Intrusive ads kill joy in this Sholay

Jan 01, 2014, 13:48 IST | Hassan M Kamal

What could have been a really great game, acts like a malware, thanks to its suspicious programming

You have seen Jai and Viru battle Gabbar and his notorious gang of dacoits a million times. Now, you can help them win on your phone. One of Bollywood’s most celebrated heroes are back, this time in a mobile game, titled Sholay: Bullets of Justice, battling Gabbar and his dacoits. But wait, it’s not just Gabbar you are fighting here.

Sholay mobile game

Divided into four stages, the game starts with the Ramgarh station, where Jai and Viru had their first encounter with Gabbar and his dacoits. Your job here is to kill all the villains and save the injured Thakur. You proceed to next stage, after killing all the bad guys. But between the action, you will be interrupted, non-stop, with ads.

We liked the animation in the game. It compliments the background score. To fight out the dacoits, you could use multiple combinations including kick, double jump, and or buy gun and grenades from the store.

But this is where the honeymoon ends, the controls are hard to navigate through as they don’t respond to multi-touch. What’s even more irritating is how the advertisements keep popping up. Disgruntled, we closed the application, but the ads didn’t stop there. The app restarts on its own. The problem escalated, when soon after the installation, the phone began behaving erratically, including refusing access to the keyboard, opening applications on its own,
messages, etc.

Turns out, the app is an adware designed by its makers, Gameshastra Solutions and Hungama Digital to make money, and could harm your phone in many ways. Our advice is — don’t download it at all. Try the Facebook option instead (we were unable to test the FB version because of an
official policy).

Available on: Android, Java and iOs platform
Price: Free
Log on to: sholay_boj/

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