Great! Great! Awesome! Weak! Great! Awesome!
MazeFinger is one of the few iPhone apps that begs the question, why is this free? Whereas most sellers slap some garbage together and charge us $1-$10, ngmoco created a great looking and addictive game and packed it with a whopping 1,000 mazes, then made it free for the masses. To that we say, mucho thanks. To you we say, download this ASAP.
If you still need convincing, MazeFinger contains a collection of challenging mazes and an energy ball. It's your job to guide the ball with your finger to the goal before time runs out. There are five stages per level (200 levels total), and each group of mazes shares the clock, so you must complete them all before it hits zero. As expected, the mazes become more elaborate, and you'll need a fast finger if you want to achieve a high score and move on.
Complimenting the game's psychedelic graphics is a robot voice that immediately says how you performed on the previous stage. If you beat it perfectly, you're "awesome". Screw up, and you're "weak". There's also a few in between, so you'll eventually be "good, OK and great". Upon completing five stages, you'll receive a recap of how well you did, as the voice says something like, "awesome, awesome, great, awesome, weak". It's a sweet touch.
In addition to defeating the game, there are achievements to unlock, Xbox 360 style, as well as the ability to send emails to other iPhone users that automatically inform them of your latest high score. While that's a neat feature, we'd much rather have an online leaderboard so we can see how we stack up against the community.
We're also a little disappointed with the touch screen recognition. It's possible that we have oily fingers (snacking all day will do that), but several times, we were unable to quickly zip through mazes because the ball stopped moving. Since the time quickly runs out, this is, as the game would say, "weak".
Its biggest offense, however, is the lack of an auto save. If you're on level 150 and someone calls you, then you have to restart from level 1. That's ridiculous and something that needs fixing.
MazeFinger is still a cool app for the iPhone and a worthwhile pickup for anyone looking to get their gaming fix. Go ahead and dare to be "awesome".
What's Hot: Psychedelic special effects, awesome robot announcer, 1,000 mazes to conquer, free, send high scores to your friends through email.
What's Not: You must restart if you get a call or text message, no official leaderboard, sometimes difficult to line up energy ball with your finger.