Quitting Merge Dragons and addictive smartphone games

Karen Liu
Karen Liu
Apr 29, 2018 · 9 min read

What’s happening here?

1. Sensory stimulation

Source: http://www.mergedragons.com/

2. Candy Crush game mechanic

Source: http://www.mergedragons.com/

3. Variable rewards at the end of each level

4. Time-based variable rewards

Source: http://mergedragons.wikia.com/wiki/Daily_Treasure_Chest

5. Camp level with variable rewards

6. Merge chains

Source: http://www.mergedragons.com/

So I was addicted…but then I stopped?

1. The biggest and best X was just okay

2. No more mystery

3. Predictability

Designers need to stop designing phone game addictions

Karen Liu

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Karen Liu

Senior Product Designer @ Brave by day. Maker by night. Open to collaborating on blockchain 🌟 and life sciences projects. 🌿

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