Different strokes for different folks....Some people love playing Asphalt 7 on their phones....all it does is give me vertigo every time I try and play it....Glad I only paid a quarter for it. I've already seen a write up on this, and didn't give it much thought until I saw this thread. Waiting for a passcode, I'll let you know what I think when/if I ever get it.
As far as running "slow as molasses", I'm not entirely sure that would be the case. I don't think.....I could be wrong...that this is something as graphically complex as something like Tom Clancy HAWX.....another game that was good, that I couldn't play for more than 10 minutes without wanting to hurl. Seems more like a fancier version of Foursquare.
Whatever the case may be...we'll see and I'll let you know. The iOS version is "in the pipe" so who knows what sort of timeline that could be.
Various discussions of why this app/game was created. If you're the type of person that worries about putting on your tinfoil hat before leaving the house....then this certainly isn't for you. From the few articles I've read on it, the best plausible scenario for the "why" is they are improving Streetview, from everyday users. Part of the "game" involves taking pictures at certain GPS locations and uploading them. Possible it gives you a certain angle to take the picture at and with all the uploads, could make Streetview/GoogleEarth update in real-time.
Not that it really matters, but would be interesting nonetheless. My neighbor's roof has been blue for the last year, but search on Google Earth, and it's still red.