I have fallen under the spell of tapping my index finger constantly on my phone. I refused to play games on my phone forever. I have an xbox, what did I need to use my phone for. Hmph…that all changed when I was in a car accident and couldn’t sit up long enough to play xbox but desperately needed to get my game fix.
Well no, that’s a lie. I was at work when I downloaded and played my first mobile “app” game. I was out for coffee with a resident and she couldn’t stop talking about this game called “Tiny Village”. She was eagerly clicking on all the coins and shops when we got wi-fi at Starbucks. This was about a week before the accident. So I downloaded the game and tried it. I created some houses, got villagers, and upgraded my Rock. I was moving up in the world of Tiny Village. I even got to the point where I could hatch dinosaurs from a pen (it only cost 250 gold for a random one). I was just learning about fusing dinosaurs when the accident occurred. What was I going to do without my inspiration from the resident. I downloaded this game so we could have something fun to chat about… and I’m a gamer 😉 I put the game aside for the first few days and then when I could stay alert enough to look at my phone, I started tapping again!
So…after I started to feel fully addicted to my Tiny Village. I was taking photos and uploading them on twitter. I was amazed with how quickly I could progress through the game and how much there was to do. Silly little goals and instant rewards of gold and crystals! I think I spent about 80 crystals without even realizing it :/ I was just “tap” “tap” happy! Typically the crystals cost “real” money if you want to have an abundance of them. For my purpose, I didn’t care so I wasn’t going to start buying extras for a game I was newly addicted to. See, I have control over my addiction!
That’s what I thought until a girlfriend of mine suggested that I download “Order Up” on the app store. It’s another free mobile game. The premise is that you take orders, prepare them, and serve them …all with a tap! Ahah, it was another game that I could feel successful at with my current state.
It didn’t stop there. Some of the goals for Tiny Village is to merely download and run a game to earn free crystals (remember you have to pay for them otherwise) …so I was downloading and running the games. But then, if you run them, you get new goals that will give you more crystals if you play the game to a certain level or prefer a specific action in a game. This is where it all went downhill, and I had no choice but to download all the “story” games (restaurant, fashion, bakery, dragons) …and Slots! I’m not even a gambler! I was laying down … tapping away on all these various games in order to push further in my initial downloaded game.
…I’m not going to lie, now that I can sit up and play games on my xbox, my mobile games will have to take a back burner. I love my xbox and can’t wait to have more time and energy for gaming! That said, I can’t promise I won’t load my mobile games occasionally to tap on my coins and order items to sell (virtually). The addiction takes time to wear off!