We released a game!
This was a family effort. We had the idea for FingerTag over 3 years ago, and after talking about it for a long time, we started development. Everyone pitched in.
BabyChao and Mom designed the artwork. Mom created the artwork files on the computer. Dad did the coding. Berreh and Fire did play testing. (A lot of play testing.) Chao did the music, and overall app design.
There are lots of 1 player app games out there, but what if you want to engage with your child? What if you don’t want to just give them a screen to play on, to entertain themselves – what if you want to play WITH your child?
My daughter and I invented this game because we wanted to play together, and we got tired of playing air hockey. There wasn’t really anything else that we could do together on my phone.
Now, with FingerTag, she can play with me on 2 player, or she can play with her three brothers on 4 player. Or she can play with mom and dad on 3 player.
It’s a fast-paced, silly, fun game. And you can play anywhere, anytime, just for a quick smile or a giggle.
Part of the fun is being able to hit the color item that you chose, and part is trying to block the other player from being able to hit their color.
It’s simple, yet silly, and we almost always laugh and smile when we play together.
We play while we’re waiting for big brother’s band concert to begin. We play while waiting for our food to arrive at the restaurant. We play while we’re waiting for our turn at the doctor’s office. We play if they’re bored at grandma’s house and we need a quick pick me up.
Sometimes we play instead of flipping a coin – if you win, I have to do dishes, if I win, you have to do them.
We were torn over how to release it – whether to charge $.99 for it, or make it free. But, I wanted no ads on the app, so if you’re playing with your kids, you don’t have to worry about accidentally launching an ad. (We will also be releasing a free version, with ads, very soon.)
It was a fun and educational experience for us. And as a bonus, if we make a little money, the kids get to go out for pizza. #winwin
Just play with your kids.
(Warning – you may want to trim your fingernails, first. It can get a little hairy with 4 people all tapping and poking and stabbing all at the same time.)
What apps do you like to play with your kids? What would you like to play with them? And, let us know if you’ve designed an app with your kid!