Captcha the Game Creates Quite the Confusion

Price: $.99     Score: 5/10     By A. PapachristosCaptcha the Game - Hint Solutions

Anyone who has ever entered personal information online or purchased items from the Internet knows that CAPTCHA codes work as a safety measure to protect your online identity.  Captcha the Game by Hint Solutions takes such codes and turns them into a game that tests your ability to decipher such text.

When you begin, you will find an intuitive main menu featuring four buttons – Play, Leaderboards, Achievements and Help.  The Leaderboards connect to Game Center, allowing you to compare your high scores with players worldwide.  Achievements, of course, marks all the milestones you have reached during game play, while the Help button attempts to explain not so much how to play the game, but the concept behind Captcha codes themselves.

You see, CAPTCHA, which stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, protects websites against bots by presenting distorted text that only humans can decipher.  This way, users can hopefully rest assured that any information they enter on such a site will be safeguarded.  However, the Help section goes on to describe the Google ReCAPTCHA process, which recognizes text found in old books that have yet to be digitized.

Unfortunately, this guide still leaves users entirely clueless as to how to play Captcha the Game and what their ultimate goal may actually be.  After tapping Play, all I found was a screen presenting me with a CAPTCHA code that I needed to input correctly, and having done so, I was simple faced with CAPTCHA code after CAPTCHA code, wondering when the actual game was going to begin.  Sadly, it seems that this repetitive, unpleasant task reflected the game in its entirety.

To make matters worse, at one point, I realized I had tapped the wrong letter after I hit enter, yet the application claimed I was correct.  Finding this odd, I purposely typed incorrect letters just to see how Captcha the Game would react.  I exchanged T’s for Y’s and A’s for Q’s and found that the application approved of my submissions despite the fact that I knew the letters were definitely wrong.  With this inaccurate system and the lack of any real game or purpose whatsoever, I cannot help but wonder if I’ve completely overlooked the entire premise, or if this truly is all that Captcha the Game has to offer.

If you’d like to test out Captcha the Game for free, you can download the lite version here.

Captcha the Game [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 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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One Response to “Captcha the Game Creates Quite the Confusion”

  1. iObserver says:

    Has it crossed your mind that what this “game” aims to achieve might be a large population of human robots, voluntarily recognising CAPTCHAs on behalf of some spam seeding network? The “game” cannot correctly verify your response probably because it does not generate the captchas on its own. And the really blatant part is that they charge you money for that :)

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