Once upon a time, back in my school days, boys would play this game over lunch. There wasn’t any money involved or alcohol, so I’m not really sure why it was so popular. Maybe it was the sense of “proving something.” Whatever the reason, there were always the telltale marks on knuckles and even a little blood here and there. Hence, the name of the game was Bloody Knuckles.
On the lunch table, you spin a quarter, and players take turns flicking the coin to keep it spinning. Whoever stopped it was the victim of the slide. They had to press their knuckles into the table while the winner slid the quarter as hard as their could with the intention of slamming it into the victim’s knuckles. The impact often left a red mark. If you got hit in the same place enough, it would eventually draw blood. I still don’t understand it.
On the iPhone, you swipe the quarter to start it spinning. You can play against the computer, or against a close, most likely drunk, friend. This is advertised as a drinking game, after all. Take turns swiping at the screen to keep the coin going. Whoever loses is the victim of the slide. After enough hits, blood is drawn.
Usually, I find blood a fun aspect of the game. Here, it’s almost boring. The entire point of this game in real life is to bring out pain. I just don’t understand why you would trade a pointless game that intends to inflict pain for a virtual replica. That’s all. It seems like playing tag football as adults or no-contact wrestling. There’s just something elementary missing from it.
However, Bloody Knuckles is available at the iTunes store for the awesome price of FREE! So, it might be worth a try.