austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Well the strange animal walked right into the song

When I got my iPad I also picked up a couple of those silly time-killer games where you tap a spot, and then a couple hours later, go back and tap it again. You know the kind. One was City Story, which let you kind of build a city in a very un-challenging form, and I had some fun with that and some fun sending messages to my neighboring cities, most of which were BunnyBuddhism tweets (eg, ``Every hop is part of my path, whether I planned it or not'' or ``The carrot does not rot to spite me''). I gave that game up when they installed new messaging filters which for some reason counted ``bunny'' as an unacceptable word, and they wouldn't fix it or even explain what the issue with ``bunny'' was.

One that I'd stuck with was Tap Zoo, which doesn't have the hanging-out-with-neighbors aspect (for those who aren't on Facebook), but had plenty of animals. Unfortunately, the game stopped getting new animals or challenges or much of anything a couple of months ago, and now, finally, I've reached the point where I'm pretty much done. The animals that can be bought without the in-game stars (rationed to twelve a day, unless you pay money for more) I've all bought, and have maxed out the non-star currency in the game, so, there isn't so much to do.

It's always been a silly minor obsession to have, of course, and there's no reason I needed to play it. But reaching such a pretty clear end point shatters the compulsion to check back in daily, and there's always a bit of a sense of loss in reaching the end of a compulsion.

Meanwhile, there's the search for a replacement little-time-filler iPad game. Pinball Arcade is excellent, of course, and I have got Civilization Revolution, but, why isn't there a good SimCity-like game that isn't about buying stars in-game that I can find? Or, better, something like Europa Universalis but touchscreen-playable? I mean other than that it's absurd to think that any of the Europa Universalis line of games could be playable? (And yet I love them so.)

Trivia: The first tulip definitely known to have flowered in Europe did so in 1559, in the garden of Johann Heinrich Herwart, fo Augsburg, Bavaria. Source: Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions it Aroused, Mike Dash.

Currently Reading: Neptune's Brood, Charles Stross.


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