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Math can make you sick sometimes. Numbers upon numbers upon numbers, and the occasional symbol or letter — what does it all mean?

When 2048 — the creation based on other number games like 1024 and Threes — was released by 19-year old Italian developer Gabriele Cirulli into the mobile game world, it got even the non-mathematicians enthused. The aim of the game? To shuffle tiles on a 4×4 grid, combining tiles of equal value until you possess the much sought after 2048 tile. It’s simple, and fulfilling — dude didn’t even have to waste time on interface and fancy graphics — which I felt alienated 2048 from those who appreciate the art form that is beautiful graphics and a Pantone palette of colours that would make the iconic Paddle Pop ice-cream chuckle with delight.

Ugh numbers.

Which is why visuals will always work. Take City 2048, a variation of the popular 2048 game — but just much better looking. Instead of going after the 2048 tile, the aim of City 2048 is to build a sprawling metropolis. Even if you didn’t enjoy 2048, you’d appreciate the artistic overhaul of the game: pretty pastel colours, calming twinkle sounds, and minimalist visuals.

But pretty face aside, it’s still the puzzling and challenging game it was before. Stay and marvel at all its prettiness, and remember that you can also play to win the game. We have some tips to help you beat the system.

Rilek One Corner

Like many puzzle games, sticking to the corner is the ultimate game plan — and it’s a good plan. To gain high scores and more developed tiles (tiles with more developed housing), push tiles to one corner. At the beginning of the game, select one corner and stick to it. Push your tiles to that corner. Practicing this strategy will make all lesser developed tiles settle naturally around your most cosmopolitan tile.



It Takes Two

Another play-safe strategy is to stick together. The easiest way to create bigger tiles with less effort is to have more pairs lined up together. This helps in creating bigger combinations quickly, and you can build chains of similar tiles which clears the area when you combine them.

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Don’t Sweat The ‘Bigger’ Tiles

If you’re starting to make high-rise buildings already, good for you. But after that, leave them alone. Focus on building the smaller tiles first, until you have a couple of developed tiles and you’re ready for some construction action. Start simple, and play simple!

Don’t Swipe Down

I usually stick to one corner and make my swipes revolving around that corner, but if there’s one thing that messes up the ecosystem of my carefully-planned stratagem, it is swiping down. If you’re not a hardcore City 2048 gamer, try it if you want to be disappointed. I guess it’s all right to do so early on in the game, because it is possible to work your way out of the rut, but it may be a fatal move as you advance.

Build and build until you reach this decaying dystopian city!
Build and build until you reach this decaying dystopian city!

Take Your Time

One of the best things about this game is that it isn’t timed, so plan your moves without worrying about having to beat the clock. But we all know that sometimes, the suspense gets too overwhelming and you end up swiping in another direction without meaning to. Don’t fret. City 2048 has a bonus undo button that prompts you to utilise it in difficult situations.

Or just cheat and check out this guy here:

If SimCity is too crazy and overwhelming for you, 2048 is too boring, and you like puzzles and pretty pastel colours, City 2048 might be the game for you. It’s perfect for the ride to work, where you can take your brain for a little warm up before shit gets cray in the office. Or if you’re brainy and like brainy activities even in your free time, this is your jam. Happy building!

Download: App Store and Google Play 

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