Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My One Game

I don't play computer or tablet games; I really don't.

Oh, sometimes a game will catch my interest for awhile, but it is usually short-lived.

Back when computers were young, like in the mid-80s, I played a lot more. There was Frogger, Pacman, Pole Position, and Tetris (a little later) along with others.

But since maybe the early 90s, not much.

However, one game that I have downloaded onto my tablet does get played a bit as proved by the level that you see in the screenshot: Wordscapes.

Mind you, I completed all of those levels over a long period of time, during which the game might be set aside for a week or more. So it's not as if I'm addicted although I also have the game on my phone, where I have play a similar number of levels. Sue plays it a lot more and is on level 2641. (I just checked.)

That's a lot of levels, and I don't know if one ever comes to the end of the game. But Sue is not addicted either; it's just a good game to pass a little time when there is a little time to pass if you know what I mean. In other words, you can play a round in fairly short order when you're between tasks.

BTW, they're not so much levels as rounds. At least, I don't notice the rounds getting much harder if at all.

Here is what the game looks like: kind of a mix between a crossword and a word scramble. The crossword part of it helps you after you fill in a few initial words. I mean, knowing one letter in a word can really help you to figure out the whole word.

But I didn't really start this post to extol the glories of Wordscapes. No: I came to post of the weirdness of the mind — or at least of my mind.

I don't know how many times I have wrestled with a problem only to leave it and have the solution pop into my head while I was doing something else. The shower, by the way, seems to be a good place for random inspiration, which I found to be quite true when I was doing website coding a number of years ago. I would hit a roadblock and leave the coding but then have the solution pop into my head in the shower or while chopping onions or whatever.

I hadn't expected this to happen with Wordscapes. But it did.

I had been playing a round that was longer than the one pictured above, and I got totally stuck on the last two words. There was something that needed doing in the kitchen, so I passed my tablet to Sue, and said, "Here, you try it because I'm stuck."

Maybe a half moment later, without the clues to look at, I asked Sue from the kitchen, "Does matron fit?"

Sure enough, it did. And that helped to unlock the very last entry, which I got in a flash.

I find that strange: to go round and round, trying all sorts of combinations of letters and being stymied, only to grasp the answer when I wasn't even looking at the letters.

BTW: if you want to try the game, it's free although there are commercials after every round, which you can eliminate by forking up $3.99, which is not bad at all ... although I haven't done it.


Mara said...

I played Tetris for a while, but got really bored with it. This game sounds good. I might give it a go and see how far I get.

As for getting the answer, it sometimes is a bit 'can't see the trees for the forest' (or is it the other way around?). You look away for a moment and all of a sudden it all becomes clear.

MARY G said...

Scrabble is my go to. And one of my aunts used to say that her mind would work on an answer overnight and give it up in the morning. I wish my mind would do that for me, or the way yours works. Playing Scrabble, I will often see a much better scoring opportunity just after I have played an inferior one. Same with landscape photos, but now we have digital cameras, that is no longer a problem.

Anvilcloud said...

Mary. I need time and clues, so Scrabble isn't really the game for me. I can't be arsed to be very competitive anymore. Playing something in my own time and space is better for me.

Christina said...

Wordscapes seems like an intellectually stimulating game, nothing wrong with that :-) I don't have the patience for games now, I am always fidgeting about but I used to play Captain Comic in the early 1990s, and also The Lemmings. I have recently looked these up and they look rather dated compared to newer games. Both were fun. I played Tetris, too. Still a great game I think.

Virginia Dean said...

I've never gotten into those games although I do a "regular old time" crossword puzzle every night and always have a jigsaw puzzle half done on the dining room table.
BTW: those are adorable pictures of the kids and their bunny friend ~

Marie Smith said...

Not a game player but I would like that one!

Kay said...

I do JUMBLE almost every morning, but am probably not successful 30% of the time. OK... let’s be honest. 40% of the time. I usually hand it over to my husband and he will agonize over it until he gets the answer. I am ... sigh... not patient.

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Jenn Jilks said...

That's how our minds work! Our subconscious works on it. Many have aha moments in their sleep, too!
Me? I had a recurring nightmare about teaching. I had a principal who harassed me, and I always dream about her changing my class, or screwing around with my assignment. We called her The Princess.