It’s Saturday morning. Do you know where your smartphone is? Your coworker may anxiously be waiting for you to play ‘Words with Friends.’ Haven’t had your morning coffee yet? That’s OK — throw a few chickens at pigs in ‘Angry Birds.’ Think you’re not addicted? Maybe you’re not, but some Lodians admit they definitely are.
Mobile gaming: Our obsession
Hannah Kemalyan plays “Words with Friends” on her iPhone all day long and, sometimes, when she wakes in middle of the night.
I play ‘Plants vs. Zombies’ on my iPod Touch. The animation is
funny and the music is weird.
‘Robot Unicorn Attack.’ It’s epic. It’s entertaining.
I sold my phone with games, but I liked ‘Angry Birds.’ That one was
Sometimes I play racing games against three or five other people.
I play ‘Angry Birds’ on my iPhone. I play it with my little
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‘Panel VL.’ It’s like a Japanese music anime game.
- Panorama Editor Pam Bauserman gets sucked in
As I sit on the couch relaxing at the end of the day, I
anxiously await my turn on the “Words with Friends” game I play on
my iPhone. I play separate games with four people. Sometimes, if I
request a game with one particular person at the same time they
request one with me, I will play two games simultaneously with that
People have said I’m obsessed.
As I wait, I look curiously at my phone wondering why my
opponent hasn’t taken her turn. I set the phone down and continue
watching TV, when all of a sudden, bling!
I take a peek at my phone, and it tells me that my opponent has
taken her turn. I pick up the phone and open the screen. I
intensely study the letters, desperately searching for a word to
make, hoping I can make a word with a lot of points. I manage to
make a word using five of my seven letters, while landing on a
space that says triple letter and another space that says triple
word. Bingo! I land myself 51 points. Yippee! I did it!
Excited about my successful move, I get up to make my daughter
an evening snack. As I spread peanut butter on crackers, I hear it
again. Bling! I run to the phone. There is a chat message. My
opponent notices my big move and writes, “Wow, 51 points!” Then, I
take my turn. I set the phone down and almost immediately I hear,
bling! Another opponent has taken a turn. Again, I search for
something that will give me a high score. This time, I’m not as
lucky. I only have consonants. The most I can get is 6 points, but
I’ll take it.
I set the phone down and put the peanut butter away. Several
minutes go by but no one takes a turn. I wonder why. I start to get
feelings of withdrawal. The later it gets, I realize no one is
going to take a turn. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I guess
I’ll have to check Facebook. Maybe it’s my turn on “Scrabble.”
- City hall reporter Maggie Creamer flings angry birds
It’s the classic struggle of birds versus pigs. And it often
consumes precious minutes of my day.
Sometimes I sweat. I occasionally find myself cursing the stupid
green pigs that stole my birds’ eggs. And you might even hear me
humming the pirate-like theme song while walking around town.
I go through phases with the quirky Internet game “Angry Birds.”
Sometimes I play it for 30 minutes straight. Sometimes I don’t pick
it up for a week. But it is probably the only game on my LG Optimus
phone for Sprint that I play on a regular basis.
For those who haven’t played, the plot might seem strange, but I
can assure you it is addicting. A group of green pigs steals the
eggs of a bird family and hides them in different forms of
structures designed to keep the birds out.
But the birds have a secret weapon: a sling shot. They hop in
and you fire them at the structure, eventually knocking it down and
making the pigs disappear.
There are 120 levels, and you can go back and play previous
levels with the goal of getting a perfect three out of three stars.
Some levels I finish in mere seconds, others take me try after
I can’t even think into the future far enough to the point
where I completely finish the game, and I may never get to that
point. But for now I’ll keep flinging the clucking birds through
- Mobile games at a glance
“Robot Unicorn Attack”
The objective: To live as long as possible.
Players are instructed to make their wishes come true, with the
knowledge that they will die. Gameplay consists of jumping and
double jumping on platforms. The game ends in an explosion when the
player runs into the wall, falls off the map or hits a star without
The objective: To pop the pigs with angry
chickens you shoot off with a sling shot. Each level gets
increasingly more difficult as the pigs hide in structures you
must break through.
“Plant Vs. Zombies”
The objective: To keep zombies from destroying
your house and eating your brains through the use of defensive
plants, many of which have unique features. You can also defend
your house with lawn mowers.
“Words with Friends”
The objective: Similar to “Scrabble,” players
exchange words vertically and horizontally, trying to get the most
number of points with every word. You can play against random
players or friends.
Earn more points by using extra-point spaces, such as double
letter, double word, triple letter and triple word. The game ends
when one player plays every tile remaining. The game could also end
if three successive turns have occurred with no scoring and as long
as the score is not zero-zero.
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 9:56 am
Updated: 1:09 pm, Fri Mar 4, 2011.
Hanna Kemalyan has passed the first step: Acknowledging she has
“Hi, my name is Hannah, and I’m a ‘Words with Friends’ addict.
It’s been 16 minutes since my last score.”
Friday, March 4, 2011 9:56 am.
Updated: 1:09 pm.