I downloaded baby smash today after listening to the latest Startup Success Podcast. I tried it out on my laptop and I loved it. After playing it and getting really good at it (I got to, like, level 5 in under an hour) my wife made me let my 18 month old son use it. She mumbled something about him being more mature than I was too. (I didn’t hold a grudge against him though, he loved the program. Plus, I get to stay up later than he does, which is nice.)
But let’s get back to baby smash!
The thing about laptops is that there is a power button next to the keyboard. Predictably, my son was able to turn off the laptop within a minute of using babysmash. I can’t blame Scott for this though - there’s not much a developer can do about the location of the power button.
My son rarely gets to use daddy’s laptop - usually he can usurp the iMac that my wife uses. He can’t wait to try it again. I’ll install it on the desktop since I can’t figure out how to use Vista anyway. He can bang away on it all day.
I am going to bring in headphones to work tomorrow so I can play babysmash most of the day. I am getting really good at it! Besides, I think it is actually more productive than constantly hitting refresh on my browser and looking for questions to answer on stackoverflow…
By the way, I lied, I didn’t really get to level 5. But I hope to get there soon.
In all seriousness, if you have a baby at home and they seem drawn to your computer/keyboard, try this out. It’s great! And you just might get hooked on it too. Like me.
One side-benefit is that there is a lot less mess to clean up after. So, instead of picking up 21 puzzle pieces and a wooden tractor and various little farm animals and DVD boxes and trashed DVDs and crayons and my watch and some books and plastic spoons, all I have to do is power down the computer. It’s also free.
Thank you for sharing, Scott!
P.S. Please add multi-player mode to it so I can verse [sic] my son while I am at work.