appPicker: Fraud Tycoon app review: a security challenge



How would you like to take part in a security investigation involving criminal organizations and did we mention you’re the criminal? That's exactly the case with the Fraud Tycoon app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. This is a puzzle-based game that has been made with the help of Kount, a fraud prevention company. By playing this game you’ll get an inside look at what it’s like to keep companies safe from criminal activities.

The Shoes of a Criminal

The Fraud Tycoon app takes a fun approach by allowing you to actually be the "bad guy" as you're the one who is the criminal and you're the one who is breaking the law. You will be playing to win "Bytecash," which is a currency that makes it possible for you to purchase stolen credit cards and various tools that make fraud possible for your budding criminal organization. The game is of course fictional but it uses plenty of realistic tie-ins so you get a true sense of what it would be like to try to prevent fraud from happening and catch these criminals.

This brand-new release already has a perfect five star rating from users who love that it feels different and unique. The game also has a real retro vibe to it, which always seems to be popular with players. A number of players have commented on the content itself, stating how interesting it is to learn about this type of activity that is taking place in the real world.


Playing the Game

Because this game has been created to actually educate people and shed light on actual criminal activities you'll find that there are all kinds of interesting tools and features to the game. These are tools an actual criminal would use to commit a variety of crimes. These are exactly the type of crimes that affect businesses and organizations as well as individuals, consumers, and the economy as a whole. Of course it’s not like actual criminal fraudsters are playing the game so this is really more for the entertainment value.

Comments have to be made regarding the graphics and sound effects, which are true retro throw-backs. I like that you are given actual facts along the way in the game, again adding to the entire overall experience. Gameplay feels a bit basic at times but this one isn’t meant to be epic with its storyline and features.


Pros and Cons

A retro-style game
Gives players an inside look at what fraudsters are up to
Learn actual information and stats while you play the game
Easy to understand gameplay
Created by an actual security company

The gameplay is very basic and not extremely challenging


Final Words

The Fraud Tycoon app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is a fun way to get the inside look on actual fraudulent activity that is happening in today’s business world. I really enjoy that you get to be the criminal in this game and see things from a different angle.