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    dkirschner's Unblock Me (Other)

    [February 10, 2012 08:23:00 AM]
    This is my combined log on games like Unblock Me, Infecct, and countless other games that I keep downloading on my phone, playing briefly and then deleting, that have you do the same thing for hundreds of levels. The same thing that they seemingly all have you do is either matching 3 colored things, moving something from one end of somewhere to another, or drawing lines, or just some other little kindergartener activity that, in many cases, even a kindergartener can do. I do not get it. I don't understand the appeal. I get so unbelievably bored.

    For Unblock Me, I'm looking at it right now. I made it to like level 40. Then the game auto-updated itself and deleted my save file or something, so I had to start over. What prompted me to write this is I looked at how many levels there are. If you play on Easy, you have 1200 levels. Move on to Intermediate for 1000 more. Advanced has 400. Expert also has 400. And then there's something called "Original Free" which has another 1200. Who in their right mind would want 4200 levels of moving a red block to the hole in the wall?

    Infecct is another of these where you have to draw a line through blocks in a level, and the line can never cross itself, and you have to draw it through every block. It's got 364 levels.

    My question isn't necessarily, "How is this fun?" because I usually enjoy them for half an hour or so, but "How is this fun after half an hour or so because after half an hour or so I realize I'm doing the exact same thing forever and ever." You will not convince me that Unblock Me is so neat that anyone on Earth needs 4200 levels. Or that Infecct is doing anything different on level 102 versus level 267. And Infecct and ones like it are especially dumb because each level is locked until you beat the one before it. So I really don't know if level 102 is different than 267, but I'm not drawing 266 levels of lines to find out.

    People may say that these games are good for small doses. I agree a little bit. I played Unblock Me on the train for at least a month, but after those 40 levels, I realized like I said earlier that the next 40 are going to be the exact same, and so will the next 40 and the next 40, ad infinitum.

    Yes, there is challenge. Yes, I have a goal. There's no narrative. There's no reward except the next level, which is invariably similar to the previous one. And I don't really feel smart for completing a level. It's like how in Angry Birds I only felt kind of smart, then the other half I felt lucky that the physics made the objects fall in the correct way.

    Rant rant rant! Delete all these games or quit making obscene numbers of levels!
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    dkirschner's Unblock Me (Other)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 9 February, 2012

    GameLog closed on: Friday 10 February, 2012

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Pointless puzzle solving forever and ever.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstar

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