Dubbed as the “most addictive thing” on the Internet, 2048, based off of the game 1024 by Veewo Studios and Threes by Asher Vollmer, was created by 19-year old Italian freelance developer Gabriele Cirulli.
“Once I had finished developing it, I just released it on a small news site for designers, just looking for some interesting feedback,” said Cirulli. “From there, it got posted on Hacker News and skyrocketed. It’s exciting, but also a bit stressful.”
The game consists of a grid of 16 squares with different numbers on each. The objective is to get to a “2048” tile, which can be done by combining tiles with the same number to form bigger squares of numbers.
The online game now has well over 5 million players, with over 521 years of combined game play spent on the game, wrote the developer via Twitter.
Cirulli says he does not plan on “monetizing” the game, which is why he will not be making an app version. 2048 can be played on his official website here.