Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Candy Crush Anonymous

A few days ago a friend introduced me to Candy Crush. I downloaded the app thinking that I could play occasionally in those odd spare moments, like when you're waiting for the kettle to boil. I was wrong. I don't know how the programme writers do it but this game is genuinely addictive and should come with some sort of a health warning.

I can't even begin to explain how satisfying it is when you line up two special tiles [referred to as candies] and watch them explode across the screen because the more candies you destroy, the more likely you are to complete the level and I really want to get to that next level, and the next, and the next... There are, I believe, almost 500 levels. That's masses of 'playing-time' and far too many wasted hours.

To my surprise many of my friends have been playing Candy Crush for some time now. They tell me how they have reached levels in the hundreds. One friend is even on level 300-and-something. They all insist that they never pay for extra goes because here's the other clever thing about Candy Crush. As soon as they get you well and truly hooked they start restricting your access. I've just been told I have to wait 24 hours to try for the next level unless I would like to pay. It's only a small amount but, no, I would not like to pay. I have no intention of paying a  penny to Candy Crush. This is not the first time the game has invited me to pay for 'extra goes' or 'extra lives'. I'm quite sure that some people do pay. It's so easy. Just a click of the mouse. Those Candy Crush writers must be getting rich quick!

So what to do next? I will limit my playing time on the app but I can't bring myself to uninstall it which is what I know I should really do. So if I don't reply to your email/text/tweet/facebook comment then it might just be because I'm playing Candy Crush. If this is the case then I apologise.

Have you been tempted by Candy Crush? Are you addicted to some other game or have you [so far] managed to avoid all such temptations?

14 comments:

  1. It takes me all my time to keep up with the interesting blogs I follow plus facebook and twitter. I should really turn off the internet when trying to write!

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  2. Hahaha Sounds like Ros is completely hooked. I'm not even tempted. There is not enough time to do the things I really enjoy now. I have to be eliminating, not adding to. Ha

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  3. I'd rather have some real candy to crush - like M&Ms between my teeth. Good luck on your levels. I have not been fascinated with app games like that. I do play Words With Friends, i.e. Scrabble, and I convince myself that this is writing related. Oh we all have our time killers. No harm in confession. Have fun, Rosalind.

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  4. Oh dear Ros...you're on a slippery slope! I keep being invited to play it on facebook...but I've resisted. There aren't enough hours in the day as it is...but shall be interested to hear how you get on!
    Two of my other fiends are addicted a farming game...they love it.

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  5. I've fiddled with it, but the minute it asked me for money or said I had to invite friends to play before I could move up a level - that's when I stopped. I do, however, enjoy a game of solitaire while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil, but it's never eaten time or money!

    Hope you manage to escape the Candy Crush tentacles, Ros.

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  6. This is the first I've heard of it, Ros, but then I've never liked games much, not even when they were real card and board games. I played them to be sociable, but when my friends switched to computer games, I breathed a sigh of relief as I didn't have to do it anymore! My time killer is reading blogs…my list gets longer and longer...ahem :-)

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  7. I never heard of it before, but since I love games, I just had to come and check it out. Reading the comments above, I think I may just stick with my solitaire for now.

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  8. Sadly, I'm addicted to real candy, especially if it's chocolate! I've never tried Candy Crush or any other online games. It would take too much time away from my TV addiction!

    Julie

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  9. I've never played Candy Crush or any of those other type of games. I get lots of invites from friends on Facebook to join games, but I don't. I enjoy playing Mahjong from time to time, so I go to a free site when I want to play a few rounds. I also set a time limit of how much time I can spend playing Mahjong. It's worked for me so far. : )

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  10. Ros, Ros, Ros. Do Not Go There. Addiction is a bad thing! Mandy James plays this and is always posting stuff about it. You will end up with square eyes and bad habits. Destroy it now.

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  11. I daren't start on these games. Twitter and bloggs take up enough of my precious reading/writing time as it is. I do know my daughter is addicted though!

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  12. I knew that you'd all help me. I've moved the app to the last page on my iPad and will only look at it late at night if I need to distract my brain. Thank you everyone for helping me out of it :-)

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  13. Hi Ros .. I just don't do them ... anything time wasting is time wasting - I'd rather sit and think ... and as for paying to waste time .. that seems odd - perhaps I'll leave it there .. It's the kids I worry about - as they were highlighting today in the news .. now I understand a little more after your explanation ..

    Cheers Hilary

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