FingerHop Lite is the free version of FingerHop, an iPhone app that costs 99 cents. I decided to download this app because the gaming concept seemed interesting and new, and the developer made the game sound fun. Also, I saw that the app received plenty of positive ratings.
The player’s purpose is to use his or her fingers as “feet” on this iPhone version game of hopscotch. The player has to tap one at a time on the white numbers and tap similarly colored blocks at the same time. The game is actually quite easy at the beginning, and even though I was not expecting a heart-pounding and exciting game, that is what I got. The excitement comes mostly from the time pressure: you have to tap on the numbers as fast as you can before the time runs out, or the game is over. If you tap on the wrong numbers or in the wrong sequence, then you lose one life point. You get three at the beginning of the game, but it is easy to lose track of them because you have to concentrate on tapping the numbers correctly.
The graphics are actually quite good even though they are simple. The animation is supposed to simulate a playground with hopscotch numbers drawn on the ground. The graphics designer has done a good job of creating graphics that imitate real life quite well. Also, the simplicity of the graphics does not take away from the gameplay. Instead, the simplicity might actually make the gameplay better.
Even though this is the lite version, there are plenty of levels included. I have played lite versions before that only included one level of the full game. When I first played FingerHop Lite, I thought that the game was too short, but I didn’t realize that I had only three life points. When I played the game again, I was able to reach a higher level. Perhaps the biggest difference with the lite and full versions is that in the former there are no bonus life points if the player gets many points during gameplay. That means that if you want to get to a higher level, you have to start from the beginning and make sure that you do not lose any life points.
All in all, I would highly recommend FingerHop Lite. In fact, I would even venture to say that I would purchase the full version based on this lite version alone.