Here is a little game I find myself playing a lot recently whenever I only have a few moments (on the bus, in a waiting room, etc).
I first heard about it in a Numberphile video, where the host introduced the game to various math and physics professors.
I should point out that there isn’t technically any calculation involved in this game, since all you have to do is match numbers together. Still, I suppose it’s still beneficial to math education because it helps students remember powers of 2.
Here’s my strategy for the game, which has got me to 2048 a few times:
- Choose a direction you never slide (unless you have no choice). Personally, I never slide upwards.
- Slide the opposite of that direction (e.g. downwards) whenever possible.
This strategy ends up placing all the larger-numbered tiles on one side of the grid, where you might be able to combine them more easily.
What’s your high score?