I’m taking a short break from the Fallout series in a bid to stave off wasteland fatigue. There is still quite a journey ahead and I really want to walk the entire distance.
While off Fallout, I’ve been reluctant to take up a full-blown game. You don’t run marathons by taking breaks long enough to win the World Cup. I’ve been helping Vanya out with some of the more frustrating (to her) battles in The Prince of Persia (the one that all the PoP fanboys hated) and climbing the library ladder of Bookworm on my iPod Touch.
I’ve come to realise that Bookworm — the classic original — is probably the embodiment of gaming on the go. Other games try to remain relevant by cutting the action into bite-sized chunks but none is more successful in this regard than Bookworm. It’s a game where nothing much happens most of the time. You just stare at the letters on the board and try to make out words, preferably long ones. Which means, that you can turn the game on, look at the board for 30 seconds, turn it off… and you will still have played it. Better still, you can play it even in distraction-rich environments, which is always a good thing when on the move.