This a dowloadable app (application or program) that is for the iPhone and iPad. It is called Hackycat. It is a computer game for handheld devices. You can play it on these devices to keep yourself amused while you’re on the bus or train or killing time. It cost $0.99 to download.
The game is described as:
Save really cute cats from exploding. By kicking them.
The way you kick the cats is by tapping the screen. These devices, as you know, have touch sensitive screens. You keep the cats in the air by continually kicking them and if a cat hits the ground the game is over. The game is also over, if you hit a “bird bomb” as it flies by.
Here is a video demo:
The graphics are good. They are by Ken Wong and the game was created by him as well.
That is what it is. Now, the question I have is this: “Is it an acceptable game for kids?” I am not going to prejudge and condemn because I’m probably acquiring a reputation as a grumpy old curmudgeon. I am not, but I do struggle to find these sorts of games and videos acceptable.
My personal view is that they might encourage cat abuse and cruelty. I am one of those people who believe that TV and film violence encourages real violence. I realise this is a hot and never ending debate and there are arguments on both sides. However, I believe that continually bombarding young people with images, both still and moving (movies) of violence of any kind, gradually alters the person’s perceptions of violence and distorts the immorality of gratuitous violence. The same can be said of magazines showing super slender girls. I believe that these images puts pressure on girls to be unnaturally slim which can lead to mental health problems (anorexia, for example).
I think in this instance Hackycat is particularly insensitive because there are specific cases of kids kicking cats and killing cats in this way. It is almost as if the idea for the game is based on real life experiences or news stories.
Ken Wong probably wanted to, somehow, incorporate the obsession with funny cat videos and cheeseburger still images into a game (cheeseburgers also feature in the game). It is a game that attempts to cash in on the funny cat video/image cult, which is fading in my opinion, thankfully.
If you have got this far, you’ll understand my ideas about this game; in summary: it should not be on sale. What do you think? I respect other people’s views completely.
Note: if the video goes dead for some reason this is a screenshot: