Pixel Fingers ($0.99) by Pavel Simeonov is a Whac-A-Mole style game where the goal is to tap on each pixel creature as the screen scrolls up, squishing the blobby little animals into oblivion.
This is a simple one-touch game, so tapping is the only action that you need to perform. You will, however, need to tap fast in order to get the maximum score, which is judged in fingers.
Three fingers is what you want to earn, and this is done by tapping as quickly as possible to destroy as many of the pixel creatures as possible before the level ends. Each level has a time limit, which you can see at the top of the screen, and a target number of creatures to smash.
In addition to squishing creatures, you’ll also need to be on the lookout for game extras, like the clock, which will add precious seconds to the timer.
This game starts out easily enough, but quickly ramps up in difficulty as the scrolling becomes faster and the creatures become more numerous. Most of the pixel creatures like to hang out on perches, but there are the occasional flyers to complicate things even more.
As you progress through the levels, a few new game elements are introduced, including creatures in houses, which take two taps to defeat. Every completed level unlocks a new level, and there are five different rounds with nine levels in each one. The rounds all have unique themes.
Though this is a relatively fast paced game, it’s so simple that the gameplay does become repetitive. I’m not sure if Pixel Fingers would hold anyone’s attention for very long, but it is fun to play in short bursts.
The game does not have Game Center support, but it does allow you to share your scores on Twitter if you so desire.
I think this is a game that children could enjoy, and it’d be great if the developer added a slightly less difficult mode aimed at kids. As it stands now, the time constraints are a bit tight and there’s little room for error, so if you’re not right on the ball, you won’t win, which means less coordinated children likely won’t be able to play this game.
If you’re looking for something ultra casual and tend to like Whac-A-Mole style games, you won’t go wrong with Pixel Fingers. It’s visually appealing with bright colors and crisp graphics, the characters are adorable, and the gameplay, though simple, is fun.