Freaky Friday – Weight On The Moon

Freaky Friday – Weight On The Moon

Aug 12, 2011

This week’s Freaky Friday app hovers around the fringes of actually being pretty interesting. It skirts the border of “huh?” and “ooh!”, never quite managing to build an effective base in either of those two areas. On the one hand, it’s incredibly pointless. It’s also about space, and space is cool.

The app in question is Weight On The Moon, and it does precisely what it says on the digital tin. It tells you what your weight would be on the moon. Not just that, it also tells you what your weight would be on the seven other planets in the solar system, as well as Pluto, which isn’t a planet any more, and the sun. Which is the sun.

You type your “earth weight” into the app and it produces a number in a flash to let you know what you’d weigh on the heavenly body of your choosing. The problem is, it doesn’t tell you what unit of measurement it’s using. Pounds and stone, kilos and grammes, knives and forks? The app’s also a bit of an uggo, although by the standards usually set by entrants to the Freaky Friday hall of shame, it’s the Mona Lisa.

With a bit of spit and polish, Weight On The Moon would be a pretty nice app. Certainly not one you’d be ashamed to whip out and wave in front of your friends at those high class dinner parties you almost certainly never get invited to.

The problem is, you’d only whip it out once. “Hey guys, look at this, I can tell you how much you weight on the moon!” Your audience will no doubt be suitably rapt, and have a good giggle for all of a minute. If you ever, ever try it again though, you’ll just become the moon weight guy, shunned in polite society and made to go and sit on your own in the corner and talk about your boring space mularkey.

Don’t be the moon guy. Don’t ever be the moon guy.

Weight On The Moon is available now, for free, from the Android Market

Size Matters! Review

Size Matters! Review

Jun 16, 2011

Working out your brain has become a bit of a fad in recent years. Kicked off by Dr. Kawashima and his floating head, it seems there’s a lot of money to be made making people incrementally smarter than they were before they picked up your game. If you can make them have a good time whilst they expand their intellect, then you’ve basically found the holy grail of mobile gaming.

Size Matters! is a brain training game of sorts, albeit a pared down one. There’s a single activity to tickle your grey matter, and that involves deciding, at speed, which of the two things you’re presented with is the largest. You might get numbers, sums, objects, weights or periods of time, but you only get three lives per go, and once you’ve used them, it’s back to the main menu to start again.

It sounds like a simple enough premise, but there’s a timer ticking away and you have to make a snap decisions about questions like which is longer: the gestation period, in days, of an elephant or the number of minutes in a year; the tension really starts to kick in. at this point. You answer the questions by tapping on-screen on the choice that you think is the largest.

There are three levels of difficulty, each offering a variety of obscure sizes, lengths of time and other measures over which you can deliberate. A high score system is in place, as well as a challenge system, that lets you compete against other players to find out who’s the best at knowing the sizes of things.

Size Matters! isn’t the best looking game out there, nor is it the most complex, but it does have a down to earth charm that makes it a winner. It’s fun, spectacularly easy to play and, perhaps most importantly, will hone your brain reflexes as you play. That’s not too bad for a game that doesn’t cost anything.