Who here misses Whack-A-Mole? While the game itself hasn’t been culturally relevant since the third wave of ska, that doesn’t mean that it stopped being fun. There is a new game out now called Finger Army 1942 that brings back Whack-A-Mole. Except instead of moles they’re fingers. Fingers dressed like soldiers. It’s available in the Google Play Store for $.99. As always if you’d rather watch than read, then our video review is posted at the bottom.
Menus in the game are very simple. In fact, the only time you’ll ever run into menus is on the title screen. On the right side, you’ll see Play, Resume, Scores, and Help. Play and resume are self explanatory, scores displays player top scores, and help is a mini tutorial on how to play the game. The resume button only works if you hit the pause button in game and quite out that way. Otherwise, it doesn’t work.
Once you’re in the game, things move rather quickly. Little battle ready fingers pop up out of holes and players tap them to make them go away. If you miss a tap or don’t hit enough of them, the target meter will drop. If it drops below half by the time the timer runs down, you lose. If you manage to keep it above half, you can proceed to the next round.
To complicate things, there are a variety of enemies. Most simply give you a higher score when you hit them. There are guys like the white flag finger and the medic finger that will actually decrease your score if you hit them. So after a point you have to pay attention to what you’re tapping on. In addition, enemies unlocked later require multiple taps before they go away.
At the end of every level, you’ll be shown your stats. They include your accuracy, score, and any bonus points you may have accrued. The first few levels, there aren’t any opportunities for bonuses. As you progress, more and more opportunities will present themselves.
Levels move pretty quickly. They are typically over in less than a minute, which helps level out the simplicity of the game by making it rapid fire. Players who lose the game or have to start over can get through the beginner levels very quickly. This means that gamers who don’t like being stuck on the earlier levels won’t be. For a Whack-A-Mole type game, Finger Army 1942 definitely stays fresh.
Considering what kind of game Finger Army 1942 is, the graphics are adequate. The enemy characters can be differentiated enough to tell which is which, but similar enough to where you may want to pay attention before tapping. All the stats, meters, and other things on screen are easy enough to see and read.
That said, it is a simple game with simple graphics. No one will be looking at Finger Army 1942 and be wowed by it. Thankfully, the game play is fast enough to where the lackluster graphics shouldn’t bother anyone. When it’s all said and done, it can be said that the graphics are good enough.
This game can be played over and over again. The earlier levels may get a tad boring for advanced players, but as stated earlier they are over quite quickly. This makes getting to the fun levels very easy and fast, so no one should be stuck in the boring levels at the beginning. It helps replay value enormously that players can get into the thick of the game quickly and efficiently with little or no trouble.
For those who do make it pretty far, there is a simple saving mechanism that should help you stay there. If you’re done playing and you want to continue later, you simply hit the pause button in the top left and quit from there. It’ll save your spot and you can resume later. There is even a little glitch in the game where if you do this over and over again, you can skip levels. It counts the level you saved on complete and immediately goes to the next one. This can come in handy if there’s a level you’re having particular trouble with.
With the quick levels and having saved games, that makes the replay value for Finger Army 1942 higher than average.
Overall, this isn’t a bad game. The rapid fire game play mixed with the short, quick levels helps the game progress at a rate that’s both challenging and entertaining. It takes less than 10 minutes to get to level 10 and about 10 minutes to get to level 20. However, getting to level 70 will take much longer than 70 minutes.
When everything is added up, we feel this game is definitely worth the dollar. However, it won’t be for everyone. Finger Army 1942 is meant as a fun time waster game for when you’re stuck in line or sitting on the can. Gamers who enjoy longer, more complex games probably won’t enjoy it so much.
If you’d like to take a closer look, you can find Finger Army 1942 in the Google Play Store here.