The game: Once upon a time, you had to pay upwards of $50 for a copy of Boogerman: A Pick 'n' Flick Adventure. If you wanted a copy of Toilet Kids for the Turbografx-16, well, you'd have to go to Japan or bust. And that was pretty much it as far as disgusting games based on human excreta were concerned. But now, in the brave new world of iPhone gaming, there is finally a game called iFart, which is pretty much what you would expect.
Progress: not always a good thing.
The “jokes”: The game offers a substantial reserve of pre-recorded flatus for the discerning user's perusal. There are also “Record-a-Fart” and “Fart-a-Friend” buttons: these, you will be disappointed to learn, do exactly what their names suggest. (Regrettably, interoperability with the Virtual Zippo app is not supported.) Who needs jokes when bodily functions are so inherently hilarious?
Least hilarious “hilarious” moment: The app's $1 price tag has ensured a cult following among the iPhone flaturati, propelling iFart's developers to offer DLC packs such as “Food Farts” and “Movie Farts.” Paying money to have something on your iPhone called “Top Bun” or “Pulp Friction” (Are these actually jokes? Answers on a postcard) is enough to make you wish for the sophisticated nuance of parody porn-movie titles.
The game: One genre that's at once huge in the casual scene and totally absent from the “real” gaming sphere is hidden-object games. Like a marginally interactive Where's Waldo book, hidden-object games ask you to pick out an array of props and secretive folks from a densely-populated picture.
Where's the Naughty Governor? is just like any other hidden-object game (which is to say, amazingly dull), but featuring politicians whose careers have taken a turn after their apprehension in flagrante (that means doin' it).
The “jokes”: Well, see, Mark Sanford was caught having an affair in Buenos Aires, so the game makes you search for Mark Sanford in Buenos Aires. Whereas Elliot Spitzer, y'see, was caught patronizing prostitutes in New York, so you have to search for Elliot Spitzer in Times Square. The jokes in Where's the Naughty Governor? congratulate players on having read the newspaper – but for such a simple task, you can hardly expect the rewards to be all that great.
Least hilarious “hilarious” moment: The Sarah Palin level, perplexing enough for a figure who's never been in a sex scandal, becomes downright weird with the inclusion of evidence like “lipstick” and “something fishy.” Jokes about “Troopergate” or the “Bridge to Nowhere” would apparently have required too much effort to devise, much less ask players to decipher. So you're stuck with the comedy gold of searching for an outsized high-heel: because Sarah Palin, see, she wears fancy shoes!
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