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July 2015


What you dont know about the games we play since young

July 13, 2015

Gone are the games of yester-years where Nokia was our iphone, Blackberry was our ipad and our bulky computers with ADSL dial-ups were the most expensive “intelligent” item we had. Google wasnt avaliable at that time and all we had were and to answer our question besides the teacher. Any addition time we had after school were spent doing homework and playing games with our friends.

Here are some of the common games played during our past-time and what it will eventually hone a skill/habit would be inherent for being a human.

1) Snakes


Remember the heart-stopping, pulse racing action of the snake? Especially when there is a special prize that is set on timer count down and it is the only way to boost your high score without growing the snake out of proportion? It is especially heart wrenching when we pass the stage to loop back at the edge of the screen and it comes all the way back from the other side. Sometimes you might even crash at the edge of the screen and die(depending on which version you are playing).

Lessons learnt: Ability to learn from mistakes. -Next time we will know after how many normal “meals” the snake had before the bonus will come and we will gear up for it! Also, never over or under estimate yourself as a snake and go all over the place on the screen and then BOOM! the food appears in between the gaps you left unoccupied. Its a small set-back in the game when you are a tiny snake but when you get much longer, it might cost your snake’s life.


2) Bounce


Ahhh bounce! One of the games available when nokia came out with colour phones such as 3100, 3120 …. The ball bounces up with a down button and you are supposed to avoid all these spikes and collect the rings/diamonds.

Lesson learnt: Willingness to make mistakes, Dare to try. – You ought to make a few mistakes before figuring out the rhythm of the spikes or the number of down button presses to bounce the call to a desired height.

3) Space Impact


Space impact is one of the most famous handphone games around. The pixelated 16-bit spaceship and enemies that wont stop coming your way? Give it to me all day! Theres a special correlation between shooting games & destroying aliens that makes it so successful. Simple storyline coupled with simple keys to play. Whats not to like?

Lesson learnt: Strike while the iron is hot – Shooting through the air when the boss has not even arrived? Check. Killing the boss before he moves closer to you the next time again? Check.

4) Bubble Burst


Blue, Red, Green and Cyan. Shoot’ em before the “ceiling” drops. I am sure its a norm to encounter “AGHH” moments when the aim is deflected about 5 degrees and ouch. You missed the shot to clear the big group of colours which will eventually block the subsequent colours behind it. Now i have to risk it or start all over again. Bummer.

Lesson learnt: With no aim, you will get no where – Oh how true is this. No goals, aspiration ot ambition will make you a lost soul. Be it a small goal for maybe the simple person or the big goals for the gigantic dream chaser. Every little bit of light which will help you to built your tarmac road counts.

5) 5 stones


Level one: Throw one stone in the air then pick up 4 on the floor and catch that air-bound one. Easy peasy huh.

Lets see how are you going to throw 2,3,4 in the air and still mange to catch all of them in one hand. Heh heh heh.

Lesson learnt: No short cuts in life, practice makes perfect – Without going through level one, how are you going to level 2? Many seemed to only want the  results in life and want to cut short their road to the location. Some might be successful, but how many of the rest will be? If you have the manual to success via the short cut, call Tuition Oppa and tell us maybe? 😛

6) Hopscotch


I dont know if guys play this, but i come from a girl school and i do. First, take out our wallet and place it on the rectangle with no. 1 on it. Go jump on it following the numerics and NO TOUCHING OF LINE OF THE BOXES! Eventually, maybe boxes 4 & 5 might be filled with wallets so you have to hop from box 3 to 6. Beware of your shaky legs!

Lesson learnt: Its easier to stand on your own two feet. Independence. – Try jumping on your stronger leg from 3 to 6, take your wallet from 8 hop, turn then hop to 3 again. Oh well, you get the gist. Unless you are a bunny, i dont think you enjoy hoping around on one leg . Not only is it energy sapping , you wont know when you might fall when a strong gust of wind blows. Standing on your own two feet is the best.

7) String Games


I bet you dint know players from this finger games or what you call it comes from the indigenous Australians to the Inuit in the Arctic to the Zulu in southern Africa. Maybe you know about the basic shapes like chopstick (Hint: its the one in the first pic, bottom left), star or the toilet bowl? Not only is this game a pass time in primary schools(lower sec) but it is also:

  • A great development tool for a few key cognitive areas that are crucial for your child’s intelligence quotient: patterns and relations, geometry, spatial awareness and problem solving.

Lesson learnt: Thinking on your feet. – What if theres a puzzle you cant solve? or a pattern so puzzling that you have never seen before? Are you going to hit the stop button and proclaimed you have lost? Or try to work with what you have? Will life be easier if it follows a linear line to exactly what you have planned? Yes. But will the odds be always in your favour?


8) Old Maid


There are no rules here. Similiar to happy family, the card game, when any 2 player put down a card with the same picture on it, SCREAM OLD MAID!

Lesson learnt: Discernment. – Know who are the players and shout louder than them. Just kidding.

9) Monopoly Board Game


Had experience of any players who makes a bad banker and steal some money when you are not looking around? Or a good guy grey who lends everybody his jail free card when anyone is thrown in jail? Or simply any person who always want to aim for the dark blue title deed (Mayfair & Broadwalk) to be the richest in the entire game. I always thought the main objective is to out win others by bankrupting them but it is actually like what the name says, to be a monopoly in the whole game. Make all the property yours and make sure you dominate till everyone has to pay you. Sounds like Apple?

Ever wondered how the properties look like in real life? Click here for real life monopoly properties.

Lesson learnt: Own properties and live like kings. I am …. not kidding. That is the moral of the game. I think.

10) Snakes & Ladders


The most common sense of all games. No brains needed. Just a dice, counters and abit of luck.

Lesson learnt: Life has its ups and down. – When you are down, dont worry, you might be on a roll the next time and climb the highest ladder up!

Thats all for this post! Have you have enjoyed it!

Do you have any games that you have played when you were growing up? Tell me what is it and what do you think looking back and in retrospective you have learnt from it? Comment and share below!

With love,

Tuition Oppa number 1