Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TSA Opt-Out Day Android Game

TSA Opt-Out Day screenshot1In celebration of National Opt-Out Day, I have written a humorous app for Android Phones (requires Android 2.1 or newer). To find it, simply search for TSA in the Android Market. If you're on your phone, you can click on this Android only link.

The name of the app is TSA Opt-Out Day, and it is free!

What is all this about?

I had the idea for this game last week when chatter about Opt-Out Day was picking up on Twitter. I thought that a fun Android App could contribute to the protest efforts by getting more people involved...

What does it do?

The game gives you the power of the TSA blue glove. Wear blue gloves at the airport and suddenly you can touch people in the strangest ways.

Your job in the app is to operate the line of passengers who opt out of the naked X-ray scanner. Feel around the passengers legs and private areas looking for dangerous banned items like gel shoe inserts, snow globes, and bottled water.

Watch out though, if you get too personal the passengers will complain to Congress. If enough passengers complain, Congress will ban enhanced pat downs and naked X-ray scans. Then you'll be out of a job.

Updates (3:08 PM CST)

Comments on the app have been great:

  • "Kinda dumb but kinda funny." - dequan
  • "Worst game ever" - william
  • "Friggen hilarious!" - Michael

Good stuff.

My brother told me that having to hit the back button for the dialogs was annoying, so I added dismiss buttons to all the dialog boxes. I also added ninja stars and a few new traveler characters. That's version 1.1 of the app, in the Android Market, for free.

Also, if you don't have an Android phone, you can get a peek at the Android Market data here. That site seems to take a while to propagate updates, but it will give you an idea.

Update (3:41 PM CST)

The initial Android Market stats are up: 483 downloads, 286 active installs. That means that 59% of those 483 have not uninstalled the TSA Opt-Out Day app. Fun!

More later...

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