Android Apps You'll NEVER See On The iOS App Store
Classic game emulation? Drugs? Dog fighting? Just a small taste of Android's seedy underbelly.
[Editor's Note: We don't support downloading these apps, or the content within.]
If Android users have a leg up on iOS supporters, it's the openness of Google's platform, which gives developers a chance to release games and applications that would never see the light of day on the App Store. Some wouldn't make it simply because of legality reasons, while others deal with mature and at times disturbing subject matter that would make the eggheads in Cupertino (and the millions of parents that give their kids "i" devices to play with) cringe. That said, here's a small glimpse at Android's most controversial wares.
Unlicensed Video Game Emulators
If you long for the days of retro gaming but don't feel like dusting off old consoles and portables, numerous Android developers will attempt to scratch that itch with a variety of emulators that transform your smart phone into an NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance and even Nintendo 64. Of course, none of the programmers offer the games (known as roms) per se. They merely provide the emulator while putting the responsibility of tracking down the games squarely on the user, who may or may not land in hot water for playing copied versions of Super Mario 64 and Final Fantasy 3. We'll stick with the real deal, thanks.
Drug Related Apps
There's a shocking number of games on the Android Marketplace that deal with narcotics, which we touched on in a previous feature titled Virtual High: Inside Android's Weed Culture. Thing is, marijuana just scratches the surface of the types of drug-related apps available, including one dealing with cocaine we'll refrain from linking to. It would be one thing if these apps and games educated youngsters about the dangers of drugs, but instead, the developers opt to glorify the practice of using, and in some cases, teach players how to ingest these illegal substances. Not exactly the best idea, given the lack of a rating system on the Android Marketplace.
We can all agree that commercials featuring neglected and abused animals suck. Nothing ruins an otherwise delightful afternoon more than scenes of unhappy puppies and kittens set to depressing music. It makes us want to track down the former owners and deliver Jake "The Snake" Roberts DDTs to each and every one of those lowlifes. That said, one particular Android dev chose to highlight dogfighting. Yes, the same practice that transformed Eagles QB Michael Vick into the most hated man in the National Football League (NFL). The most disturbing part? The game currently has 388 five-star (perfect) ratings.