Tech Talk: A Game I Don't Want to Stop Playing


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I am a grown woman. I’m able to stop playing most games any time I want to. And yet, when it comes to the Wooden Block Puzzle app I downloaded last month, that is not the case.

Remember Tetris? Yeah, me too. This game has the same premise — fit the pieces together, complete a column or a row and it disappears, creating space to start all over again. In this game, though, the pieces don’t drop. Rather, three pieces appear at a time and your task is to fit them together as strategically as possible. The game ends when there is no space left for one (or more) of the pieces that appear.

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There’s a certain amount of logic and skill involved, but also a fair amount of chance. Players can develop a strategy for fitting the pieces together adeptly, but the combination of pieces and the order in which they appear varies with each game, making it possible to be really good at building only to get stymied when three large or awkward pieces appear in the same turn and there is no place to put them.

The game offers a tutorial — in fact, the offer pops up multiple times — but I found it more fun to work it out myself. Then again, maybe I’d get a higher score if I watched the tutorial.

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The app is free and highly addictive (that’s not just my opinion, but also the opinion of many of the players who posted on the app’s site). “Free” is relative, however; after each game (whether you score 50 points or 500) an ad appears before you can load the next game.

Take my advice. Use the ads as an escape. Otherwise, you might be there all night trying to beat your high score.

The Wooden Block Puzzle game is available only for iOS devices.

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Copyright 2018 Lisa Hess


About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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