I don’t know about you but I’ve been there: putting more time and energy into a game than I want to. Hats off to game developers, there are some brilliant games out there. For now, I just don’t want to give that much of myself to them.
Why do I get obsessed? There are many reasons but I’ll mention two. One, I just have to beat “the next level”. And then to make matters worse they come out with a new “planet”. Two, I don’t want to let my friends down. If you play a game that has social pressure, that is a double whammy.
What game works for me? Chess. Some of you are cheering and some of you are rolling your eyes. What I’ve found is that I can play it as much as a want or not at all and enjoy it when I come back to it. My favorite way to play is an iOS app called Chess Pro.
What do I like about Chess Pro? The way the tutor works and the great design. The tutor presents you with four suggestions for each move and by following along you just naturally get better. Oh course, you can toggle the tutor on or off at any point. The design is simple and beautiful. The app is a great value at $9.99.
What games can you recommend that we might NOT become obsessed with? Sound off in the comments.