The Moron Test

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The Moron Test
The Moron Test.jpg
App Store art
Developer(s) DistinctDev
Publisher(s) DistinctDev
Distributor(s) App Store
Platform(s) iOS, Windows Phone, Android
Genre(s) Entertainment
Mode(s) Single-player

The Moron Test is a mobile brain teasing game developed and published by DistinctDev, Inc. for the iOS and Android platforms, and is one of the best selling iPhone applications of all-time.[1] The Moron Test was initially released on April 20, 2009 for iOS[2] and was released for Android on May 13, 2010.[3] Its format is inspired by IQ tests that pose seemingly simple questions in order to extrapolate broad indices of intelligence. Upon its initial release on iTunes, The Moron Test became the #1 top selling app in the US App Store. Since then, the app has repeatedly reached a Top 10 Overall ranking and has been in the Top 100 Overall apps for over 450 consecutive days in the US App Store.[2] On September 10, 2010, DistinctDev released The Moron Test: Section 1, a free version of the game on iOS, offering the "Old School" section.[4] Two months after the Android platform launch, the free version received more than 700,000 downloads, the paid version became the 9th most downloaded Paid Game with over 65,000 downloads on the Android Market.[4] The Moron Test currently has seven sections: Old School, Late Registration, Winter Break, Food Fight, Skip Day, Tricky Treat, and Ooga School. The latest iOS version of the Moron Test also includes an in-app purchase for the Extra Credit section, Flying Colors.[5]


In The Moron Test, players are given a scripted series of seemingly simple tasks to complete or questions to answer. The tasks increase in difficulty, challenging players to identify the correct responses under abnormal and deceptive circumstances. Depending on how many correct answers they can give without making more than three mistakes, players are awarded one of seven rankings. Failing before the first checkpoint earns a "Moron" title and completing an entire section earns a "Genius" rank.

Rounds and rankings[edit]

Players are given a rank after completing each round:

  • Round 1: You Have a Pulse
  • Round 2: Total Bonehead
  • Round 3: Average Mammal
  • Round 4: Slightly Smart
  • Round 5: Somewhat Intelligent
  • Round 6: Genius

Question types[edit]

Each Section has 100+ steps and 45+ tasks consisting of the following question types:

  • Calculations
  • Matching
  • Memorizing
  • Identifying

Psychological principles[edit]

The Moron Test exploits the human tendency to rely on heuristics when making decisions. "In psychology, heuristics are simple, efficient rules, hard-coded by evolutionary processes or learned, which have been proposed to explain how people make decisions, come to judgments, and solve problems, typically when facing complex problems or incomplete information. These rules work well under most circumstances, but in certain cases lead to systematic errors or cognitive biases."


Each Section of The Moron Test includes over 100 steps.

1: Old School[edit]

Old School was the only section of the game included at the launch of the iOS version of the Moron Test. Players must carefully follow the instructions written on digital index cards to progress. The objects that are used in this section are elementary school themed, featuring planets and math symbols. In this section of the Moron Test, the Rubber Duck, the Bee, the Mouse, and the Angry Duck are introduced.

The Moron Test is a quiz game. The old school level is shown here.

2: Late Registration[edit]

Late Registration was added in iOS version 2.0, updating the game with new question types and introducing new characters to the game: the Green Frog, the Giraffe, and the Turtle. This update also introduced the "Grey Card", which contains misleading instructions that are not to be followed.

3: Winter Break[edit]

Winter Break was added in iOS Version 3.0, was released four days before Christmas in 2009. Players are introduced to the Disassembled Snowman and the Penguins. Many of tasks in this section are winter-themed, such as saving characters that are trapped in ice.

4: Food Fight[edit]

Food Fight, was added in iOS Version 4.0, introduced several new characters, including the Monkey, the Snake, and the Lady Bug. Set in the midst of a cafeteria food fight, Section 4 adds flying food being thrown across the screen as an added distraction. In this section, players can turn on a black light, revealing hidden instructions and objects.

5: Skip Day[edit]

Skip Day, added on August 24, 2011, introduced the Crab. It was set in the beach. In this section, some questions have flies. You must shake your device to get rid of them or else you will fail.

6: Tricky Treat[edit]

Tricky Treat, added on October 26, 2012, introduced the bat. It has halloween-themed questions. In this section, some questions have lanterns. Tap them and remember the place of the item that is telling you to tap.

Ooga School[edit]

Ooga School Is an Ooga-Themed remake of old school. It has different music. It is currently Unnumbered, It is a themed section.

Extra credit: Flying Colors[edit]

Flying Colors (Extra Credit Expansion Pack) was added in iOS Version 4.0 includes three mini-games that test the players’ speed, memory, and reflexes, respectively. It is available through in-app purchase for $0.99.[2]

The Android version of The Moron test included Old School, Late Registration, and Winter Break when it was launched on May 13, 2010. Food Fight was the first section to launch simultaneously on both platforms.


Section First appearance of characters
Old School
  • The Rubber Duck(s)
  • The Bee
  • The Grey Mouse
  • The Angry Duck
Late Registration
  • The Giraffes
  • The Frogs
  • The Turtles
Winter Break
  • The Disassembled Snowman
  • The Penguin(s)
Food Fight
  • The Black Snake
  • The Diapered Monkey
  • The Hanging Monkeys
  • The Ladybugs
  • Dow, a dog-like cow


With the "Food Fight" update of The Moron Test on July 24, 2010, DistinctDev added the social platform OpenFeint to the iOS version of the game. [6] OpenFeint allows players to submit their fastest finish times to Global Leaderboards and compare their times with friends. On September 15, 2010, DistinctDev announced OpenFeint integration for The Moron Test on Android. This introduced the same social features as the iOS version: friends lists, chat rooms, leaderboards, and achievements.[7]

"DistinctDev has demonstrated that they have a keen awareness of what makes a game a hit, regardless of the platform." -Eros Resmini, VP of Marketing at Aurora Feint.[8]


The game has received generally positive reviews. gave it a 4/5 ,[9] CNET gave it a 3.5/5 stars,[10] MacWorld gave it a 4.5 out of 5 mice[11] and gave it a 3/5 stars, while calling it "surprisingly entertaining".[12] readers voted The Moron Test as their #2 Favorite App of 2009.[13]

"The title has enjoyed success on both platforms, it's aforementioned Android total making it the 9th most popular paid app on Android Market, the iOS release having snatched the top spot on the US App Store at launch." [4]


The price for both iOS and Android versions of The Moron Test is $0.99. The iOS version 4.0 of the game introduced the first "Extra Credit" series of mini-games, available as a $0.99 in-app purchase called "Flying Colors".[14] The Moron Test: Section 1 for iOS is available for free in the iTunes store.[15] The Moron Test: Section 1 is available for free on the Android Market.[16]

History of releases / updates[edit]


Date Version Section Updates
April 20, 2009 Initial release version 1.0 Old School Initial release
May 8, 2009 Version 1.1 Old School Added a checkpoint halfway
July 1, 2009 Version 1.2 Old School Updated with checkpoints at every level, added "final question",
post your scores to Facebook
October 31, 2009 Version 2.0 Late Registration New question types, new characters and sounds,
new menu and settings, high score saved, share best times on Facebook
December 21, 2009 Version 3.0 Winter Break Winter themed section was added with 100+ additional steps
July 24, 2010 Version 4.0 Food Fight Added over 45 questions and 100+ new steps with new question types
and game mechanics, OpenFeint integration added achievements and global leader-boards,
"Extra Credit" was made available through in-app purchase:
"Flying Colors"(set of 3 mini-games that test speed, memory, and reflexes) offered for $0.99., new characters (Even a "Dow", a dog-like cow that sniffs, barks,
and growls.)
September 13, 2010 Initial release version 1.0 The Moron Test Lite "Old School" section available for free[17]
October 1, 2010 Version 1.01 The Moron Test: Section 1 Name change[15]


Date Version
May 13, 2010 Initial release: version 1.0
July 12, 2010 Version 1.1
July 24, 2010 Version 2.0
July 31, 2010 Version 2.1
August 10, 2010 Version 2.2
August 18, 2010 Version 2.3
September 15, 2010 OpenFeint integration[17]
August 24, 2011 Version 3.0 with new "Skip Day" section


  1. ^ "Developers Can Complain About Apple, But "The iPhone Is Where The Money Is"". September 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Moron Test Ranking History". August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The Moron Test Changelog". August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "After 700,000 Android Downloads, The Moron Test gets a Lite iOS version". September 14, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Moron Test". August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ "DistinctDev Unveils Fourth Section of The Moron Test for iPhone/Android". July 26, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ "OpenFeint comes to Android". September 15, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "DistinctDev Announces OpenFeint Integration for The Moron Test on Android". September 16, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Moron Test Review". July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Moron Test 3.0 for iPhone". June 10, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Moron Test". Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Moron Test". June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  13. ^ Chen, Brian X. (December 11, 2009). " Readers' Favorite iPhone Apps of 2009". Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Moron Test". Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "The Moron Test: Section 1". Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "The Moron Test: Section 1". Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "The Moron Test Lite Unveiled on iOS". September 13, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 

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