Some are good, and some are ugly. Here are some quick reviews for an application that asks you to save seafarers, one that questions whether you learned anything in high school, and one that simply asks you to do nothing.
Don't Press the Red Button
Depending on how fast you go through iPhone applications you may find that you get the use out of some free iPhone applications quickly, moving on shortly thereafter. This is fine for people that like to sync up and search for the latest and greatest in the free iPhone application world, but for those who have less time on their hands this does not seem to make much sense. This is exactly the logic inside Do Not Press The Red Button, which is a free iPhone application that simply tells you, well, not to press a red button. You are given a large red button that you are not to press. If you do then Do Not Press The Red Button will again warn you to, well, you get the idea. If you keep pressing it you will get a series of insults thrown your way, like "You see, this is why we can't be friends." After a while the red button will become many red buttons, prompting you to hit several of them. This is amusing for a couple of minutes, but then you just want your free iPhone space back. Two out of five stars.
Some iPhone games, especially free ones or those with moderate price tags, seem to take the most absurd concept imaginable as their starting place. This does not happen as often with pricey iPhone games as no one will likely want to shoot pigs or identify hidden elves for ten dollars. Titanic Rescue brings you back to the days of high seas luxury, or at least the part where it begins to sink. Here you will fling passengers into rescue boats below. This requires you to flick at them in their windows and hope that you can do it with enough calculated force to make it into one of the life boats waiting for them. Along with this are small obstacles such as fire, little power ups, and some fun hidden characters. There is not much to Titanic Rescue over all, but that can be alright for some free iPhone games. What Titanic Rescue does it does relatively well, even if it is not going to hit the top of the line. Titanic Rescue is part of the new trend that masks simple puzzle games as adventure titles due to their interface, but as long as you enter into it with the right expectations you should be able to fight off drowning Three and a half out of five stars.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader was a TV show whose success came from its ability to combine the humiliation of reality TV with the annoying addictive elements of game shows. Here "average Joes" would go up against ten year olds on topics like elementary math and American history. Seeing as most people have not thought about the month by month time frame for the Civil War since they were forced to learn it in grammar school classrooms many people end up walking away empty handed, cursing their public school education. That delightful experience has been ported to the iPhone with the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader iPhone game. Here the game works about the same as it does on the television, except you have to make the choices via the touch screen. This design is actually much harder than it seems, and most people did not realize exactly how strangely constructed Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader really was. You have the option to select a student at the beginning, which is marked by colorful little cartoon faces. You then select categories on which to compete. In here you will have the option to just answer the question, or utilize your ten year old partner in a few ways. This is all mildly amusing, and the questions are a little difficult at times. The real question here is if it is worth $1.99? Actually, it just may be. Capcom Interactive has done a relatively good job with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, especially when you would expect that it would simply be an advertisement of the show void of any real gaming depth. You should absolutely try Are Your Smarter Than a 5th Grader Lite first, but you may find that its up your alley. Too bad there's no Jeff Foxworthy to make you feel better about yourself when you realize you don't remember long division. Four out of five stars.