By Vamien McKalin | Nov 15, 2012 09:30 AM EST
Finger Slayer is one of the most enjoyable and challenging games on the Windows Phone platform, so imagine our excitement when it came to our attention that the game is available for Windows 8.
Finger Slayer is the type of game that requires a fast reaction time to truly enjoy what the game has to offer. While the game works well with using a mouse, it feels a lot better and personal when using a finger.
When the player starts Finger Player, the first noticeable thing is how colorful the game is. It would have been preferable if the game had looked different compared to the Windows Phone version, but it's not a deal breaker for such a simply designed game.
When the player reaction time is too slow and loses his/her finger, the blood that splatters on-screen is something great to look at, especially the angry/sad face of the damaged finger. Strangely, we found these subtle nuances added to the enjoyment of Finger Slayer.
Finger Slayer is not a confusing game gameplay-wise, just simply touch and release the screen and that's it. May sound simple enough, but it isn't when the realization pops in that the player has to stay focused and be prepared to remove his/her finger from the screen before it meets a bloody end after the announcer says "GO". What's fun here, is the player never knows when the word "GO" will come calling, which adds to the tension. If the player removes the finger before hearing "GO", game over, fail to remove it after hearing "GO", game over and a finger is bloody and angry.
The above is just the classic mode, there are two additional modes here to stretch the enjoyment of Finger Slayer out a bit. The first is called Survivor, here the player is required to move a cute little finger across the screen to escape falling blades. The second mode is called Rapid Force, it is similar to Survivor with the only difference being two blades falling at the same time.
While the gameplay is enjoyable, there were problems where performance was concerned, and this tends to affect gameplay sometimes. At times the game takes too long to register movements, which can have the player losing a finger despite having enough time to escape the wrath of the blade. This problem happens quite a lot when using a mouse, but not so much when touching the screen.
Finger Player is fun despite its shortcomings, however, we can't help but feel there are no differences when compared to the version for Windows Phone. It is ultimately the same game ported over to Windows 8 and that's disappointing.
Download Finger Slayer here free of charge.
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