Review: Getting Lucky with Lucky 6

Getting lucky has never been this easy, screams the tagline of Lucky 6. A product of Fat Cat gaming, this game is the equivalent of a digital lottery ticket that’s as recalcitrant as… the stock market.

No, really.

Since Google does not permit “reward based” games on its Play Store, even if it’s a free App… downloading this game from the http://fatcatgaming.com site was a bit of a pain. This might prevent a lot of potential users from accessing the App. Once something takes an undue amount of effort in the App world, giving up is just easier (like how my Candy Crush days ended when I was unable to sync my levels with my Facebook account).

However, once I did manage to get the tiny Fat Cat icon on my home screen, the sign up process was smooth. Pretty soon, I had an account and pass code to the App; a thoughtful safeguard against kids, teens and anyone who wasn’t me tampering with my three ticket opportunities of the day. As for what the App or these “tickets” are all about, here’s the the brief version of what it takes to have Lady Luck possibly smiling on you:

Step 1: Download the App.
Step 2: Are you 18 years old? You are? Cool. Let’s proceed.
Step 3: Choose 6 brands from what looks like a never ending list of favorites ranging from Apple, Facebook to Balaji Telefilms and Ebay. This generates a ticket. You have upto three tickets per day.
Step 4: In around 24 hours, how you’ve done will be determined based on if your brands are the highest gainers of the day. If they are, well… the goodies up for grabs will take you straight to materialistic heaven! Otherwise, there’s always the next day. Or the one after that!

The Lucky 6 game is one of the games in the Fat Cat App. The other one is called QuizApp, and pops a question at you rather than an opportunity to block a set of 6 brands. The interface is clean and easy to navigate. There are pictures next to each brand of the list, and an option to know a little more about them before you take your pick. You can see the scores next to your tickets once you have made your choices. Sharing the app with friends and family pays off, since it’s built around the concept of Crowdfunding.

Since I’m not even close to a stock junkie, I’m not really sure how much tailing the stock market will get you in this game. But since it is marketed as a DigiLottery, I guess you never know what’s in store.

Lucky 6 has a fair chance of being a hit in the Indian market. Who doesn’t want to get lucky?

However, the tedious round-about process involved in downloading the App and that it takes at least six “random” tickets for the player to even get a hang of how they want to play the game may deter even a potential user from subscribing to it. Also, for people who aren’t into brands or stocks, it’s akin to playing Minesweeper when you’re bored (analogy does not apply if you’re one of those rare people who actually knows how to play it)… and when despite seeing the game in your computer all these years and even Googling it, you don’t know what you’re doing. It doesn’t stop you from celebrating when by chance, you kill it and you can see those red flags decorate the screen but chances are that you’d rather play Pinball Arcade, or anything with a more definite aim.

My initial experiences were pretty random (my scores averaged around 200, and I pretty much picked what looked good to me). I’m not sure if I’m even the target audience for this App. However, I can see how for some people, it can get pretty addicting!

Verdict: For lottery-ticket addicts and brand-lovers, Lucky 6 is a pretty decent way to kill time without getting broke and maybe, finally, hit jackpot!

This post is a part of the Indiblogger Happy Hours activity, courtesy Lucky 6

Review: The State.com Experience

“Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.” -Ernest Renan.

Meet State.com: a social-networking site that connects people through their opinions. After Wall-posting, colourfully-edited-picture-sharing, especially them cupcakes, hashtags and character limits, an opinion-based social network might just be the next big catch!

After all, connecting people through opinions rather than geography/acquaintances has the potential of uniting us through proximity of thought; while hopefully not creating much of a false consensus effect.

I’ve messed around the site for about a week, voicing 90 opinions on a range of Categories such as TV Shows, Books and Publications, Travel and Lifestyle, Politics and more, on topics that may be as broad as “Reading” to “Ed Sheeran”, “Sharing food-related pictures on Instagram”, “Voting” and even “People who constantly say ‘you know'”. By urging people to ‘State’ their opinions on a range of existent/self-created topics/URLs, State.com succeeds in teasing even the stereotypically passive internet user out of their shell!

The State.com Experience in a Nutshell

Interface: The interface is all kinds of sexy. A gorgeous, glitzy red dominates the State.com design. The buttons to STATE or Respond or select a maximum of three words that match your opinion on said topic (a pretty cool way of creating uniform parameters to match our opinions/agreement with others) are satisfyingly chunky.

Accessibility: While it took me a day to find my way around the site, and figure out which was where and for what, once I did, accessibility to various features was effortless.

The only exception: attempting to create a new topic in the midst of responding to an opinion; where the navigation could be a little less slippery.

As for accessing content itself, it’s easy and seamless: quickened by the process of “Tuning In” (State.com’s equivalent of “follow”) to a category, subcategory or person.

Features: It’s quite a rush; responding to diverse range of topics with your specific and sometimes-biased opinion. You can also give someone else’s well-stated opinion a “Well-said” (State.com’s equivalent of Facebook’s “Like”); a feature which thankfully encourages articulation over blind popularity as a means to this end.

The Sharing options: to your twitter/Facebook feed or by asking State contacts what they think are expected and might do well to help the site grow.

Other features include Top Word Groups, Sentiment Range, Trending Topics and Meet…: all of which tell you where your opinion stands in terms of general populace. They also help connect you to people with similar/compatible opinions. These features do much to enhance the awesomeness of the Interface; giving you the feel of being a part of an evolving schema.

State.com Features

State.com opinions

What makes State.com work?

Well, more than anything it’s the rapidity and diversity that characterises the State experience. While it allows longer posts, the bare minimum involves Stating your opinion using 1-3 words from a drop-down; with auto-suggestions that help when you’re stuck on finding the right word. That’s pretty quick, right? Also, it connects you to people from all over, through a mix of topics that do much to pique intellectual, not just superficial interests. With a lot of superficiality in the social media, why not take on a medium that demands nothing but your honest and simplified opinion?

State.com

Disagreement and debates, are of course, inevitable and even healthy here. Because after all, isn’t that the point? To state your opinion? A mere flurry of like-minded talk would’ve scared me, to be honest. Reinforcing a single line of thought does not do much to broaden one’s stance!

Speaking of simple and rapid, the site is tailored to be used on-the-go for iOS users, with the State App for iPhone/iPad. I do hope an Android version is also in the making. That would definitely increase the usability of the site for me!

FINAL THOUGHTS: I stand by my initial[ly stated] impression of this 2014-launched England-based social networking site that builds on opinion-networks:

Opinion on State.com

This review of State.com has been posted as a part of the Blogadda Reviews Program

the social network- review.

The Social Network

THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Directed by David Fincher. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter. A story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook.

REVIEW. I’d been wanting to watch The Social Network for a while, and finally got to watch it a few days back. I expected a certain amount of awesomeness, as the movie was being made by kickass people. I was also mildly interested to see what Justin Timberlake would bring to the film. I expected flashes of Harvard dorm life, a lot of “staring out of the window as an indie-pop song is played” (in a very biopic-y way) interspersed with boring court scenes as the Connect-U lawsuits were sure to be covered.

What I got instead blew. me. away. The Social Network turned out to be an example of how a great director, screenwriter and cast could put their talents to the best possible use, making the outcome mindblowing.

For it was fast-paced. I normally text during films, but the fast, fluid and wordy ongoings of the film made me forget all about my mobile phone for the entire two and a half hour period.

It was well-structured. Making the lawsuits (which were anything but boring) the center of the film, and having the rest of the story being told in flashbacks, was a brilliant decision.

It was emotional, without being corny. No “staring out of the window while an indie pop ballad plays in the background” scenes in this movie.

It was well-acted. Jesse Eisenberg (who plays Mark Zuckerberg), in particular, gave a brilliant performance- from the mannerisms to dialogue delivery. Definitely the stuff Academy Award-winning performances are made of.


It captured the evolution of Facebook from TheFacebook- from a “cool” thing, an exclusive thing, to something that would grow to connect millions across the world (the Facebook population is bigger than the population of Brazil). It showed how, and why, certain marketing decisions were made.

In the process, it also portrays Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), as narcissistic, arrogant and socially challenged. Facebook is shown as his attempt to rise up the social ladder and get his ex-girlfriend back (causing him to lose his best friend and face two lawsuits in the process). While the Real Mark Zuckerberg criticises this premise of the film with, “They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.”- lets face it, Sorokin’s and Fincher’s version makes the film more interesting, especially as it’s responsible for the dramatic way in which the movie ends.

As the closing credits were aired, I was filled with the belief that The Social Network was without doubt, one of the best movies of 2010. It captured every unit of my attention span, as I was lost in a story that was told so well. I’m glad I watched it. It was quite an experience and like any good film, it made me Google and Wikipedia a lot of stuff afterwards like:

1. What Mark Zuckerberg thought of The Social Network

2. The Social Network reviews (I needed to know that everybody thought it was as awesome as I did. Critics have a way of hating the films I love)

3. Connect-U lawsuit

4. Eduardo Saverin

5. Sean Parker

In other words, the movie was not just brilliantly executed and all sorts of awesome, it also made me care about the story it told- making me want to know which parts of the movie actually happened and the parts which just made it a better story. (Which you can check out here)