Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day, 4/20/2011: The Moron Test

Amazon.com has promised a free app every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is The Moron Test.

The Moron Test is $0.99 in the Android Market, and normally is priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore (as noted previously, the two marketplaces sometimes have differing prices).

Although named The Moron Test, the questions are hardly moronic. As you continue playing it, you will reach questions that will make you think. Many comments say simply that they (players) wish for more levels. It is described as follows:
You know you're not a moron. So it should be an easy matter to get through something called The Moron Test, shouldn't it? That's one of the things that make this maddening, addictive game one of the most popular apps in the mobile universe: the implied challenge to anyone with a shred of self-respect.

Simple Questions
The questions are simple, deceptively so. They're so simple, you might not pay that much attention to them--and there's where you get into trouble. The key to acing The Moron Test is to read the questions carefully, and follow the directions precisely. If you don't, expect to hear an embarrassing buzzer and to be thrown back to a section start or a checkpoint, again and again and again.

The Test currently has four sections: Old School, Late Registration, Winter Break, and Food Fight. There are more than 100 steps in each section. Players who successfully answer the questions and follow the directions by touching, twisting, and shaking their phone work their way up through seven levels of intelligence, from Moron to Genius.

Unforgettable Characters and Sounds
As they work their way through the sections, players get to know a host of friendly, entertaining characters with amusing personalities: ducks, giraffes, monkeys, penguins (in Winter Break, of course), turtles, and more. They're fun to watch and fun to listen to as well. Ducks quack, frogs croak, giraffes snort and whinny, eggs crack, and turtles hide in their shells and scream.

In the background throughout the test is a whimsical little tune, the kind you can't get out of your head once you hear it. Generally speaking, you'll want to pay attention to the soundtrack. The developers have made a point of inserting secret sounds to enhance your playing experience--and perhaps to distract you from those instructions you're supposed to be following so closely.

Share the Experience
The Moron Test comes with a quick connection to Facebook, and an easy link to enable connection to Feint, the social gaming network. With a free Feint account, your scores will be posted and you can compare notes with other players, earn rewards, and discover new games.

Once you're through the game, you have a chance for some real fun. Put it in the hands of your friends, coworkers, and family members, and watch them try to get through it.
The Moron Test has a 4.5 star rating in the Android Market. In the nascent Amazon Appstore, it has 3.5-star rating.

The Amazon Appstore requires sideloading, which means that for now AT&T devices can't use it. As we noted before, however, there is a way to at least "reserve" these free apps for installation later, when AT&T corrects the issue, as it has promised.

Amazon opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic.



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