Players are presented with a 4x4 grid and during the start of the game, there are two “tiles” on the grid, with the number 2 or 4. You can move the tiles around by hitting the arrow keys on your keyboard. At every turn, random tiles appear in empty spots on the board with a value of either 2 or 4.
Tiles slide as far as they can in the player’s selected direction until they are at the end of the grid or are stopped by another tile. When two tiles with the same number run into one another, they combine to give players one tile that displays their sum. If all tiles in a row or column have the same value, a move aligned to the column or row will combine the first two and last two tiles.
There is a scoreboard located on the upper-right that keeps track of the player’s score. The score starts at zero and is increased whenever two tiles are combined. The objective is to reach 2048 before the board is filled with tiles, hence the name of the game. After reaching 2048, there is the option to continue playing to reach higher scores.