Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Jawbreaker! The Ball Breaker!

It's only ... no, less than a month into 2008, and already I'm breaking resolutions. Informal ones. I really wanted to avoid mind-numbing computer games this year, as I'd wasted far too much time on mindless computer games , and what happened?

Mr Coffee introduced me to a game on his PDA which I've been able to play on my computer as well, and I got addicted. I've been hurting my eyes, staying up all hours, Jawbreaking.

Yes I wanted to practice and be good at this game. But rather contrarily I've wasted time on this mindless game because I'm not really getting much better at it or developing much strategy. My mind is turning to jello.

The aim of the game is to get high points by busting balloons in little groups like this, of the same colour. Once you bust the balloons, the rest in the columns fall down, and regroup the other balloons. The higher the number of callooons busted in one group, the higher your score. And you can only bust a group if the balls are sitting next to each other (diagonally doesn't count) and they are the same colour. And it's hard to explain the fascination except you end up playing over and over again. And if you're me, you end up not thinking much about what you're doing - especially if it's 3am.

Ball Breaking, is the nickname I've given to this game, but in reality it's a complete waste of time, and I'm getting back to it ...


nailpolishblues said...

There's this little game called Mosaic, similar thing nly with blocks - totally fucking addicted. I am cheap arcade gaming my life away.

JahTeh said...

Now I have a beaut time waster, http://fallingsandgame.com/sand/pyro.html

I play minesweeper but I was really upset when I finally read the rules and found out I wasn't supposed to get the mine first off.

Maria said...

I like minesweeper. I got addicted to quite a few games quickly, I had a cycle. Once it was Solitaire, then Freecell, then pinball, then minesweeper. I stayed on minesweeper a lot.

I've never been able to get the mine first hit. It's always second hit.

Does anyone ever get it first hit? If you are you are a genius!

JahTeh said...

I haven't had much success with pinball, I can't quite get the hang of it. I'm sure I cheat at Solitaire but if I don't read the rules I won't know and spoil my fun.

I've had some fun with the Harry Potter games at http://harrypotter.warnerbros.co.uk/diagonalley/leakycauldron/home.html

Maria said...

I somehow got addicted to the funny noises on pinball. But I must say, there is a real feeling of despair when the little ball disappears. It's like a bit of you died. I get emotionally attached to pinball, even though I'm not very good.

Also, I read somewhere that computer games both warp your mind and increase skills like hand-eye coordination. I've been trying to become less clumsy by playing solitaire and minesweeper and pinball, but I'm still a klutz. I'm not sure if it's all a hoax or I haven't devoted enough time to the game yet.