Apple added widgets to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 8. These let you access pertinent information from apps direct from the notification center, without having to boot anything up.

And now some bright spark has built a widget-based game. Inevitably it's a version of 2048, and you can play it simply by dragging down your notifications bar from the top of the screen.

We're not big fans of 2048 and its billions of clones here at Pocket Gamer, mainly because it borrowed from and ultimately overshadowed the much, much better Threes!

But it's still nice to see people trying something a little different with the new functionality of the iPad and iPhone.

You can download 2048 in Widget! for 69p / 99c [buy] from the App Store right now.

And while you're there, why not consider splurging on Threes! [buy], it's much better, and right now a purchase will help fight AIDS.

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