Developer: Streaming Colour
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Previously a highly enjoyable puzzle and party game for the iPad, Finger Tied makes its way to the smaller screen of the iPhone, in the guise of Finger Tied Jr. With it comes some smart level design, attractive visuals and a keen sense of fun.

fingertiedjr4At its heart, Finger Tied Jr is a lot like Twister for the fingers, albeit with more of a purpose to such dexterous movements. Each level is a grid of squares, with a start and finish line depicted through the use of a shape. Players must place one or more fingers on each of the shapes before dragging their finger from the start to the finish, thereby filling in the colors of the grid. Lift a finger or miss out part of the grid, and the level must be replayed. It’s wonderfully simple yet rewarding stuff.

Starting out, it’s all quite easy to complete with beginner levels rarely requiring much effort or dexterity. With a variety of levels ranging from Beginner to Hard, though, the difficulty level gradually increases in time with one’s dexterity skills. Given that all the levels within one difficulty pack are unlocked at the same time, it’s easy to come back to a tricky level later on, too.

Finger Tied Jr doesn’t just end with some great puzzles either. The highly effective level creator, seen in the iPad version, is here and is just as simple and intuitive to use as before. Plus, it’s possible to try out other players’ creations through an easy to use sharing interface. In theory, this should mean there’s always something new to play.

While Finger Tied Jr won’t be as great a party game as its bigger sibling, given the screen constraint, it’s a great game for using singularly. I’d recommend playing it mostly on a flat surface, rather than the typical held position for iPhone games, but that’s no hardship. Finger Tied Jr is quite the unique proposition for the system, and comes highly recommended.

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