Alright, so my title here might be a little bit over dramatic.
There is a new game that is growing pretty rapidly in popularity on the App Store. It's called 2048, and there was a time when I was hopelessly addicted to it.
Basically, the game works where you get tiles of 2's and you can combine like numbers to build in powers of two's (two 2's combine to make a 4, two 4's combine to 8, etc.)
Well, a friend of mine showed it to me, so I figured I would download it and give it a try. I strongly recommend not doing that. I got hopelessly addicted and spent almost three entire weeks doing almost nothing other than play that stupid game. I just couldn't beat it, and I refused to be thwarted by such a seemingly simple iPhone app.
Well, finally, after almost 3 weeks of hard work, I finally beat it and got the 2048 tile (for those of you that may be curious, that is 2 raised to the 11th power). I took screenshots to commemorate the moment, and then promptly deleted the game from my phone.
But, if any of you out there have already fallen into the 2048 trap, I have a few strategies that you may find helpful:
1. Build into a corner. Try and locate your largest tile in one of the four corners (it doesn't really matter which, up to you) and then keep it there as best you can.
2. Build in ascending/descending order by row. Hypothetically, let's say your top row reads 508, 254, 128, 64 from left to right, then you want to try and build so that the row below it reads 32, 16, 8, 4 from right to left (opposite of above). This will make it much easier on you to combine tiles once you have built them up enough.
Anyway, moral of the story is be careful of what you download from the app store, you just might lose touch with humanity.
Until Next Time,