Cash IQ: A Game for Consumers

Price: FREE     Score: 9/10     By M. SchustermanCash IQ - FISHLABS Advertainment

The fiscally minded like to have fun too…right? If counting cash and honing your consumer skills sound like a good time, the brain-teasing games featured on Cash IQ might be perfect for you. For more right-brained folks like me, it’s more like an exercise in working out the sadly neglected left side.

Created by FISHLABS Advertainment (and American Express), this free app offers four games with several levels, each of which has you counting, balancing, shopping and earning “cashback bonuses.” The graphics are great, and the music is actually nice, although you can opt to listen to your iPod music in Settings if you prefer.

From the main menu, you can select either “Classic” or “Brain Strain” mode. Classic gives you three of the four mini-games, randomly selected, with the goal of scoring as much as you can within the time limit. In “Brain Strain” mode, you’ll play all four. If you fail a level you move on to the next game, but you must complete all four before given your total score.

“Flip & Pin” might be my favorite of the games – the concept is pretty unique. Your screen becomes a grid with a highlighted area, and a few tetris-looking shapes lying around. Flip the shapes around the grid by tilting your phone with the goal of perfectly covering the highlighted area. You can use pins to pin down a shape once it’s covering a portion of the area. This one is fun to play when trying to beat the clock.

“Shopping List” takes me back to my memory card days of elementary school. Watch items move down a conveyor belt, then try and remember which order you saw them.

“Check Your Balance” and “Beat the Bank” are the more mathematical games. With “Check Your Balance,” you have a seesaw and a collection of grocery bags, each with a different number. Balance the seesaw by splitting the bags on either end, creating an equal numerical “weight.” And “Beat the Bank” is straight up money counting – watching a selection of numbers fall into your piggy banks and add them up, then subtract whatever falls out. Enter in the remaining total before the clock runs out.

Cash IQ has a live leaderboard and is compatible with Facebook, so you can get competitive with others. Considering the quality of the games and the unarguably great price, I’d recommend this one for brain teaser fans.

Cash IQ [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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