Back to School: Crazy Daisy is Loads of Fun

Crazy Daisy ($0.99) is one of my favorite iTunes games. I’ve been playing this specific game since the Palm days — and it was just as fun back then. I remember raking up over 300,000 points back in the day, which really was such a huge feat, and while I haven’t hit it on the iPhone just yet, I aspire to do that today.

In Crazy Daisy, you need to rotate the flowers to align adjacent flower petals of the same colors. When you do this, they disappear. When you clear an entire flower’s petals, the entire flower regenerates and you start again. Eventually, you’ll level up enough that you’ll see flower petals of different color — orange, blue, and more. And you’ll need to do this before time runs out, a feat more difficult than it seems. When I first started playing, I barely leveled up at all.

Points are also awarded when you perform special combos, like a Daisy Chain and Flower Power, which occur when you align adjacent colors of more than two flowers. And just a tip to play longer: clear the flowers first; don’t always aim for point bonuses. You’ll prevent the timer from running out only after you actually clear an entire flower. Point bonuses can be had later; there are endless opportunities for that in the earlier points of the game (though it gets much more difficult as the flower petals start sprouting new colors!).

I’ve always liked this game, and I’m really glad I have it for the iPod touch. The only thing I’d point out that I prefer is a little more smoother graphic play (the flowers’ edges seem a little pixelated) especially on an Apple device. But that doesn’t really sacrifice game-play at all. It’s a fantastic addictive game, and if you give it a try, I bet you’ll say the same.

Tamar Weinberg is a blogger and author of The New Community Rules (July 2009), a book on social media marketing and how to leverage existing communities for awareness and profit. She is also a new mom.