Bam Fu Review

Bam Fu Review

Jul 30, 2013

OKay, I have to say Bam Fu can be a really fun game to play with a few people. The smaller the screen the more difficult it can actually be. The idea behind the game is to get all of the pebbles on the screen to be your color. To win, the person who changes all of the pebbles in their color takes the cake. I know that sounds easy, but it’s all out war.

In the beginning of a match, the layout of the pebbles can be chosen. Even though there are only a few on the screen, it isn’t all that easy to get them to change to a single color. Be quick. If playing a dual player match, the pebbles are random colors. There are also some pebbles that change colors making it harder to have all of the colors match.

bam-fu-11To play with more than two players, the three and four player level needs to be unlocked. To unlock it, there is a cost of 99 cents.

Playing a dual with more pebbles on the screen will give you better odds of not getting smashed knuckles from trying get that last pebble to change. Due to the feverous tapping on the screen, try not to smash the screen or it might end up being a really bad day.

The game is really responsive and the pebbles change color with a light tap. There really isn’t too much to the controls other than quick taps of the screen but the controls do what they need to do well. Bam Fu is one of those games to pull out when there are a few people around, maybe waiting in line for something and have at it. Play around with some of the different configurations to make the challenge fun for everyone.

Finger Wars Review

Finger Wars Review

May 19, 2011

The whole of the human race is locked in a never ending struggle for power. Men and women alike clamour after supremacy, after the right to call themselves the greatest human being who has ever lived. In the old days, such titles were decided on the battlefield, the winner crowned by the amount of blood they had shed or lands they had conquered. Thankfully though, we’re a far less brutal sort nowadays, and we have apps like Finger Wars to decide who’s top of the shop.

Finger Wars is a game of speed and, well, that’s about it really. At the start of play, the screen is split evenly, pink and blue, and you and a human opponent have to tap your side as quickly as you possibly can. And that’s it. Perhaps Tapping Wars might have been a more apt name.

There’s no single player campaign, because that wouldn’t work. There’s no alternate modes or online multiplayer, because they wouldn’t work. Finger Wars is the same thing, over and over and over and over and over again, until someone gets bored, breaks a finger or pushes a digit through the touch screen on your phone.

In the end though, that doesn’t really matter. Finger Wars shouldn’t work, it shouldn’t be any fun, but it somehow manages to draw from within itself a bizarre, almost ethereal playability. As casual games are to mainstream, so called core titles – a distillation of contemporary and archetypal videogame tropes into a simplified, delicious liquor – so Finger Wars is a further refinement. This is a single, concentrated drop of bare bones, multiplayer gaming, and it just works.

Finger Wars may be as shallow as an empty paddling pool, but what it offers shouldn’t be considered in terms of content, but in terms of experience. It’s a party game, and with the right atmosphere and situation, it’s as much fun, albeit for a briefer period, as anything the world of console gaming has to offer.