Teggle tests your tapping talents

First impressions 

Sometimes a really simple concept can make for a very entertaining app, and the Teggle app is a prime example of this. Promoting itself as “a game of gestures,” it merely asks users to tap, swipe and otherwise interact with their device’s screen at an increasingly rapid pace, to see how quickly they can react to ever-changing symbols. 

Anyone who knows me knows I have lightning fast reflexes, ahem, from all my years of Ninja training, so I figured I’d be like Neo from The Matrix when I played this game. After all … I’m The One. 

The image on the Internet didn’t exactly draw me in, but the reviews of Teggle were so positive that I found myself intrigued. It also didn’t hurt that it was only $0.99 to download, with no in-app purchases. 

Again, in a desperate effort to try and drag myself away from blasted Candy Crush Soda Saga, I figured I’d give Teggle a try. I’ve lost more than $0.99 down the back of the couch, so it was hardly an investment worth fretting over. With trembling hands, I tapped the “get” button in the App Store, and prepared to play. 

How it works 

Again, this is quite a simple idea that doesn’t really require much explanation, hence there are no typical instructions. The initial screen offers a list of options: teggle, expert, multiplayer, squared and more. Just in case you think you’ll jump right into “expert,” don’t bother tapping on it – it won’t let you go there until you’ve got a minimum of 50,000 points. It’s saving you from yourself. 

So it makes sense to just tap “teggle,” and go to the sort-of tutorial, in that you’re playing the game, but it guides you with words at the beginning. When you see a circle, tap on it. Swipe to the left on a left arrow, right on a right arrow, and so on. 

It’s a very quick learning curve as far as grasping what’s expected of you is concerned, but like any other app of its kind, it fairly rapidly ups the ante as you go along. Others watching you from a distance might think you’re trying to eradicate a herd of ants running across your screen, as you tap and swipe in a frenzy, your focus narrowing to only the play area before you. 

Either you’ll run out of time, or something else will happen (I’ve yet to figure out what, maybe a wrong tap and an incorrect swipe), ending that particular game, which will then produce a score.

The more you play, the more scores you’ll get, and you can check your progress under “high scores.” Just when you think you’re a tapping, swiping fool, log into Game Center so you can check out the “leaderboards.” That data will bring you back down to earth with a bump. Seems either you’re much slower than you thought, or there’s an octopus out there with an iPad. 

Not to worry – just tap “play again” and work on your skills. 

You’ll also see a tab for “power-ups,” but you won’t have any of these (like extra time) available, until you earn them. 

If you tap on “continue,” it takes you back to the main screen, where you can teggle again, or try multiplayer (playing against up to three people on the same device, or online), or the squared option, which puts the game into squares of ever-decreasing size, instead of in the usual rows format. 

Did I say that there were no instructions for this app? I lied. Tap on “more,” and you’ll be taken to a screen where you can change settings, such as colors and sound, and yes, you’ll see an “instructions” bar that links to a key of what each symbol means. May be best to check it, as I didn’t know that the “X” meant game over, although I probably could have guessed. 

When I played it 

I got right into Teggle, and could feel my head swelling as my hand flew across the screen like a hummingbird’s wings. I fancied I had finally found a sport at which I was half decent. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, I had only to go to the leaderboards to see that I was way behind thousands of others. So much for being the representative for the Cayman Islands in the upcoming Teggle Championships. I consoled myself with the fact that I’d only been at it an hour, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. I would probably be first in the world by tomorrow. 

I found it to be one of those games where you’re exhausted after playing a few times, but then an hour or so later, you go back to it; once the feeling has returned to your index finger. I was determined to be better than the 30,470th person on the leaderboards. 

Final thoughts 

The Teggle app is simple, but very challenging, and if you enjoy playing it on your own, just imagine how much fun it will be playing with others, particularly after a Friday night happy hour. Actually, that would certainly add an interesting twist to the proceedings. 

For the money, it’s great game, and it will certainly keep you occupied if you’ve got some time to kill. Just be prepared for others to stare at you when you’re hunkered over your device, tapping and swiping like a mad person. 

Teggle 

Cost: $0.99 
Seller: J. Van Der Wee 
Devices: iOS and Android 
Rating: E for Everyone 
Three stars 

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Avoid the “X” at all costs.

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You can choose the rows or square format.

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The different menus offer a variety of play options, settings, and a key to all the symbols.
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