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I am playing 2048 Numberwang. Sometimes the game proclaims: enter image description here

Is it possible to know exactly when it is Numberwang?

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I had to watch the video to understand the game. – William Jackson Mar 21 '14 at 13:18
You should watch all Numberwang episodes to get a better grasp. – Sentry Mar 21 '14 at 14:47
up vote 22 down vote accepted

"That's Numberwang!" is a random message displayed 10% of the time during score update if your score for that turn is greater than 8:

The relevant code is in html_actuator.js:

function HTMLActuator() {
    this.thatsNumberwang  = document.querySelector(".thats-numberwang");
HTMLActuator.prototype.updateScore = function (score) {
    if (Math.random() > 0.9 && score > 8) {
HTMLActuator.prototype.showMessage = function (message) {
    message = message || "That's Numberwang!";
    var announce = document.createElement("p");
    announce.textContent = message;
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Every turn the site contacts Colosson to determine whether or not it is Numberwang. The result is relayed safely back to the user, to avoid further incident.

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It is possible that the dev overrode Math.random() to make the necessary telegraph to Colosson. Since @Feichinger's answer doesn't explicitly specify whether this is the case, this is a feasible answer. – fredley Mar 21 '14 at 15:48
@fredley Oh you! Tsk! – user98085 Mar 21 '14 at 16:52

From the site:

When two tiles touch, that’s Numberwang!

However, since the proclamation does not happen on every turn, best guess is it, like everything else in that game, is random.

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"That's" Numberwang" in all winning scenarios that are not Wangernum

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If you watch the show "That Mitchell and Webb Look", where this game originates from - you'll see that there is an alternate game mode called Wangernum - in which the winning state is, "Wangernum". Therefore all winning state that are not Wangernum - must be Numberwang – RobD Mar 22 '14 at 20:24

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