An Evil Influence

That would be #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian. She called and said she had this addictive phone game she was playing.

ME: Yeah, yeah. I don’t need another addictive game.

SARA: You have this koi pond, and they swim around and you guide them to eat insects. But don’t let them swim into the pink leaves, because that slows them down.

ME: *thinks: sounds boring*

SARA: It sounds boring, but it’s relaxing AND fun! After they eat enough of a combination of insects, they level up, and you can expand the pond and they get different insects to eat.

ME: huh

SARA: And other koi appear and the two koi get a circle around them, and if they stay in the circle long enough, they have an egg and it hatches into another koi! All different patterns of them!

ME: I like koi.

SARA: After they level up far enough, they turn into dragons!

ME: I’m in.

So now I’m SO addicted! I don’t think it’ll replace Minecraft any time soon, but, yes, it’s addictive. #4 Daughter is right: it’s calming and exciting at the same time.

Oh, the name? Zen Koi. Get it from your friendly neighborhood smartphone app store. That is all.

I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about shoots. Sounds about right.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about ornamental fish.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “An Evil Influence

  1. Dan Antion

    August 23, 2016 at 7:40am

    Given that I am one step away from being addicted to a 9-Ball pool game, I dare not go here.

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      Marian Allen

      August 23, 2016 at 7:41am

      Pool? Did you say pool? *gets out her phone and goes to the app store*

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  2. Jane

    August 23, 2016 at 8:20am

    Yes, I clicked on the Go Panda link! (see Fatal Foodies)
    And puhleese don’t make me get the koi pond thingy!!

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      Marian Allen

      August 23, 2016 at 8:37am

      Panda! Go Panda! is seriously weird. OMG I love it! No, do NOT get the koi pond thingy! We would be spending our lunches playing it and be like, “I leveled up!” “Look at my new baby one!” “He’s supposed to eat THAT? But it’s so PRETTY!” Nonononono!

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  3. Joey

    August 23, 2016 at 10:51am

    OH MY.
    I am a sucker for addictive games, so I shall abstain. But your koi are gorgeous.

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  4. A.C.Flory

    August 23, 2016 at 6:16pm

    Oh dear… 😀 I’m not at all interested, not even the slightest little bit…but it does kind of remind me of that evil game Tamaguchi way back when? I remember it used to be for kids but… Yes, not at all interested!

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