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“Planet of the Apes” app will test your intelligence

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Have you ever wondered if you were smarter than an ape? Did you ever look at your significant other and question if they were more intelligent than your everyday monkey? Well, beginning today, 20TH Century Fox has unleashed an app that might help you test such a theory.

The app is based on an actual intelligence test done at Kyoto University, and parallels the central storyline of the studio’s upcoming film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which a scientist’s tampering with the laws of nature leads to the development of superior intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

From the release:

The test is as simple as it is revealing: the numbers 1-9 appear on the screen in random positions, and then are quickly covered. You must remember their positions, and then touch the squares in numeric order, in order to pass to the next round. A number is added for each round, so after several rounds recreating their proper positions becomes quite a challenge – for humans, that is.

Studies show that young chimps outperform adult humans in this memory test.

“We were very surprised to find this,” Tetsuro Matsuzawa of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University said. “But it’s a very concrete, simple fact. Young chimps are superior to human adults in a memory task.”

To play the app, you must first select one of three skill levels – “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Ape” – which determine how long the numbers are displayed. The most difficult level, “Ape” mimics the speed a typical primate can accomplish the task.

In addition to the game, the app offers access to the latest content about “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” including the theatrical trailer, movie tickets (when available), and the “Apes Will Rise” YouTube channel.

The app is available for free download on iTunes. For more information about the app visit http://www.apeswillrise.com/app.

Twentieth Century Fox releases “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in theaters everywhere on Aug. 5.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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