And so to Dragon Finga, a game that my brain insists on calling Finga Ninja. Actually, it looks like there was a Finga Ninja, but it was renamed Combo Kung Fu. What’s wrong with Finga Ninja, people?
Anyway! Dragon Finga is available as a free App Store download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and it’s completely and utterly… fine.
In a nutshell, Dragon Finga is a survival fighting game, and the aim in each round is simply to dispose of as many enemies as possible before the time runs out, or – more realistically – your health hits zero.
You can increase the Dragon Finga clock by unleashing special attacks, while fruit boosts your health bar. Simple.
In terms of controls, a tap left or right attacks in that direction, while jumping is achieved by drawing a line from the character to wherever.
Needless to say, Dragon Finga features the obligatory freemium shop system, though thankfully there’s not much in the way of strong-arming here; you can enjoy most of the game without spending a penny.
Specifically, in-game coins are used to boost character attributes: health, power and defense, while green gems unlock new characters and levels, and also let you continue when your health – or the timer – runs out. Both coins and gems are found in game, and also awarded for completing missions.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Dragon Finga summed up in two hundred words or so. But is it worth checking out?
Starting with the positives, Dragon Finga looks great, and there are various – and indeed varied – characters and levels to invest in. And, of course, it’s free to play.
But quickly onto the negatives, the action generally moves too fast to be able to appreciate how nice the backgrounds look. That mind sound like an odd complaint, but your hands will invariably be all over the screen, tapping and swiping at a million miles per hour. It almost looks too good for what it is.
The Dragon Finga controls are a tad weird, too, though it’s possibly the ragdoll physics more so than the actual touch controls – if that makes sense. Specifically, the way the character flies around, it feels like fighting with a strand of wet spaghetti.
I have a few other minor gripes, such as having to navigate through menus to manually collect coins (just tell me when I’ve unlocked them, huh?), but on the whole Dragon Finga is entirely ok.
- Looks good
- A handful of varied locations with unique enemies
- A handful of different characters to invest in
- The visuals are almost lost on such a frantic game
- The spaghetti ragdoll problem
- Having to navigate and click to collect coins
Summary: Dragon Finga is an interesting survival fighting game with its heart in the right place. And hey, it’s free, so you’ve nothing to lose by checking it out.
Developer: Another Place Productions Ltd
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.