# 2048 Strategy

By: GamerVsGenius

Okay the first thing you want to thing about when you're playing 2048 is to think about moving all of your pieces over into this corner square here or any corner square. I like to think of the upper left corner. So, let me show you what I mean really quick - I would hit the up arrow to move the twos up and then maybe the left arrow to move the twos over to make that a four and then maybe up again and up again. And basically what you want to be thinking about while you're doing this is to have your highest value piece jammed into one corner. And while you're doing this you wanna restrict yourself to just two arrows - so I'm only using the up and the left arrow. So here I'll use left, and now you see I can't go up or left at this point. I'm sort of stuck, so I have to go right. And this is sort of not an ideal piece to have shown up right there but that's okay because it's really early. So then you're going to go back left. Um, so you basically want to restrict yourself to just up and left movements if you can avoid anything else.

So there we're going to make that into a four - I'm going to move this four over and jam an eight in there. Go left again and now you can see that this is, I've sort of maintained the organization that I'm trying to do, which is to make this piece the highest value. So one thing that you can do when you're first starting out in the game is just basically button mash the up and the left arrow or you know just two arrows. And so I'm going to do that now. I'm just going to slam up and left in any order pretty much and you'll see what happens. And so what happened there is actually perfect for this demonstration. You've got your highest value piece here and then radiating out from that the next like adjacent tiles are going to be your second highest. Radiating out from those are going to be your third highest so you've got sixteen, eight, four, and then further out is twos. And that is kind of what you want.

It makes it easy to collapse everything. So I've button mashed up to here and I can't make any more moves. Now what I want to do - you really want to avoid going down in this case, so I'm going to hit the right arrow okay.

Now you see what happens is these pieces all slid to the right here and you'll notice that if I were to go up they all would line up and that's really nice. We can actually do that now, it's not a big deal but I wanted to just show you that one of the reasons why you build your board like this is so that when you actually do have to slide everything to the right you've got a lot of options to consolidate your blocks. So let's go ahead and do that, let's go up and then we're going to go left again and consolidate everything. So you see, now we've got a nice high number here and we can actually repeat that button mashing strategy when we kind of get to this point but before we do that, I want to show you one other thing, which is that when you have an empty space right here I want you to think about this row right here as like your home row. And if were to come into a position where I couldn't make any more moves and I had to go right. It would be very bad to have this piece slide out of here because another piece could appear where this one is and sort of mess up our organization. Our organization here is really dependent on having the highest value block in the upper left corner as often as possible. So what I want to do to avoid that is to basically pin this row down and the way I'm going to do that is to move this two into this empty space.

I'm going to do that first and you know it also consolidates some things over here but the key is that this is now stuck. If I were to go right. And I'll show you, if I go right the block can only appear as high as right here okay? So I'm going to go back there now I'm going to button mash top and left and see how far we get using that strategy.

Okay so it got us a little bit. Now, one thing you can do is to go right - now you see in this case the two appeared here. Now this is interesting because what you really want to do is avoid locking in low value numbers. So I'll show you what I mean hopefully. Let's see if I can get this to work. Okay, here we go. So I kind of just sort of did this thing that is really stupid but I just did it to show you. So this two right now is like locked in these eights are like guarding it and it's going to be increasingly difficult to consolidate this and make that a good number that we can work with if we leave that sort of locked under there so as soon as you have a block that's locked by any value like eight is bad, four is bad too - what you want to do is open that back up, so here what I'm going to do is open it up to the right and try and find a way to make that, to restore that two to something we can work with.

So in this case I'm going to go down again and basically what I'm going to do is keep going down until a two shows up in the right location. Okay there we go. So it took a little bit of work for us but we were able to get some stacked twos over here so that now we can consolidate those and then we're back to order here. Now I need to pin down my home row, there. Good. So now this is like a good looking board. I can do the button mashing stuff again and you'll see - pretty cool - it just slides right into the corner there. So that's going to get you pretty far. There are other things that you should think about doing and one thing is this sort of row at the bottom here, this home row becomes really important to the strategy that I'm teaching you and one thing that you really want to avoid doing is having to hit the down arrow.

So let me see if I can clear this board a little bit to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about. You notice that when you go to consolidate it's almost too easy. Look at that, I didn't really do anything there and it's already consolidated. Let's see if I can mess the board up a little bit to show you what I mean.

Okay, let's say it looks I mean, it will never really look quite like this but - g's it's actually hard for me to - so this is another kind of cool thing about the thing I'm teaching you, the strategy I'm teaching you. So let's say you're in a position sort of like this, I don't know, sort of like this, and you feel like you have to instead of going left or right, for some reason you have to go down, and really this would happen if this eight and this two weren't here. If this were just flat here and you couldn't go left or right, you didn't have that option, you'd only have one move, which would be down. And the reason that's bad is when you go down, a block appears on this side of the stuff so even if you were to return, if you were to go back up, now you've got this really annoying block that is being guarded by these higher value things and you have to do all kinds of stuff to get in there. So one thing that you really want to do is avoid having a flat board if you at all avoid it.

And one way to do that is to, if you think about this corner building like a corner, you tend to have staggered diagonals that run across like this. Okay? That will help you avoid that big problem of locking in low value numbers. So the strategy is kind of all about avoiding locking in low value numbers so see, in this case, this eight is now locked in by the sixteens so I would think about clearing those over and doing something else in the mean time until I knew that I could get that number bigger to sort of you know keep it from being locked out. So we've got fours, I can slide the fours over. Twos, I can sort of - there we go so now we've got eight sixteen, and I want to really think about trying to get you know this block to sixty-four and then sliding that sixty-four over to keep it over to the side there.

Okay?So, let's see. Those are the main things there. Now late in the game - I'm going to actually restart this to give you a clean board to show you a couple of things. So, I do my little corner button mashing thing.

Do this, do it again. Okay that's fine. Yeah and early on you don't have to be quite as careful because it's easier to fix mistakes. So you see that four is locked in there. There now we're better. So that thirty-two is trying to guard the sixteens so I really want to find a way to make sure that those grow, if that makes any sense. So the fours can go in there.

I can move those sixteens in. Now I need to get this sixteen up to thirty-two. I can do that like this. Okay - now we're good again. Anyway, opps, I made a big mistake there. Don't do that. Okay so now, this is an interesting idea, I just made this mistake where I accidentally put this block here. What I would really want to do to fix that is to grow this four into like a one-twenty-eight to consolidate them, or possibly change my corner.

So in this case, I'll just change my corner and see if I can quickly sort of fix this little problem that I've created for myself here. You would basically do the same thing here. I'll lock the home row there. But you're doing it in like the reverse side, if that makes sense. And you'll notice I'm going left and then right again. And I'm doing that because, okay here we go.

So basically you grow this to another sixty-four er thirty-two block, slide that thirty-two block over, slide the sixty-four down and slide this back into the corner and you can sort of re-establish - I guess I should just take the time to do this so I can show you guys. You want to re-establish the structure - the format. Okay there so, like that. And basically, what you now have - and now I can - I've changed the corner that I'm working with here but you can now button mash top and right.

Oh, well we're all out of stuff. And you'll see that the same sort of structure starts appearing. You've got the highest value here and then like lower values and it sort of goes out like that. Okay? So what you want to do - I would encourage you to avoid the temptation of collapsing these rows in too early. So right now, my only move is like left and right here so I'll do this. And now, when you are really close, when you only have one space here, then you really have to start thinking about giving yourself some more space. And the way you're going to do that is to collapse - in this case you might collapse this row left and then try and consolidate down. Let's see what happens - well, the other thing you want to do is think through your move.

So if I go right here, this is going to turn into a four, there will be a two here, and there will be another block in one of these two, which is actually good and I'll show you why. So ready, four here. If I go left again - oops that's not exactly what I meant to do. Now if I go right again. Oh g's I'm getting this all messed up. Well anyway, I can see that I can drop this two in here and then this four and I can turn this into a sixteen. And I can start to push down. I'll see if I can go down again by pushing the up arrow - I'm saying down but it's really up - it goes like this.

So you can sort of start to consolidate things away. When you get close, when you just have like one space remaining, slow down and think about how you can create some space for yourself. The way you're going to create space is when you get multiple consolidations for just one move. So when you're very efficient with your moves. Two for one, you want to save moves if you can.

So sometimes, you might have - let's see if I can build a case - so this isn't the perfect example, well let's see if I can wait to give you. Oh okay! Cool. Here we go. So I have these twos that I could go right here. But I also have these sixteens and these fours so I know that I'm going to go up and consolidate two at the same time. This isn't the perfect example but basically what I'm saying is I don't have to consolidate up first.

I can sort of go right first and that's a free move because I know these ones are left. I know I can always do those. And what ended up happening is this two showed up here and now when I consolidate up, I get like three consolidations for the price of one. So watch: all those consolidate. It makes it more efficient for me to do it this way. Now, yeah so anyway, you sort of can go on from there. And basically you get the idea.

When there's only one more left - so I'm going to actually mess up the board here - you would never really want to play like this. So this is perfect. Now I have the option of going left here. So if I go left, this two will show up here and this two will still be here, which means that the open space where the bock will appear will be right here and it will be either a two or a four.

If it's a four, I'll immediately lose the game because I won't be able to do anything. The four can't turn into either of the twos. But if I choose to go right, the two will be here, the four will be here, and I'll know for a fact that no matter what block shows up I'll have at least one more move. So you'll see, there's a two there, I can - I'll probably loose here anyway but I can do something like this. And now, I can consolidate those fours, I can consolidate those twos - I have more options. In fact if I consolidate these twos, I have like a similar thing going on here.

Alright so those are a bunch of basic tips. I'm going to show you one more thing. So let's get back to that little flower pattern or whatever. Whenever you have an option, so let me see if I can get to one here. Okay, here we go. So I have an option of sliding this two all the way over here and turning it into a four, or sliding the two all the way back and turning it into a four here. And I would recommend that when you have the option to push it to the furthest - I'm saying back because I'm thinking about my position being here - like I'm looking down at the game board - but you want to push it into the deepest, like as close to the home row as possible.

So I would push it here. Okay? Instead of taking the choice down here. And that's because you want to have you high value blocks kind of on the edge so that you save a lot of open space for you to operate on the board. Everything else is sort of in operation space and this is like off limits. So that's pretty much everything that I can show you. If you are interested in watching this strategy in action, you can see a game where I scored a 4096 block. You can see this 52044 - that's just the best score from that game. So if you want to you can click on this high score right here, this 52044 and that will take you to a walk through - a high speed play through of the game. I just sped up the tape and I put some annotations on the side - some text so that you could sort of see what I was thinking. So click that if you're interested.

Of course, you can always subscribe. Thank you for watching this video. I really hope it helped you. And go get 2048 and make your Facebook friends jealous. Alright see ya.

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