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Strategy for 2048 - Easiest strategy to always win a game

Strategy for 2048 - Easiest strategy to always win a game

2048 is a popular single-player puzzle game in which the player slides numbered tiles on a grid to combine them and create a tile with the value of 2048. Since you made it to this page, it means that you already know how frustrating this game can be. We've all been there. Don't worry about it, as on this page you can find some tips and strategies that can help you beat the game:

Remember that this isn't a hack. It's simply the best strategy to beat the 2048 game. With that said, luck also plays a role in 2048, so don't get discouraged if you don't win right away. Keep practising and trying out different strategies to find what works best for you.

With that out of the way, let's get right to it.

2048 - Best Strategy

First things first, you want to start in a corner: Choose a corner and start building your number tiles there. This allows you to use the other three corners to build up your score, and also reduces the chances of blocking yourself off. Try to block the horizontal line with descending tiles as shown in the example below:

This is the foundation of our strategy. Doing this will allow us to move the left/right arrows in order to generate new tiles without moving our highest number block. It makes things less chaotic. Try to create a flow of numbers that will allow you to keep combining them without getting stuck. This means moving your tiles in a way that creates empty spaces and allows for more combinations. Ideally, you want to keep merging the tiles on the right side, and then start merging them with the tiles on the left until you can double your highest tile.

Always try to keep your highest-value tile in a corner so that you can continue to build around it without disrupting the flow. Look at the upcoming tiles and plan your moves accordingly. Try to anticipate where you will need to place the next tile to continue building your highest-value tile. Simply move the left and right arrows only. In some cases, if you have blocked the vertical row as well, you can use the up and down keys. 

Try to keep the number of tiles on the board balanced between the top and bottom, left and right. This will give you more options for moving tiles and creating combinations. 

For this guide, we used the online version of the game that you can play on as well as other platforms. If you are playing the mobile version of the game (iOS/Android), then you will have the option to undo your last move. So, If you make a mistake or a move that blocks your flow, use the undo button to go back and try a different approach.

That concludes our "2048 Strategy - Tips to Always Win a Game". Hopefully, by following the steps above, you'll be able to finish the game and achieve a much higher best score.

Mihail Katsoris
Mihail Katsoris
I've enjoyed playing games ever since I was a kid (which was a long long time ago at this point). It all started off with an Atari 65XE, then came an Amiga 500+, a Sega Genesis, a 386, and the rest was history. I consider myself lucky to have been able to experience the gaming evolution over the years - this is my passion, and what I will continue to do for as long as I can.