437e-8f75-106f1eb4d802

    Seems to be more elegant and subtle than the original white ones...

  20. Trung
    April 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Please don't judge me for copying game mechanic. The is a gazillion of copy cat already, I know.
    But if you haven't know this, the game's origin was a open-sourced project. And what almost all the copy are just the same code wrapped inside an app, so they are very clunky and unresponsive because it run through a middle layer wrapper.

    My game is completely re-written with carefully designed graphic, which make it looks pretty and runs smoothly.
    The release time is crucial for an app. It needs download, ratings and comments more than anything and any of that you guys can give me would be really appreciated. A little bit of your time means a lot to me!
    If it's inferior than others of the same kind I wouldn't have bother you guys. But a lot of work was put into it and I really believe it better than others.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ITGSvietnam.The2048

  21. Neper
    April 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I like the versión of 2048 from UUcom un Android Play Store. Awasome Graphics and game play

  22. Ajnas
    April 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Try this interesting REVERSE version of famous 2048 Game.
    http://ajnas.in/one/

  23. Pete
    April 3, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I like the hexagonal version! One more variant is http://www.2048score.com. It is the original 2048 version, but you get ranked and top 10 scorers of the month get money

  24. Steve
    April 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Have you tried Twitch Plays 2048? http://www.twitch.tv/twitchplayswebgames

  25. piolab
    April 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Play creative clone of 2048 with hexagonal 2048. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.piolab.hexagonal

  26. Anonymous
    March 30, 2014 at 3:36 am

    What's sad is this isn't the original game. Threes was the original, these are all just fakes.

    • Dave P
      March 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Yep. As was mentioned in the article. Threes came first, then 1024, then 2048, then these clones. 2048 is the one that blew up into an online phenomenon though, hence its coverage.

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