No problem, you believe, I’ll just swipe those together to generate a four, you can add those fours to produce an eight – then again there’s already more twos for the board therefore you realise it’s going to never end before you reach 2048 – a four-digit goal that we’re fast suspecting is God’s PIN number.
Since 2048 removed online barely a couple weeks ago there have been a large number of parodies. These include a version that lets you instantly win (that includes the victory fanfare from 1997 RPG Final Fantasy VII), a multiplayer edition, a Tetris spin-off while others that replace the numbered tiles with Doctor Who or images of doge (our favourite). And, should you have any doubts that particular day the online world was going to eat itself and flop over dead, there’s also a Flappy Bird version.
Numbers, eh? What’re they about? We couldn’t say beyond doubt but if addictive puzzle game 2048 is everything to go by then numbers are just like letters but also for counting and accumulated.
The numerous clones on the game are thanks to the undeniable fact that Cirulli posted 2048 using a site named GitHub, and thus the code for your game was up-for-grabs for any person to copy, customize or clone. The speed of the world wide web means that trends similar to this can spawn, blossom (and die) from the space of only a few weeks. So, we say enjoy 2048 because you can – rather than just because it’s a Friday.
Oddly enough though 2048 is itself a clone of an clone. The tiles-in-a-grid mechanism appears to have originated with paid iPhone game Threes, that features a slower pace of play but adds charming animations and sound clips.
This was quickly ripped by another iPhone game named 1024 (it wasn’t subtle about its origins, using the App Store description reading “No must pay for Threes”) that was ported on the internet and then spruced up by Italian developer Gabriele Cirulli, who added animation for it.
Of many of these it’s not just chance which it was Cirulli’s that shot to popularity. Playing through all of the different versions, it’s his mix of speed and animations that make for your most satisfying and addictive game.
Clone of Trucchi 2048 an clone of any clone
In 2048 you play inside a four by four grid, adding numbered tiles together while using the arrow keys on your own keyboard. You start with some twos, shuffle them together to generate four, then frown slightly while you notice the extra twos which have appeared elsewhere around the board.
2048 is interesting for a few reasons, not merely because inside wake of Flappy Bird, the net (and media outlets – guilty as charged) seem very happy to latch to any sort of addictive, free-to-pay game, but because games on this sort quickly change into an odd, meme-based conversation ricocheting back and forther across blogs and Twitter.