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In reality, a bug problem of this magnitude would not require a tech genius, but rather professional pest control. On your iPhone or iTouch, iRoach simply requires a fast finger and a tolerance for nastiness. Created by Suponix, iRoach features an infestation of cockroaches and other bugs that crawl across your screen. The best part (or the worst, depending on how you look at it) is you don’t need a shoe or bug spray handy, but simply squash them with a tap of the finger.
Big bugs and small, the insects dart across the screen in alarmingly realistic motion and if you give them a good tap, they squash apart and their innards splash out. Having absolutely no tolerance for bugs and guts whatsoever, I find iRoach to be totally disgusting. Of course, on the other hand, I do feel a remarkably unnatural sense of vindication for every nasty insect that has ever offended me and my home. The ironic thing is that due to their sheer quickness, some of the virtual bugs in iRoach are as hard to kill as the real ones.
When you start iRoach, you have three minutes to annihilate as many bugs as possible. Most bugs only require a single tap, but the bigger ones require two or three consecutive taps before they’re sufficiently squished. You score points for each bug you kill, but be careful of random tapping – you lose 2 points for each miss. The objective, besides terminating the bugs, is to score as many points as possible. Should you be interested in making virtual pest control a competition, you can also enter and save high scores.
Aside from the concept, which is pretty straightforward, the only other key components mentioned about iRoach are the “realistic sound effects.” There are sound effects, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve never in my life heard a bug make these sounds when I’ve squished them in real life. Maybe the sound is muffled in the kleenex, but I still think “realistic” may be a bit of a stretch. However, they are certainly realistic enough in appearance and unless you harbor some sort of affection for roaches, flies, and weird-looking ginormous bugs, you might find iRoach a rather sadistically fun tapping game.