It certainly isn’t uncommon to see variations of popular games on the App Store, but it’s rare to come across a variation that’s better than the original game. Mixies: 2048, an iOS game by Smotch Games, adds a few exciting twists to the original (and very popular) 2048 game.
Even if you’ve never played 2048 before, Mixies: 2048 is incredibly easy to pick up and play. There’s a very useful interactive tutorial that guides new players through the basics of the game. The idea is to combine tiles of the same number so they add together. The goal is to create the highest number you can, ideally 2048.
If you are familiar with the original 2048 game, then you know that it’s pretty generic and straightforward. Mixies: 2048 goes above and beyond by not only making gameplay more appealing, but it adds a bit of flair and different elements to enhance the player’s experience.
One of the things I really like about Mixies: 2048 is the fact that it’s colorful and vibrant, unlike the original game. Also, players can choose between two different boards – 4×4 or 5×5. The former is the classic 2048 setup, while the latter allows for extended gameplay and much higher scores.
Mixies: 2048 also features two different sets of achievements to earn. Players can collect Mixies, which are adorable creatures that represent a particular feat in the game. There are also Game Center achievements to earn if you combine high scoring tiles such as 2048 up to 8192. Personally I think the cute little Mixies are more fun to collect because there are more challenges to complete.
Another thing I really like about Mixies: 2048 is the theme toggle. Players can switch between the day theme and the night theme with a touch of a button, which is perfect for adjusting the game in various environments. I found the night theme to be a bit easier on the eyes and more fun to play.
I do want to mention that Mixies: 2048 is supported by ads and that players have to watch a short video in order to play the 5×5 grid. There’s an option to unlock the 5×5 grid permanently for $0.99, as well as disable ads for an additional $0.99. When it comes to cost, I do wish these weren’t separate in-app purchases, but I do like the fact that players can still play without paying for unlocking as long as they’re willing to sit through ads.
Overall, Mixies: 2048 is a fantastic version of 2048 that I prefer over the original. It features great graphics and audio, a nice variety of achievements to collect, and a cool day and night theme toggle. Even if you’ve never played 2048 before, Mixies: 2048 is the perfect game to start with.
Mixies: 2048 requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion