Supercell’s Hay Day – Not a Mobile Gaming Addiction, but an OCD one

Now I’m not sure if you know this, but I love packing. Packing, organising, rearranging, cleaning, moving bits and bobs around and around; basically anything that falls into the ‘making something neat’ category is the shortcake to my jam. The Calvin to my Hobbes. The Adagio to my Secret Garden.

Call me OCD if you will, but I much rather prefer the term ‘easily bored’.

Being a writer-slash-designer in my particular vocation is a blissful reprieve, simply because I’m constantly exposed to a wide variety of material to edit, rearrange, vet and design. Each powerpoint template a different creative, each proposal hinting at a separate agenda and layout. No two copies are the same, and neither are my solutions to the problems they pose.

However, it’s the rhythmic things that keep me on edge. It could be anything – my boring phone screen and its plaid layouts, the same ole’ arrangement of furniture in my room – how the bed always faces the same wall and at nothing else, the same angle I flick my eyeliner every morning, the colour of my nails, or the way my pens dutifully lean against one another on my desk – in the same lazy criss-cross manner.

It’s infuriating, yet there’s no right way to describe it – The supreme irritation and restlessness I feel when things are the same way for too long a time, the way change is never constant and the flooded feelings of halted creativity whenever things are stagnant for more than a couple of days.

Between the scratches on the parquet due to my constant rearranging of the furniture in my room, and the amount of space I’ve been hogging in my Samsung S8+ with the downloadable themes (One of the things I love most about my Samsung), comes yet another problem, its 5th year anniversary coming up soon.

Supercell’s Hay Day.

Its number one biggest selling point (at least to me), is the fact that you’d never need to spend a single cent to play the game. You could farm, rear and milk to your heart’s delight, without ever needing to purchase a single diamond, chest of treasure or booster pack to aid in your gameplay. Of course, these help, but aren’t necessary. This is pretty much the only reason why Hay Day’s been a sustainable download on my Androids in the past half-a-decade.

Additionally, it satisfies even the most finicky and fidgety of the lot – myself included – with its ability to give players autonomy over the cell-by-cell design and rearrangement of one’s farm – from each plot of land, brick arrangement, hen pen placement and candle machine adjustment. I’ve been through at least four farm re-hauls, redesigning my farm – each increasingly neater and structured than the last.

My second re-organisation: Incredibly neat and ridiculously aligned.
My super straight rows of machinery. 
Look. At. Those. Rows.

A good reprieve for your scratched up parquet floors, in my opinion.

To further illustrate my OCD obsession with the game, just take a look at this article that I published in 2016 when I was in school and taking my Degree:

The typical school holiday blues always do my boredom in.

There I was, with 2 months to spare during the September holidays and absolutely itching for something to do. Sure, I had the freelance writing gig, but how much could you really write in a day? I definitely didn’t miss my friends, mainly because I didn’t have any.

Most of all, I missed school (what a nerd!). I longed for the running around and being that journalism student who was about to miss her off-stone and had to do last-minute sprints to the newsroom, or was always caught in the middle of a heated debate with the printing lady for a 10% discount on this assignment’s worth of glossy magazine prints.

With a ton of time in one hand and your trusty Galaxy S7 in the other, jumping onto the Hay Day bandwagon – one of the hottest games on the Android market – wasn’t exactly a surprise.

Hay Day is the absolute devil – Seductive and incredibly addictive, it gave me as much of a rush as my daily latte did. What with alerts such as “Your milk is ready!” (moving on), “Bacon is ready to be collected!” and updates like “Your farm animals miss you!”, it was a relationship doomed from the start. Disabling the game’s notifications did nothing, because I eventually switched them back on to continue receiving regular updates on the progress of my cows and if my pigs were rearing well.

And look, Supercell’s even got them themed according to the different holidays. Talk about dedication:

For the month of October, I mainly logged into Hay Day for the spooky introductory jingle.

Christmas Time: Singing along to the Snowy Jingle is always worth the funny stares from random passers-by.

Hay Day and I will be celebrating our 2-year anniversary at the end of the month, and I’m happy to report that the amount of time that I’ve since invested in our relationship was not for naught. Au contraire, good people, they’ve bought me nothing but procrastination and OCD satisfaction. 

Note: It’s currently 1.34am and the author is still on Hay Day. Shh.
Originally published on May 26, 2016.