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How to Beat 2048

2048 is based on two very similar games the free 1024 game and Threes, a popular paid app for iOS. 2048 is a fun and addictive puzzle game you won't be able to put down, it's very easy to learn, but difficult to beat. It's available to play online, or it can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

If you've tried 2048, then you're probably aware of how difficult, yet instantly addictive this puzzle is. Follow these simple steps and learn how to beat 2048.

How to Beat 2048 3 Simple Steps

Step 1:  Using the arrow keys move up, down, left, and right merging the smaller numbers into 4's, 8's and 16's. When you become more experienced you will be able to merge higher numbers before taking the next step. This will put you in a good position and gets you to your first larger tiles faster.

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Step 2:  You now need to pick a corner for your highest number and stick to it, for this example we are going to use the top left-hand corner. This tile must be locked into position by filling the top row. You can now move safely from left to right and up, under no circumstances move down, unless you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having no choice, (see tips).

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Step 3:  Now begin to combine your larger numbers in the top row, always keeping the highest number in the top left-hand corner. Inevitability you will need to merge tiles in the top row. Merging tiles in the top row should only be done by moving left. Moving right will move your highest number from its primary position, leaving it open for a random number to appear in its place.

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Quick Tips

Try to avoid trapping 2's and other low numbers. Although this problem can usually be resolved fairly easy, its best to avoid it. However, trapping low numbers in the top row can create problems, making it much harder for you to get back on track.

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This technique does not guarantee you will reach 2048. Occasionally the game will give you no option and force you into a downward move. This will disrupt the sequence, forcing a high number off the primary row. In the early stages of the game you can carry on but the game will be much harder. In the later stages of the game this will probably create a no win situation and it would be advisable to start again.

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On completion the game gives you the opportunity to continue and keep scoring, maybe even earning another 2048 and creating a 4096 and so on. So just stick to these steps and after a little bit of practise you'll be looking at this. Good luck!

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If you like 2048, try Threes, the mobile puzzle game that has been downloaded more than a million times! Similar to 2048, Threes is extremely simple and very addictive.

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