"Why don't you review more Android games?" is a question I get on a daily basis, and it's a question I never ignore. Every time I get it, the first thing I do is go to Google Play on my phone and see if there's anything new worth taking a look at.
The service doesn't feature a "New Release" section, but it does offer a selection of "Top New Paid" and "Top New Free" games, which one might assume is a gold mine of cool, clever and creative mobile games. That's where I found Strip A Teen Girl III.
There is something seriously wrong here. Google Play might not have the strict app guidelines Apple has in place for iOS devices, but there really has to be some means of moderation. With Android devices gaining traction as dedicated gaming devices, a cheaper alternative to a consoles and console games, there're a lot of young and easily offended old eyes scanning these lists, and they're seeing shit like this.
Awww, it's Monkey Boxing! And there's a version of Heads Up just for kids! And there's... oh. Come on, Timmy, maybe we should stick to your Nintendo 3DS for a bit longer. It's like having a strip club right next to an elementary school. Convenient, sure, but at what cost?
I poke fun at systems like the Ouya or Amazon's Kindle Fire for making their own branded shops rather than using Google Play, but if that's what they need to do to avoid this sort of crap, then so be it.
For those curious, Strip A Teen Girl III, the latest in Amusing Suite's Strip A Teen Girl series, features a collection of racy photos of a decidedly un-teen girl with clouds over what a purchaser might assume are her naughty bits. The "player" must rub the photo to reveal the tasteful underwear beneath the clouds.
The best part of the "game' is the fact that instead of simply placing an interactive cloud overlay on top of a single photo, each shot is actually two shots on top of one another, so you're scratching one picture to reveal another, slightly off-kilter picture beneath it.
It's actually quite amusing, in a disturbing sort of way. I wouldn't recommend paying $1.93 for it, but if the price ever drops to $1.91, look out.
So not only are we getting sexually suggestive content in the Google Play "Top Paid Games" list, we're getting hilariously bad apps somehow showing up, despite poor reviews and low download counts. This one only registers 100+ downloads. Sega's House of the Dead Overkill, the next app down on the list, has more than 1000. That doesn't make any sense.
So no, you shouldn't buy Strip a Teen Girl III. Furthermore, you might want to look into contacting Google and asking if there's anything it can do to make finding good new games on the service less of an irritating softcore porn minefield.
If You Really Want It, Find It Yourself
Genre: embarrassment Developer: Amusing Suite Platform: Android Price: $1.93