Apple iPhone, iPad Election Freeware App: Vote the Game (review)

Does Vote the Game have what it takes to make it worth your while? It’s freeware but there’s a big catch, says our reviews editor Sandy Berger. It’s …

Vote The Game  — a free app by Chair Entertainment Group — lets you get in the 2012 U.S. presidential election brawl in a super unique way. Already, just days before Democratic National Convention 2012 begins Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney are trading barbs. But why spectate?

The Apple iOS app lets you play either opponent and duke it out — mano y mano. Clever idea. But there’s a catch …

It’s free but time isn’t. So I checked out the app — it’s officially called Vote !!!! the App — to see if it is even worth the trouble. My review: mixed. It’s a fun free app at first — but it isn’t sticky enough to keep you in there making in-app purchases for virtual campaign booty.

Here’s my vote.

The characterization of the combatants is outstanding.

Obama’s oversized grin and big ears make for a dead-on caricature. The appmakers do a great job with Romney’s rectangular face and bushy quasi-unibrow, too. When one of the characters wins a round of fighting, he does a cute little victory dance. But then it’s getting you with in-app purchases …

If you keep at it long enough or you pay real money for perks, you’re able to choose costumes and weapons for each contestant. The costumes are as awesome as the characterization.

There is nothing like having your candidate whack his opponent with light saber  While dressed in a superhero outfit. But is the game good enough to make you pay real money in in-app purchases ? It lost its luster for me pretty quickly.

Image credit: Sandy Berger

I’d download it for free as entertainment — but that’s all it is. It’s a novelty app.

The app is available on iTunes for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. See you at the polls …

System requirements:

Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Sandy Berger is a founding member of our aNewDomain edit team.

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