You can make fun of me all you like, but I’m addicted to “Flutter.” It’s a mobile game where you raise butterflies. My daughter says, “You’re such a mom because raising kids wasn’t enough and now you have to raise butterflies?” But it’s educational. Every butterfly is representative of a real butterfly that lives somewhere in the world. Flutterpedia gives you a brief synopsis of each butterfly. And it’s addicting because it’s designed to be addicting. That’s what game designers do. And last night I dreamed about the game and that I had unlocked a beautiful 3 dimensional jungle filled with butterflies and all kinds of wonders. I’m definitely in trouble.
The truth is I’m not alone. A study by MocoSpace, a mobile game network showed 30 percent of women over the age of 30 spend more a whopping two hours or more a day playing some sort of game.
Moms are as addicted to their smartphones as they are to the games they play on them. I asked some of MOMentum’s followers what they played and they said Word Mole. Bejeweled. Granny Races. If it’s Sudoku you love, it’s math and if your child catches you then you can always say, “I’m practicing my math skills.”
So many of the games are “beautifully mindless” as one of my friends so eloquently put it. Moms are busy with our heads spinning 100 miles an hour. Is it any wonder we like our mobile games? It’s a few minutes of downtime.
Gaming is not just for down time though or a little de-stressing. We love games we can play with our kids and pass back and forth allowing for together time. Right now I’ve been playing “Llama versus Duck” with my daughter. I really suck at it, but it’s great for laughs and giggles. My son and I play “Battleship” together.
Rumor has it “Dots” is a favorite of moms with an almost cult following. If you go and download it right now, don’t blame me if you find yourself addicted to it. You’ve been warned! It will bring back memories of the hand drawn version you used to play when you were a child.
What’s your favorite game? We’d love to know.