Thursday, 21 January 2010

I'm Forever Blowing Up Bubbles

When I bought my computer, over 3 years ago now, the only features that interested me were the price and memory. After all, I wasn't going to play games on the thing.

I didn't play games for the first year and a half. At least not that many. I didn't want to spend money on games I might not like, and I didn't want to download software from places on the internet I didn't trust.

Then I plucked up the courage to install Linux. This changed things, since with tens of thousands of packages available with Ubuntu, and all free, you could easily try things out.

Now Helena and I - of course, that's mainly Helena, not me; obviously I wouldn't be interested in such frivolities if it weren't for her - Helena and I have got quite a few. One of the latest we've installed is Frozen Bubble. It runs on Linux, Macs and mobile phones, and there's also a Java-based version.

You've probably played games like this - there's probably one on your i-pod or i-phone or whatever. The aim is to fire bubbles at other bubbles. If your bubble hits a group (two or more) of the same colour, they are all destroyed. Any other bubbles that are being held in place solely by them also disappear. The aim is to clear all of them.

In order that I am sufficiently au-fait with the game to be able to better share quality experiences with my daughter, I've spent hours playing it over the last few days. It's not that I'm becoming addicted to it or anything. Oh, and it's not just Helena's fault. I've had to put in extra hours on it in order to fully research this blog post. So you're implicated as well.

And now I have to go. I still haven't managed to get past level 60 yet...


for a different kind of girl said...

I'm reading this immediately after I just downloaded a bunch of free games to my ipod. I'm totally going to be a master at flicking a wadded up piece of pretend paper into a wastebasket. I can feel it!

Jean Knee said...

I so love to hear about fathers and daughters doing things together.

Bee said...

Hmmm I've never heard of this one. I play one where there are blocks you have to explode them so it's kinda the same I guess. It's even more dangerous when the games are portable.

Anonymous said...

I am a generic game player. Lotso is about as hi-tech as I get :)

VE said...

I've tried this game in the hot tub...

Brian o vretanos said...


Some people are born to be great leaders, others great entrepreneurs, and still more great pretend paper flickers...


Yes, I wonder how families coped before they had computers and TV and stuff. I suppose they spent their days sitting round the cave fire arguing.


I think there are a lot of similar games around.


Lo-tech can be addictive, too.


I hope you didn't end up with frostbite ;-)