Hidden Objects

It is only one day, right? I mean really, I made a couple of runs with various assorted off spring who had appointments (thought they had appointments or needed to get paperwork) over at the hospital. Ms Soprano and I stopped at the Rohrbacher Rathaus to drop off paperwork to make the pup legal (not saying that she is not owned, just that she is not in the German system which would make it harder to get her back should she decide to go tearing off).

I finished up the baby pod I started two days ago (pix tomorrow) and decided that Patton’s Fairy Tale needs a tighter gauge than recommended since it grew when wet rather than tightened up. I knit another few cm on the green one.

But mostly I indulged in Big Fish Games. You know them? Suck you in by offering the higher end versions of the games for the regular price? Downloaded directly to your computer and pay in whatever currency takes your fancy? Buy enough and you even get coupons for more the following month.

Maus likes this particular type of game a lot. I usually like mindless versions of Match 3 or solitaire. The Mole (out of his room numerous times today – and BTW – his room is clean) likes strategy and world building games with past detours in WOW. The Eldest will play a bit of anything (she has been trying out a few games) but really doesn’t waste much time in that direction at all. Ms Soprano hasn’t shown much interest that I know of. George? I think he may have moved up a level in solitaire as the iPad is terrific for Spider.

But this past weekend, I bought a few Hidden Object Games.

You know the kind? Find strange things hidden in plain sight combined with puzzles? The story lines range from strange to completely bizarre. Normally I can’t manage them at all – I simply can’t see the objects and I get really annoyed at the puzzles. But on sale? Completely different kettle of fish! The offer was for the Collecter’s Editions for the price of the regular game.

Having extra art work or extended game play is all right. No sweat. But having the strategy guides included? It depends on how you look at timed games and hints. Me? I turn off the timer on everything possible. I want to relax, not be stressed. I don’t care if the score says that it took me 8 hours to work through a game when I know it took under 3 hours (30 minute penalty for skipping a puzzle; each and every time). You might call looking things up cheating – I call it saving my sanity. Just the same way that I don’t see anything wrong with looking up patient information, treatment suggestions or further recommended diagnostics. When I am stuck I dislike wasting time and being frustrated.

My attention span is not so short that I am looking in the guide every five minutes – but maybe 3-5 times in a game. I really don’t care if I “win” or lose. A lot of it is just the wandering around from room to room and trying to outguess the designers. When their brains are too strange (it would never occur to me to use a bar of gold bullion to break a window – it is just too soft), I look it up, take the action and move on.

Where was I going with this anyway?

Ah, hidden objects. After an hour this morning of dealing with the hidden objects in my studio I switched to games. I like the story lines better and those have a definite end that can be accomplished in a few hours!

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3 Responses to Hidden Objects

  1. Pat says:

    I am such a freak about online stuff. I am all about FREE. I almost never buy the full version. I don’t let my son either. I do the same with books on the Kindle. About a thousand books in it, and only paid for two. Overwhelming!

  2. Helen says:

    From the sounds of it you need something else to stimulate your mind!

  3. Steve says:

    I agree on games…can’t stand most and hate anything that times me.
    Hell…I remember playing ‘Mystery Mansion’ on an IBM MAINFRAME…now that was fun…till the dept head, a PhD Chemist type with an organized brain) drew up maps of the entire place…all floors, basements, grounds. BTW, he became a Kodak VP back when we respected the type. Now retired as a gentleman farmer in Paducah, Ky… Great guy…

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