Nov 5, 2015
Mobile gaming has come a long way. I mean, there was a time when it was simply a stopgap… all about time wasting and/or bridging the time when one can get to a proper console or PC experience. Now, we are not only seeing ports of full-fledged PC and console games come to mobile devices, the reverse is indeed true; mobile-first games are getting ported to dedicated gaming platforms.
Pretty cool? Yep. It’s fun to be able to play a complex game during one’s break or on the train ride home, and slip said device into one’s pocket or pause said game to take a call. The options are almost endless.
Deep down, every now and then, I think we all have the urge to give into our gaming baser instincts. I’m talking about simple games, ones that don’t require a lot of brainpower to navigate. You know, a game like Finger VS Farmers.
The premise is scarily simple: one mans a virtual finger on the screen, and takes on a series of homicidal farmers intent on destruction. it’s war of attrition, with the player looking to drain the enemy’s life bar first by gesture swipes.
The more swiping, the better one does. Swiping allows one to attack and dodge, and fore finger dexterity is a bonus. be warned, though: this game is best played in private, so that folks won’t witness the insane body jerking gameplay elicits. There are weapons to to buy, the play is leveled, and device shaking is encouraged. Toss in achievements, family feuds, bonuses and more, and we are happy.
In the end, it’s a silly game — and that is meant as a positive. It’s a lot of finger movement, and that pretty much highlights the main skill required to be successful at it. There is no in-depth backstory, no raging quest… just the glory of dispensing comeuppance by gesturing madly on screen.
In an age where realism are demanded, it’s almost refreshing to see the whimsical hold sway. In a lot of ways, Finger VS Farmers does one thing especially well: it celebrates delightful nonsense, and does so by not taking itself too seriously.
We all win, people, one vigorous swipe at a time.