Fingle

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cooperative puzzler reminiscent of Twister but with fingers.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Fingle wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Easy to play once you get the hang of it and have a partner who gets the hang of it, too. Very frustrating to try and play alone or with a partner who doesn't get the concept, including the fact that you cannot pick up your hand for more than one second and you have to hold it on the target for the game's determined amount of time. To use more than two fingers, turn off multitasking gestures in your iPad's general settings.

Violence
Sex

In the description of the app, the developers say that this game is a way for getting "awkwardly close" making it "impossible to avoid contact, creating intimate moments with intertwined hands" and "kick starting a romantic evening." The '70s-style music (which can be turned off) and the little "aaahhh" sound when the two players match the targets are sort of silly/suggestive but would not likely be perceived in that way by most kid or teens, unless they were thinking or suggested to think in that direction by the game's Valentine's Mode.

Language
Consumerism

A credits button links to the developer's website.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fingle is a cooperative game in which two people try to drag and hold little squares of one color onto matching targets. Fingers are moving around each other and intertwining in silly ways that are sure to have players laughing or, according to developers, feeling romantic. The notion that the game is a romance starter is essentially in the eye of the beholders. There's really no reason why it can't be just a fun puzzle game for kids or teens, too, with no romantic overtones (the music can be turned off, too, if it's a distraction or just annoying). The game's romance-promoting effects are debatable, but one element of this game is a fact: This is definitely not a one-player game. You really need two people to play, or it's just not fun.  

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What's it about?

Find someone to play with and choose the instructions mode first. One player touches and drags one color of squares to square markers of the same color, while the other does the same with different color squares. Then both players hold onto the squares (as squares are still in motion) until the screen turns all white. Most important points: Don't pick up your fingers, and be sure to hold onto the squares for the determined amount of time. There are seven different modes of puzzlers to choose from.

Is it any good?

FINGLE is a lot of fun. It's been described as the app version of the old party game Twister, and that's pretty accurate of how the game feels when played. This is a good game for people who don't like to have to think too much in puzzlers to still enjoy the puzzle experience. It is important to stay focused, though. With more than 50 levels total, it's a fun cooperative way for two people to play on the iPad at the same time. The game is billed as a romantic ice-breaker, but there's nothing outrageously overt along those lines that would prevent it from being just good fun for kids, teens, or adults.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Skills: Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
    Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: June 6, 2012
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 28.40 MB
  • Publisher: Game Oven
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

For kids who love puzzles

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