Another chance with an old friend

May 27, 2016 – I love sharing good news!

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In January, I helped spread the word about a new game that would be available soon from jamandcandy.com, the new game team behind the old game site, Boxerjam.

Kissin Kuzzins’ is reminiscent of a particular word matching game that many fans missed terribly when it disappeared. The game rolled out in mid-May for mobile phones and tablets, and is available through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone and play every chance I get.

Ready for more good news? The jamandcandy team plans to roll out Kissin Kuzzins’ on Facebook in the near future, for those who’d rather play on a laptop or desktop.

As the tagline claims, “Playing Kissin Kuzzins’ is like catching up with an old friend.” Download it onto your mobile or tablet and strike up a match today!

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1000 on the Fifth

1000November 10, 2015 – It’s official. It took a little finagling to make this happen, but my 1000th blog post falls on the same day as my fifth anniversary with WordPress.

I started this journey on November 10, 2010 to give me something to focus while I was one of the 10 percent unemployed. Back then, on that chilly November morning, I clicked the publish button to go live, and entered the blogsphere with a personal goal to keep going as long as it was fun.

Over the past five years, I’ve also gathered about 950 followers – which still blows me away – and nearly 150,000 views with 5,000 comments. The most popular post, The Death of Boxerjam, from February 14, 2014, and the follow up, The Reincarnation of Boxerjam, from July 11, 2014, attracted about 150 of those comments, and even lead to a conversation with the owners and programmers of Boxerjam.com. The good news is that they have heard the cries of people who responded and are working hard to create a new series of games that will appeal to the same audience through venues on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Facebook, and the website jamandcandy.com.

With millions of blogs out there, I am amazed that you find me, but when you do and you join in the conversation, it makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you!

The unusual world of computer gaming

downloadSeptember 5, 2014 – Are you one of those computer gaming addicts?

It’s not something I share a history with, except for a little Super Mario Brothers on the old Nintendo 64 system when my son would let me play back in the early 90s. Years later I found the defunct and much missed “Boxerjam” platform online that I could lose a few hours to here and there.

Facebook opened a Pandora’s Box for the enthusiastic gamer, offering such gems as Farmville and Pet Rescue, although I fail to see the fun in building virtual farms and planting virtual crops. I suppose that’s why there is a choice of chocolate, vanilla, and bubblegum ice cream.

I also went through a short phase and played (free) online casino games on Facebook, but I quickly lost interest. My parents, however, continue to amuse themselves with those games, just as they do with actual casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The first Facebook game to hold my interest was Angry Birds. Then came Words with Friends, and as a Scrabble fan, it hooked me immediately. It’s the one game I continue to play today.

I was late to the Candy Crush Saga party, and didn’t stay very long before I began to get frustrated by chocolate lakes and sugar bombs that interfered with my play. I stopped at level 100 (out of almost 1,000) a few months ago after convincing myself that the game is truly evil.

My latest interest, Quiz Up, is an entertaining multiple choice question game that you can play with friends or strangers. I play it on my phone to keep me occupied when I am waiting in line, for example, or am sitting in a conference room waiting for the meeting to begin. I like Quiz Up because I enjoy trivia games (a family tradition after holiday dinners), it offers a variety of interesting categories (from The Beatles to U.S. Law), and you can finish a game in about two minutes.

Here is a list of the most popular Facebook apps/games as of March 2014, which sadly shows that Candy Crush continues to rule. Compare that list to the most popular iphone games as of July 2014, where there is nary a Candy Crush Saga in sight.

These types of games barely scratch the surface of the computer gaming world, so I still can’t refer to myself as a gamer, but I demand extra credit for remembering Pong, the first game to be played on your television. It consisted of two straight white lines that pushed a white dot back and forth on a black screen. We thought that was simply amazing.

The reincarnation of Boxerjam?

downloadJuly 11, 2014 – In February, I stumbled upon the sad news that my favorite online game site, Boxerjam, had shut down. I bewailed my disappointment on this blog and fellow fans reached out to share their stories with me. They would also miss the games they came to know and love, especially the site favorite, “Strike a Match”.

One reader who commented was on the team instrumental for bringing Boxerjam to life. Candisse Reynolds shared this news:

“The creators of the games on Boxerjam have started anew and are developing mobile application games for phones and tablets. We have just launched our first offering ‘Move Your Vowels’. It is available on both iTunes and Google Play. We also have a little game called ‘Piki Paka’ on our website.”

You can find the new website at http://www.jamandcandy.com.

Jam and Candy is a partnership between Julann Griffin, Maureen Roberts, and Candisse Reynolds. Their combined experience spans every aspect of media and entertainment. The three partners also made up the J-A-M in Boxerjam, and their new endeavor is cleverly named in a similar fashion keeping the Jam (the first initials of Julann and Maureen, I’m assuming), and adding the Candy (a shorted version of the name Candisse).

The look and feel of the site gives off a similar vibe of the old Boxerjam site, but the only game available on the site didn’t hold my interest, and I kept thinking there had to be more than blowing up a balloon without trying to pop it. “Move Your Vowels” looks like it could have potential, but my “older” eyes don’t allow me to enjoy games on my iphone; I’d rather play on the website. With more games promised soon, I’ll check back on occasion to see what turns up. This talented team struck gold before with Boxerjam, so I believe they can do it again.

Another reader recently commented that it looks like “Strike a Match” is on its way back. I couldn’t find confirmation of this, and fear they may have found an old site with outdated information. Although, we can hope that Jam and Candy can replicate it.

Check out their new site and let me know what you think.