This time of the year, everyone is working extra hard, often for long stretches at a time. But it’s not productive to sit and study for long periods of time without taking breaks.
My latest way to take a short break is the game “Little Things Forever,” by developer Klicktock. I play it on the iPhone and iPad, but it’s available on Android devices as well.
Little Things Forever is not a fast-paced action game. It’s a slow, satisying, almost Zen puzzle game that is guaranteed to take your mind off your studies while you’re playing it.
Each level in the game presents you with a picture of an animal or object, which in turn is made up of hundreds of tiny little things. You’re given a list of objects to find among the mosaic of objects.
The mechanics of the game are simple: You can pinch to zoom in or out, use your finger to pan around the screen, and then just touch the picture of each object as you locate it. The object will start to sparkle and it will be removed from your list. If you tap on a wrong object, an “X” appears to let you know you made a mistake.
There’s no time limit, but if you find all of the objects on a list fast enough, you get a “Puzzle Piece”. The puzzle pieces themselves are also made up of “little things”. When you get enough of them, you fit them together to unlock additional shapes in the game.
Every time you find on object on your list feels like an accomplishment. Finishing a list feels like an accomplishment. Getting a puzzle piece feels like an accomplishment. And fitting a set of puzzle pieces together to unlock a new shape is the most satisfying of all. And then the cycle begins again.
The game is beautiful, colorful, and bright, and it has a soothing soundtrack. It’s good for all ages, but don’t go thinking that means it’s too easy. It’s challenging and even more fun than it sounds, but it’s very addictive. Give it a try and be sure to let us know what you think. I have it installed on our Nexus 7 down in the Vitale Digital Media Lab if you’d like to come and try it out.
Just remember to put it down at some point and get back to work.
Be sure to check out some of our other study break suggestions while you’re at it.