Stupidness 3 Pro

Brain-teaser/puzzle game is aptly named.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

While the puzzles aren't especially hard, you're never told key rules (such as you're able to erase things from the screen or move items from the question occasionally), which is the app's way of cheating. Most puzzles have little basis in logic. 

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A free version of the app is available, but if you want all of the puzzles, you'll have to pay for the Pro version. 

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Some safety concerns, as well. If users opt in to OpenFeint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stupidness 3 PRO is the latest in a series of brain-teasing puzzle games. While the questions aren't hard, the app "cheats" by insisting users often solve a puzzle rather than answer an IQ question. This seems designed to frustrate users. A free version of the app is available and it's definitely wise to try that before paying for the Pro version, as you might save yourself money in the process. There is an option to connect to Facebook to post your "IQ," and the game lets users post scores on the Open Feint social network. 

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Occasional trick questions in a game that puts itself forward as an IQ test are to be expected. But loading the game with them obliterates any fun factor -- and STUPIDNESS 3 PRO is virtually nothing but tricks. It's meant as a light-hearted nudge at trivia games, but it quickly becomes an exercise in frustration and temper control. Sure you can buy answers (at the cost of "IQ points"), but when you see the answer has nothing to do with the actual question, you'll only get more frustrated. While you have to acknowledge the creativity that went into designing the puzzles, this is a game that appeals to an incredibly narrow audience. The free version will be more than enough for most. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 30, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:16.10 MB
Publisher:Ming Liang Chien
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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