In case you have been living under a rock, you probably know of the recently popular game 2048, which was itself based on the popular mobile game Threes. 2048 ended up being more popular than Threes, making Threes look like a ripoff of it, which is quite funny when you think about it. Anyway. Squared, by Gandi, is a clone of 2048 for the Pandora. It’s pretty good.
Just in case you have never heard of 2048 at all, the goal of the game is to pair up numbers inside a Square. You pair up two 2’s, and you get a single 4. Pair up two 4’s and you get a 8, and so on. At each turn of the game, a new 2 appears inside the Square, while you decide to “push” the numbered boxes into a single direction to make numbers pair up: up, down, left or right.
You’ll understand that it will be easy to get numbers such as 16 or 32, but whenever you reach numbers such as 64 or 128, you need another 64 or another 128 in order to make them pair up into a new number. This means you need an increasingly large number of steps to get there, while 2’s keep popping up in the game box at every turn. You are basically fighting against entropy, and it gets hard pretty fast. Since it’s very unlikely you get to the magic number 2048, this is basically a score driven game.
Gandi’s version on the repo is very faithful to the original, and even includes pretty nice animations showing the tiles moving and merging together. The only quibble I have is related to the font used for numbers – it’s OK but there may be better looking fonts out there.
2048, or Squared, is one of those games that look very simple and straightforward at first, but can be very complex to fully grasp and master. You should probably give it a try. Note that you can also play the game in your web browser, if you want to try out the game without getting the PND for now.
Now I hope Gandi will provide C4A support for it, so that the Pandora community can compete for higher scores!