Review: 2048 3DS

Enjoy 2048, an addictive number sliding puzzle featuring intuitive controls. Move all tiles in one direction, double up tiles of the same number and reach the 2048 tile before the board fills up. Try different game modes with 1024, 2048 and 4096 goals for extra challenges. There are 20 achievements to unlock for hours and hours of puzzle fun. Can you reach a new high score?


  • Three game modes, Each with the goal of reaching that number to finish the mode.
    • 1024
    • 2048
    • 4096
  • Has 20 in game achievements.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Playist with a handful of songs. You can mute songs,add delete etc.
  • Can reset all data.
  • Gameplay is the same as the hit game Threes. Slide the numbered tiles around, match numbers to make the new doubled up nember, Keep going.
  • Tutorial screens.
  • Easy swipe controls or you can use the analogue stick.
  • Small file size.
  • Cheap price point.
  • Addictive gameplay.
  • No more moves/game over screen brings up a brief stats breakdown.
  • Your top score is always displayed.
  • Has 3D implementation.


  • No leaderboards.
  • No multiple profile options for local play.
  • All game modes play identical.
  • 3D is not needed and does not add anything to the game.
  • Blatant rip off of Threes.
  • Whole game can be completed in no time at all.
  • Doesnt require that much skill.

In Summary, Its a game based off Threes. Now we don’t have a Threes game on 3DS so you can forgive yourself for getting a clone. Problem is this game just doesn’t have the mechanics or core gameplay that Threes has. Case and point is you can play and finish the game by just twirling the analogue stick around. With this method I was able to finish the game in under half an hour. If the game had Threes complex algorithms,mechanics then it would be a brilliant little game. It doesn’t and it doesn’t actually require any skill and knowing that will suck all the fun out of the game. Yes you can play it properly but the behind the scenes maths will still allow you to finish it with ease. For brain teasers you have much better options out there and urge you to seek them out. If you want an easier version of Threes then go for it but other than that its not worth your time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!