It is intriguing and beguiling!
Every once in a while gamers like to break free from typical battle-based games and find something that challenges a different part of the brain. Many will shy away from games involving math; however, Best 2048 is a new game on the iOS AppStore that combines the challenges of puzzles with a bit of addition, forcing you to slide tiles in such a way to get to a goal number.
Created by Kuralsoft, this game stimulates neurons for players of all ages. Think of it as a great way to keep your neural connections well-oiled and firing efficiently, for those who are on the more mature side of the age scale. For youngsters, this game serves as the perfect practice in addition.
The aim of the game is to slide tiles around the square game-playing area. Each tile has a number on it. When two tiles bearing the same number come against each other, they combine into one tile bearing the sum total of each individual tile’s value. Continue this path of sliding and combining to finally reach the goal tile labeled 2048. In this exercise you have essentially prompted the mind to think strategically, forging a path of tiles to correctly add up to this magic number.
Best 2048 can be taken with you anywhere you go. It’s a universal app, supported on iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPod Touch. You can connect into the Game Center to view the leader board and see who has the highest score. This provides an even more compelling incentive to score better with each game you play. The more you play, the more you will discover moves that work and those that don’t. The beauty of this game is that you can Undo an operation during game play. Keep inn mind that the maximum number of Undo’s per game is 10.
As you learn more about how to move tiles, you can count on the Intelligent Hints option, which gives you suggestions on moves to make considering your current position. Score is based on the number of moves it takes you to reach the goal tile. There is also a timer, which when combined with your score, helps place you on the leaderboard. These statistics also help prompt you to work harder and more diligently every time you play.
What was most interesting and sometimes confusing about the game was how new numbers popped up as you slid tiles across the game board. It was hard to predict where new numbers would show and how they would tie into existing tiles. New tiles always pop up with a value of either ‘2’ or ‘4’ – basic binary numbers. The other almost frustrating feature was when you slid a tile, other tiles would slide simultaneously, which was something that caught me off guard.
This game is intriguing and beguiling at the same time. If you have patience, it is great. If numbers make you cringe. Then this is definitely not the game for you. Best 2048 takes a keen eye and patience to make getting to the finish line a reality.