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How To Cheat At '2048'

24/03/2014 09:33 GMT | Updated 24/03/2014 09:59 GMT

So there are two basic ways to cheat at '2048', it turns out.

One is complex, and involves automating your game so that the numbers combine, on their own, in the most efficient way possible.

You can watch a video on how to do exactly that, above.

The other, which is indicated in the picture we've used for this post, is simply to make your own version of 2048 in which all the cards say 2048, so that even if you lose, you win.

Meanwhile if you want to get better here are some tips to make sure you get the highest 2048 score possible.

2048

1. Take It Slow

2048 is so easy to play, you might get into the habit of tearing through games without even really paying attention to what you're doing. That's a bad idea. You want to go slow - there's no penalty for thinking your moves through after all. Think about where the blocks are going to come in and how you'll deploy it.

2: Set Up Lines

So '2048' is a game about chains, and so the more pairs you have in a line the better. Try to set up whole lines of matches so that you can wait to deploy them - and build up big combos. It won't affect your score - but it will affect how much space you have and how you're able to combine to really big cards.

3. Work the corners.

If you constantly move your tiles into one corner, the smaller tiles will naturally fall into place next to each other - and your big card won't be so troublesome.

In fact, you might want to try not pressing up at all unless you absolutely need to. Extreme, but it works.

4. Stack up columns to move your big pieces into position

Eventually you'll end up with 64s or 128s in opposite corners - and there's nothing more frustrating. So try to set up columns above those numbers that can rapidly combine, so you can move them back together.

5. Breathe.

Seriously, relax, it's just a game.

6. It's not always a '2'…

Usually your new tiles are '2's - but not always. Sometimes they're '4's - so stay alert.

7. When in doubt, clear.

If you're blocked off and your strategies aren't working, just start clearing. Make space, give yourself some room, and regroup. You'll be surprised how much better things look with a few clear blocks around.

8. Make your own.

It's fun! At least, it's more fun than getting stuck, again, with two '128's in opposite corners with no hope of rescue. Gagh.