Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad
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An iPad app for couples? Can playful romance and Apple's tablet successfully co-exist? The answer to that latter question remains to be seen, but the developers of Fingle are hoping they can change the perception of what iOS games - particularly cooperative ones - can do.
Fingle's gameplay is deceptively simple. Two players (local only - no online multiplayer here, and for good reason) each control a small box on screen that they must sync with a moving target on-screen. If both players can stay within their specified target for a predetermined amount of time, they win the level and can move to the next. At least this is how Fingle starts - each player using one finger to move their box into the target - but even this most basic skill level is difficult for the less-than-dexterous. Fingle is many things, but it's probably not for the easily frustrated.
If players manage to get beyond the rudimentary levels, they are greeted with levels that make Twister look simple by comparison. And make no mistake that Fingle DOES pay homage to the classic game of Twister, but manipulating multiple fingers on a relatively small screen is a different matter from the more forgiving multi-color madness of Twister.
Developer Game Oven has done a tremendous job on the overall presentation of the game. There's a swanky 1970s vibe throughout the game - from the burnt orange and yellow colors to the bow-chikka-wow-wow (how else to describe it?) music that punctuates each level. While it's not a graphical powerhouse of a game, it isn't supposed to be, and the design enhances the overall appeal of Fingle and never gets in the way of the gameplay.
Back to the original question asked at the start of this review, Fingle DOES seem to be marketed for couples interested in learning the greater nuances of each others'...ahem...hands. The warm color palette and the Barry White-inspired sounds add to this overall environment within the game. It's not one I can imagine a group of guys will get together to play before poker night. It could potentially be a fun kids' game, but the design is not particularly kid-friendly. Perhaps Game Oven might market another version of the game at a later time that's more kid-friendly?
Regardless, if you're looking for a unique way to get to know someone, Fingle might be right up your alley. Kudos for a developer trying something new and different, even if only the most dexterous can successfully play it.