My Whirlwind Relationships with iPhone Games

When people meet me, it doesn’t take long to realize I am a technology fanatic (especially with things that have an “i” in front of their name). I love reading tech blogs, researching the latest apps that will help boost (or destroy) my productivity, and my poor wife and friends have to put up with endless lectures on why their lives will be forever changed by downloading this one free app.

So it should come as no surprise that if there is a new popular game sweeping the App store (especially a free one), I have to try it. Through the years, many games have come and gone from my iDevices, but the ones I have a particular love/hate relationship with are turn-based games.

You probably just stopped reading right there. That sounds like way too nerdy of a term to be of any interest to you. However, I bet you actually know and love some of these games. Words with Friends, Draw Something, and most recently Letterpress are all popular TBGs (I don’t know if people actually use the term TBG, but if not, I say we start).

I’ve found my relationship with TBGs is a lot a like teenage romance, and has the same 3 basic steps.

1. Intrigue
Like a cute girl across the cafeteria in 9th grade, a game briefly catches my eye as it scrolls across the top of the app store. I don’t know much about it, so I start asking friends what they can tell me about it. Eventually I work up the courage (generally through a series of pep talks in a mirror) to finally press the Buy App button.

The get-to-know-you period is nice. I learn the rules and start to get a feel for what the game is really about. I begin to see this game is in fact a good fit for me. This of course leads to…

2. Obsession
Like a pubescent boy with hormones raging, I fall hard and fast. I quickly begin telling anyone who will listen how great my game is. I want them to join the game as well so we can all go out together. It becomes my constant companion. My phone constantly beeps at me with messages from the game. We can’t bear to be apart.

3. Overwhelmed
Unfortunately, just as a young boy struggles to put in the work it takes to have a real relationship, I can’t stay with my game for the long haul. I end up with way too many different games going, and can’t keep any of them straight. I get tired of the constant push notifications, and the constant little red reminders on my home screen nagging me to play back like a clingy girl (see my current iPad games folder).

4. Dumping
I have the best of intentions to go back and finish out games, but it just becomes too much for me. For days I sweat it out, arguing with myself over whether or not to go on and delete the game. Eventually I get brave and pull the trigger.

Oh the freedom. The sweet sweet freedom.Yet like most teenage relationships, a new one is likely just around the corner.

What are some of your favorite Turn-Based Games?


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