You know, there are some things that you like so much, you just hate them. They absolutely have your number. They own you lock, stock and barrel.
Bejeweled is my nemesis.
I find that I play this game and get totally lost in it for lengths of time that I will not admit to. So, I was wondering the other day, what is it that keeps someone addicted to such a game as this?
So, I did some online searching and found that the creators of Bejeweled did explain how they hook you and keep you so ‘engaged’ (for hours):
• High Game Scores
Everyone likes a high score. It proves something. Without a high score to shoot for, you wouldn’t even bother to play the game.
• Low Pressure of playing the game
There’s enough pressure to cope with on a daily basis, so here the only stress is the play the game. Low stress (not no-stress) games, while giving you some success, will keep you engaged longer. I guess, this means, a feeling of accomplishment with minimal effort.
The sounds of the pings and muted explosions get progressively higher as you make combinations. A secret weapon that claims to hook you in.
• Constantly changing screen
As you are playing the game, the screen constantly changes, giving you a new view, different stimulus, new challenge, that increases your concentration, which increases your engagement.
• Cognitive Benefits
Keeping your brain stimulated and the pressure low, keeps the stress down and the attention span long. OK, I’m sure they have scientist who have studied this. After all, I’m hooked.
• But what about the Angst?
The angst of “I can’t believe I’ve been sitting here playing this game for so long?” Well, I guess that’s a problem that I have to solve myself.
By the way, what’s your Waterloo?
What iPhone game has you hopelessly hooked?