New Thing #25: Fibble

This post could have easily been "Going To Starbucks And Ordering Something Other Than What I Usually Do". I kind of thought that's what it was going to be when I walked into Starbucks.

See, I'm a Dunkin' Donuts guy. And if I go to Starbucks, it's usually to get a Grande Cafe Mocha and then get the heck out of there. (Maybe an iced one. Or a frappuccino in the spring or summer.)

But I stopped for a pick-me-up drink on Thursday and last-minute the words "Caramel Macchiato" came out of my mouth.

I thought I'd try it as a "New Thing", but I know I've had one of those before (maybe my wife ordered it for me), and I didn't feel good about it.

Then I saw that instead of a free music iTunes pick of the week, they had an "App" pick of the week at the counter.

And we had "New Thing #25".

FibbleIt's called "Fibble". (Well, "Fibble HD", but I don't know if the high-def makes a difference.)

It's a $0.99 App, and I got it for free (thanks, Starbucks...and I do feel that if I'm spending $4.45 for a coffee I'm grabbing whatever free stuff is being offered).

Its card bills it as "A visually breathtaking puzzler". I'm not so sure about that. Maybe, as my 6-year-old daughter said, "It's like 'Angry Birds' just with aliens instead of birds." That's more accurate.

The puzzle aspect is coming through the further into the game I get, though - you do have to strategize and each level is progressively harder than the last.

My video game days are far behind me. My friend Kevin, I think, introduced many of my friends - my wife and I at least - to 'Angry Birds'. I feel kind of old admitting what struck me the most about the game, but I was surprised that you can lose lives and pick up right where you left off. And then without saving anything you can stop playing and then pick up where you left off the next time you play. I guess I was just used to always needing to save your progress on video games, like when I was growing up. All of these app games seem to be the same - you can just come and go as you please.

What I haven't liked about Fibble so far is that every time I open it (twice, that is) it goes through the iTunes GameCenter, which I haven't really been interested in signing up for. I am able to play bypassing all that though. What I like is that it's fun to pass a few minutes, but it's not terribly addicting. The last thing I need right now is an addictive video game. I get a kick out of how my daughters like watching the game.

I usually come late to these game trends, like with 'Angry Birds'. I don't know that Fibble is going to become as trendy and popular as 'Angry Birds'. But I kind of like that I discovered something on my own (OK, assist to Starbucks) while it's relatively new.