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Spite and Malice

by 2-Person Studio
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

Price: $0.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.4.5
  • - Remove all the ads libraries that could cause false alarm due to virus scanner

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00BHEUT0E
  • Release Date: February 21, 2013
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,691 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Good graphic
  • Challenging AI
  • Support Resume

Product Description

Spite and Malice, also known as Skip-Bo or Cat and Mouse, is a kind of competitive patience (solitaire) game for two players.

This is an android implementation of Spite and Malice.

In this game, you compete against the computer to get rid of all the cards in your play stack by playing them to the center stacks. More instructions can be found in help section of the game.

Technical Details

  • Size: 2.7MB
  • Version: 1.4.5
  • Developed By: 2-Person Studio
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
214 of 220 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Adware infested app October 7, 2013
Verified Purchase
I can't understand Amazon's apathy that allows this level of annoyware to be given away under its free app of the day promotion. This app is positively dripping with ads, even push notifications that appear in your notification bar and doesn't even require that the offending app be open, letting them bombard you at will. The permissions aren't listed with this app, but just because they don't list the open door, doesn't mean it's not there.
The adware that is put on your device with the installation of this app is:
Revmob
Admob
Adsense
Mopub
Appbrain
Chartboost

That's quite the rogue's gallery of c--p you really don't want on your device. So if you insist on getting it? Well, good luck with that...I do believe I'll pass.

^This is edited after it was supposedly cleaned out of spyware. I'm leaving my rating where it is. They shouldn't be putting malware or spyware in any app, paid or not. And some of these will cull your contacts and personal information. For a developer to use not 1, not 2 not even 3, but 6 spamware apps in one game smacks of greed and a complete lack of respect for other people's information. This is not someone I would support in any way. I only have their word for it that there's nothing hiding in this app. I'm not willing to chance it. I don't trust them that far.
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146 of 149 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MALWARE! October 7, 2013
By JoshB
Verified Purchase
Be very careful of this "app." Lookout immediately flagged it as malware. Steer clear! Shame on Amazon for allowing this junk.
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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ADWARE.....ADWARE EVERYWHERE! October 7, 2013
By Paul H.
Verified Purchase
Several Android Security Apps, like Lookout, detected this as being adware and a devious app. Thankfully I was able to uninstall quickly. Be careful!
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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars detected as adware October 7, 2013
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free app of the day... but trying to install and security software detects this app as adware, so buyer beware
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Adware? October 7, 2013
Verified Purchase
Lookout states this app has adware that may pop ads in the task bar. This isn't the normal ads one sees on many Android apps. But even then.. On a paid version app? Uninstalled.
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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LOOKOUT VIRUS Adware lookout scans and warns. October 7, 2013
By J. Shea
Verified Purchase
Lookout denied installation of this app spite and malice. I have never had lookout deny any app installation before, so must be a good positive hit. It claimed the app was able to send personally identifiable information to its servers.

I'll stay away....
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't play - risky download October 7, 2013
By kat
Verified Purchase
this popped up from my trust /go security as a low risk because of revmob - can pull your device id and email address... didn't consider it worth the risk as I never remember to turn off the wifi.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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The developer quickly removed all of the adware components and issued a 100% CLEAN version within a couple of days.

The game is indeed fun, and the AI seems to be ADAPTIVE. I could be wrong, but the first couple of games were embarrassingly easy, the third game was a squeaker, the next two were difficult, and then the following games were challenging.

So, yes, it is enjoyable.

ISSUES:
That said, there were two big issues that resulted in a lost star:
- No UNDO. This is really a big deal, since it is far too easy to accidentally drop a card into a discard pile. It is also too easy to drop a discarded card into the wrong pile. And on at least one occasion I wanted to discard instead of playing a playable card, and it ended up on the play stack. After a while, I just restarted the game rather than deal with the error.
- Card randomization is not random enough. In one game, I went through about 50 cards without getting a single King or a 4; I did, though, have every 9 and 7 in the game. The AI was also having trouble. This problem isn't limited to that game, but it is evident in the playing of many games. Thankfully, this fix should be a simple tweaking of the random function.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Sound/Music: There also are no sound effects and no music. A gentle sound effect system, and either some music or the addition of a music player to allow the player to choose some background music would go well with the game. This isn't crucial enough to warrant dropping any stars, but it would enhance the playing experience.
2-Player: This is a lot of work, but it would be very cool to be able to play against another player via bluetooth (not necessarily wi-fi) instead of the AI.

While not a 5-star game, it is a solid 4-star game, especially if the developer gets the UNDO feature installed (just one step is needed, really).

Now that the adware is gone, it's definitely worthwhile!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Looks Like a Knock Off
Thought this was the same as the IPhone game, but not! Didn't care for either of the card games. Would not try it again.
Published 5 months ago by Caryn Ferguson
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh and did I mention Adware?
It is an OK game to kill time but with it constantly crashing and losing track of your stats and no PvP option it is pretty lame.
Published 6 months ago by Urzaden
5.0 out of 5 stars "Monster Game"!!!!!!!
This game is a "Monster" hit with my wife!!!!!! She plays this game at least ten times a day. I never get a chance!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Smithson
2.0 out of 5 stars It's just ok.....
Not a bad game..... I've always loved playing it but this version is very slow even when you put it on fast mode... I also don't like how there's 3 game piles in lieu of 4.
Published 7 months ago by RAVC
3.0 out of 5 stars good game, need ability to save settings.
I always change the card backs, amount of cards, and table. When I close the game it defaults and I have to set everything again. Good game.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars still play it every day
I've had this for months and it still hasn't gotten old to me. It reminds me of the game "Flinch" that my mom and I used to play together.
Published 8 months ago by csdub
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game.
Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was looking for. They compare it in the description to a card game I enjoy a lot "Skip Bo." I had a hard time seeing the similarity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Beverly G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Spite and malice
I play this alot but get aggravated when the computer character cheats! He at times seems to always have the right hand. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lynette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I really like this game maybe to much. I play it all the time. Really a fun game and it makes you think. A fun game
Published 9 months ago by M J Keely
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish the developer would make a few enhancements
Hey, it was free, so from that perspective it's great. I do wish there was an "undo" feature and I do wonder about the coding logic when the computer gets a King - it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DoRaMe
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Adware on Free App of the Day ...
Hi, we are the developer of Spite and Malice. We have two versions of the app, a free version and a paid version. The two versions share the same libraries including ad libraries. Though the ads are disabled in the paid version, we should have removed them completely instead. We apologize for... Read More
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