So not too long ago, I stumbled on this pretty addictive cat game online that’s both free to play and actually pretty stress relieving. It’s name? 2048 Cats! It’s not one of those high-adrenaline games at all, just a simple, very low intensity, low effort, and yet (in my opinion) incredibly fun game that chances are high you might find yourself Googling to find to play over again and again.
That’s definitely what happened with me! I’m always trying to keep an eye out for cool cat-related things I can show you all, and so while I told myself initially that I was just trying this game out to see if it was interesting enough to show my readers, that motivation quickly became corrupted when I spent, oh I don’t know how many tries trying to get my high score as high possible – even just on the first day I found the game. Now, quite literally weeks after I originally found 2048 Cats, I’ve found myself logging nearly another hour on it… and that’s a little weird considering this is not the type of online game that usually grabs my attention!
The nature of the game? A sliding game (based on the original 2048 sliding game) that means you only have to press 4 buttons: up, down, left, or right on your keyboard, over and over until you’ve essentially lost! Your goal is of course to last as long as you possibly can, to get your score up to the highest it can be (each move you make increases your high score by a little bit). You try to match up images together, either sliding them up, down, left, or right into other matching images. Each move leads to a new image on the game “board,” while every match leaves just 1 image where there used to be two. Oddly, though I suppose to make the game a bit more difficult, the one image that results is not always the same image you matched up. Either way, this means that eventually, when you start finding it hard to make matches, your game board will become littered with pictures – all adorable gifs of kitty cats that are terribly sweet to be staring at the whole time. There’s no clock, so you can take however long you want, even leaving the game to finish for the next day. As I’ve said, it’s just incredibly relaxing to play.
I’m not one for playing too many games (unlike my brother, who’s a gaming addict; okay he’s not that bad). I usually just rotate between my favourite two or three. I usually have at least one game I like to play that’s high adrenaline, like League of Legends, as well as at least one that’s much less high-adrenaline, usually Final Fantasy Online/FFXIV. But those require a lot more time commitments than this game in particular, as well as most of the online games I’ve loved playing the past – like Age of War, which I spent many hours in high school and university playing.
Once I decided to write an article about this mini-game, I thought I would do my best to put together a short list of tips & tricks and share my high score on it with you. Obviously, this led to yet more time dumped into this game, more time than I’m willing to admit considering my score is pretty low! But it was time well spent because, as I said, this game is darn relaxing. Oh and for science. Had to figure out at least a few things about it on your behalf, 😉 (so I’ll tell myself!).
2048 Cats: Tips & Tricks
A few tips & tricks I learned?
- Obviously, if you can match two cat gifs in one turn, do that. If you make one move so you can get two in another, though, I think that’s pretty much the same as getting one in each turn.
- I somehow feel like if you choose a side to cluster the images on, like the top for instance, and then you continue to concentrate on matching photos up, to the right or to the left, so they don’t move all that much, you end up being able to last a lot longer, and thus have a higher score in the end.
- There are a few different pictures, some that are common (two most common – #1: white cat with hands outstretched, and #2: black and white cat being pet with pink brush), some that are not. Concentrate on clearing the most uncommon pictures first if you can clear those. It makes the game last a lot longer if you prioritize this way.
- You might even want to concentrate on just matching the rarer cat pictures up and let the rest “match themselves,” so to speak. Since there are so many of pictures 1 and 2 this method typically does work pretty well.
- Another technique you can try: concentrate on trying to get the same images as close together as physically possible, even if they don’t match in that turn. If you do this from the beginning, it can really help make it easier to clear rarer images later in the game, since you might get lucky with the odd match without even trying due to them being in close proximity already.
- Just because you think all hope may be lost (because your “board” is starting to be completely littered with cat pictures), luck may come your way and you might get 2 or 3 pictures cleared in one go. Don’t give up preemptively by restarting too soon! Just hang in there until you get “Game Over!” on your screen. Your new high score might be just around the bend of a quick and easy turn of luck!
- You may indeed be just as successful, or even more successful, clicking randomly between up, down, right, and left buttons – without a strategy at all!
My High Score on 2048 Cats
My personal high score? Just over 3000 at 3168 points. Is this a particularly good score? Not sure, I really don’t know what the average high score is when people play this game! Kind of wish they showed the median, the mean, and the highest score won – would be a nice addition to this simple page.
What Do You Think of 2048 Cats?
Have you tried playing 2048 Cats yourself? What was your personal best high score?
What do you think of this game? Did you know about it before you read this article?
Do you find this online cat game addictive in any way? Do you think you’ll be back again to play? Know of any other great cat games to play on the internet? How about cool cat game phone apps?
Let me know in the comments section down below!