BP oil spill: There's even an app for that

A game, actually, one that's both amusing and educational. In Duck vs BP, it's up to you to save the duck pond from--you guessed it--an oil spill.

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Your mission: Save the duck from falling oil drops. The duck's mission: To plug the pipe. (If only it were that easy!) Ximad

In Duck vs BP for iPhone, it's your job to save the world's last surviving duck by plugging oil-spewing pipes.

If only life could imitate app. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could fix this catastrophe and rescue wildlife with a few screen taps?

I suppose it was only a matter of time before an app directly referenced the BP oil spill. This one's a game, and a decidedly simplistic one at that, but it is filled with interesting and educational facts about the environment.

Using your iPhone or iPod accelerometer, you "steer" your duck back and forth to avoid falling oil drops. Eventually the pond fills up enough that duckie can plug the pipe. Then you move on to the next level.

Whenever you complete a level or are hit by an oil drop, the game serves up an eco-fact. For example: "Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees."

The game is free and ad-supported, but you can pony up 99 cents for an ad-free version. Sadly, the author makes no mention of any proceeds going to disaster relief, which I find a bit disappointing. It seems like that would have been the classy thing to do.