The Moron Test app was one of the few apps that I have purchased and downloaded after reading positive reviews about them here on Dooyoo and Ciao. In this case, thank you xx_nic_xx for recommending this app as I have had many a pleasant hour playing on it. The great thing about iPhone apps being so cheap is that if you buy one and then end up not being particularly keen on it, you've only wasted a pound or so, whereas if you bought a physical video game and were unimpressed then that's a lot more money gone down the drain.
It was with that logic that I happily parted with my 59p and downloaded The Moron Test a few months ago. Filled with the knowledge (or at least the belief) that I am fairly intelligent, I was interested to see whether this test would confirm that I am a little genius or tell me that I've been a bit cocky and am in fact, a bit of a moron. Either way I hoped that this game would be an entertaining little time waster and would be the perfect thing to play when I had a few minutes to kill while out and about.
The format of this game is an interesting yet delightfully simple one. There are currently four different sections or tests (though there were only three when I first downloaded this app), each one being slightly more difficult than the last. Each test consists of following the onscreen instructions in order to progress through the section and hopefully prove that you are not a moron. Many of the instructions, however, have been designed to try to confuse you and so you really have to pay attention to avoid making a mistake and being sent back to the beginning again. Tasks include having to click on ducks in order of size or buttons in a certain order, though every time you tap the screen said icons can jump around a bit and make you forget exactly what you're doing or cause you to click the wrong thing in your haste. Every minute or so there is a checkpoint screen which you will be returned to if you should you make a mistake, though make enough errors and you'll be kicked back all the way to the start of the section. Every puzzle is solved the same way the each time you go through the section so it gets easier to progress once you have tried the game a few times, it can be very difficult to complete a section as there are sum puzzles that are pretty tricky to get right even with a few attempts. Once you have completed a section, however, your best time is recorded on the menu screen so that you can try to beat your score if you so wish.
This game has been very well designed in terms of both gameplay and appearance. The whole app has a school styled theme, with the background of each level resembling a dark sheet of lined paper and the opening screen of each level has its title written on an old school blackboard. The section names are also school themed but very clearly American (as the terms 'Late Registration' and 'Winter Break' aren't ones that we're particularly familiar with on this side of the pond) and I find this to be a simple idea which works well.
The format of the tests, however, is absolutely nothing like school exams and they are a lot of fun despite being quite difficult to master. I have completed the first three of the four sections and this has taken me quite a while to achieve due to the confusing nature of some of the tasks. A lot of the things you have to do have clearly had a lot of thought put into them and quite clever, such as having to type in the number 0.7734 into a calculator and then 'saying hello' before you can continue (see if you can work that one out!). The way the tests are set out means that, although it's often difficult to progress, the games don't really get boring and if you're feeling frustrated about being unable to complete one section, you can always just try the next one instead.
The simple animation in this game is also something that I'd like to applaud. The cute cartoon animals which often feature are well drawn while still being basic and definitely add a more playful feel to the app. The game in general is very attractive and would appeal to children as well as being suitable and not too cutesy for adults to want to use.
Flying Colours is an extra game separate to the main Moron Test app that became available with the last update. This extra section costs an additional 59p but can only be accessed through the Moron Test app and so isn't really a standalone game at all despite costing extra. I purchased this 'Extra Credit' section as I hoped that it would add a lot more to this app, though while I quite enjoy it I don't really think it is worth paying an extra 59p for. It consists of three options: speed, memory and reflex, which are little tests designed to test each one of these aptitudes. They look quite a lot like some of the tasks in the main app but only involve following instructions and pressing certain buttons. 'Speed' involves pressing as many buttons as possible in the time limit, 'Memory' involves memorising the order in which you must press buttons and 'Reflex' really makes you think by telling you to press certain coloured buttons but in a confusing way. You can see your top score for each clearly on the Flying Colours page.
While I would say that these games were a nice little addition to the Moron Test app, I don't really think that they were worth paying for and would have been much happier if they were free. 59p is a very small amount of money, though, so I'm not going to get upset about it, but since new sections are made available via free updates from the App store and these sections are more interesting than Flying Colours, I wish I hadn't really bothered.
==Overall Opinion and Recommendation==
All in all I have to say that I really enjoy Moron Test and keep coming back to it when I find myself with a few minutes to spare. It does feel like it would be good for your brain and cognitive skills as it often requires a lot of quick thinking as well as memory, and although I have never played Brain Training for the DS I imagine that they are quite similar in terms of what they make your brain do. This app, however, is a bargain compared to DS games at costing less than £1, which I would say is a very cheap price for such a great game.
I wholeheartedly recommend Moron Test to anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch (if it's available for it) and think that men, women and children would all enjoy it at least to some extent. I was a bit disappointed with how little you got for your money with the Flying Colours extra, but since it's an addition to the app rather than essential I won't let this affect my rating of the app. As with many apps the price is so cheap for what is a very entertaining game and I would say that it's definitely one to try.
Are you a moron? I don't mean to be rude but this is the premise of the ingenious Moron Test which aims to establish whether you're a Carol Vorderman/Stephen Hawking or a Vicky Pollard that doesn't know the difference between a 'B' and a 'Bee'. That's right ladies and gents, I'm here to talk to you about something which you weren't interested in the first place but once I'm done I'm hoping you'll have a vested interest in... The Moron Test.
The Moron Test is one in a long line of iPhone apps that set about challenging your intellectual ability. The app is available from the app store for only 59p and will work only on the iPhone (sorry iPod Touch users). The app requires 5.2mb of memory (so nothing that a song won't normally require).
The Moron Test is essentially a bunch of easy 'trick' questions arranged to test your common sense. You may think that this app is beneath and you'd complete it in one go, but believe me it is not that simple. The app has been a huge success in the 'app charts', charting at number one for several weeks.
The test comprises of three parts: 'Old School', 'Late Registration' and 'Winter Break'. The application has a very childish and simple feel to it (which I'm sure speaks volumes about me!), but this simplicity bodes well for it, making the test seem simple and unpretentious which is what I was expecting from this app. The app comes with extremely simple background music that grates on my nerves like no other. Fortunately there is the option to turn off the background music and just keep the sound effects on. Sound effect wise, it's a good idea to have these turned on as when you're told to press a button a number of times, it can become hard to keep track of what you're up to, especially when the button continues to change colour and move around the screen. The sound effects are all very simple sounds, throughout the game you'll be faced with ducks, buttons, horses, frogs and all sorts of other weird and wonderful objects/creatures so you can imagine the sort of sound effects you have. They're all very fitting with the game and don't create a distraction or become annoying though which is a bonus.
Beginning on the Old School level would be the smartest as, not only is it first in the list but it's also the simplest. The level takes you through extremely simple questions, for example - 1, 5 & 3 will flash up on the screen, the next screen will be a series of numbers asking you what the previous sum equates to. Of course the answer is 9 but if you get the answer wrong you'll go back to the last checkpoint. As you work your way through the different stages you'll make it to different checkpoints, there are around 3 in each stage. When you reach each checkpoint you'll be given words of encouragement like 'you're not a complete idiot', or 'so you actually have a pulse' and you work your way through them all to become a genius at the end. Simple right? Well no actually it's not. These trick questions can get very difficult at times and it can be very frustrating to know that such a simple test has become so difficult for you. I'm not going to sugar coat it, it took me a considerable number of tries before even completing the first level but you feel an immense sense of achievement once you have completed it. Ok, so maybe that's an overstatement but I was impressed with myself (simple minds eh?) and once you've completed a level you have the option of bragging to your friends about it via your Facebook account. Completing a level isn't the only thing to brag about, as when you progress through each level you're timed. Therefore if you think you have an impressive time you can post your time on Facebook. The problem is, there is no way of looking at a leader board (yours or your Facebook friends), therefore it's almost impossible to determine a winner.
In game play terms (if you can call it that), the game really excels. The touch screen works wonders with this app, although you do need to be careful what you touch if there are objects that are squashed in together somewhat. The game is very responsive though and it will monitor the gentlest of touches, which again means that you have to be very careful what you press and where you press it. You have a total of 3 lifelines on each level, meaning that if you reach a checkpoint and then make a mistake you have the option to either start again from scratch or go back to the checkpoint, until you've used all your lifelines.
When playing the game, your iPhone will change into a landscape view, giving you more control over what you press as it means you're able to use two hands instead of one. The graphics are all very simple, but they suit the game down to the ground and I have no qualms with the clarity whatsoever as everything (including text) is all very clear.
The game is fun to play in short spurts, however, it's not one that I find myself playing on a regular basis for prolonged periods of times as it can become very frustrating. The game also suffers with a very limited lifespan, as once you've completed all three levels there's nothing left for you to do. You could try beating your times, but as there are no leader boards I really feel no inclination to waste my time. There are numerous apps with a similar premise as this one, 'Donkey' being a prime example, but The Moron Test is my app of choice when it comes to trick questions and proving that I am infact a moron! The game is a lot of fun to work through and it's great to test your friends and family too, to see how far they get, but as I said, when you've completed it, it becomes a bit of a black sheep as there's nothing else to do with it. Hopefully future updates will capitalise on this problem.
Don't think you're a moron? Prove it!