Knittens: My Match 3 Bliss
I am addicted to Knittens. Why? Because I get to dress kittens up in ridiculous costumes! The Match 3 puzzles are pretty. And… because the game is part of my Netflix subscription, there are no ads. I’ve played several match 3 games and Knittens satisfies my craving for silly time-wasting without trying to upsell me. When I am not in the headspace for a fully immersive game, I get unlimited play, giggles, and creativity!
I get to craft wardrobe items for kittens. Using a huge selection of earned yarn, I can make sweaters, hats, jackets, skirts, scarves, and even leg warmers. Together with the clothing that I have crafted and the prize items that I have won, I create ridiculous ensembles for my kitten, Princess Z.
The Match 3 puzzles are pretty I’m particularly fond of the gem puzzles because of the reflectivity and transparency of the gems, as well as the sparkle animation when a gem mini puzzle is completed. Each of the elements in the puzzles is rendered in beautiful 3D shade and shadow in a vibrant color palette. Above each level, Princess Z in their current costume, oversees the game play. Princess Z gets very animated when their food dish is filled with fish crackers.
Fashion themed user interface dashboards You can go back and play any level again, and… you can re-knit any item if you have a new color scheme in mind.
Kitten Fashion Shows Every weekend there is a themed fashion show competition. I create my kitten’s ensemble, submit it, and vote on other player’s submissions. On Monday the votes are tabulated, and prizes are distributed.
My usual game blog math is story + mechanic = emotional player experience. But with Knittens there is very little story, except what event I imagine Princess Z is attending in these outlandish outfits. My emotional attachment to this game comes from its silliness, crafting opportunities, visual imagery, and moderately challenging puzzles.
And… have I mentioned that I love it because the game is part of my Netflix subscription, there are no ads? That definitely helps to make a my player emotional experience pleasant.