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Fingle your friends: The iPad just got too intimate

Here's how to get romantic with you, someone else, and an iPad; Fingle is ready to play.

Scott Stein Editor at Large
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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Hands-on with touchy-feely new iPad game, Fingle
Watch this: Hands-on with touchy-feely new iPad game, Fingle

Valentine's Day approaches, and in case you're one of those odd ducks wondering about the Most Intimate iPad Game, here's your slam-dunk recommendation: Fingle. Based on my time with it here at the office, it's earned nothing but awkward blushes.

Fingle's an iPad-only app because you wouldn't have enough finger room on an iPhone or iPod. It's basically Twister with fingers: two players place one hand each on the iPad and put their fingers on the spaces indicated, then start slipping and sliding around the board as indicated. Stay long enough on the target and you get to go to the next level, accompanied by a Barry White-esque loud exhale.

This app knows what it's doing. Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

The style is all '70s raunchy: orange and red swirls, throbbing funk, and plenty of innuendo in the motions and the instructions. Nothing overt, but this is absolutely, positively intended for flirting purposes. Twister-innocent, this isn't.

Touching will occur. Julie Rivera/CNET

I tried a few rounds at the office with the only person who was willing to give it a shot: our own Joseph Kaminski, who's a good sport and unafraid of some office intimacy. Joe and I played until it got too uncomfortable; actually, I backed out after round seven or so...Joe was ready to keep going. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean (shot by Julie Rivera, who wisely decided not to play).

Fingle is 99 cents, which makes it the cheapest Valentine's Day gift this side of a pack of gum. It's available now in the App Store. I don't know if it'll make the best iPad games list, but it's certainly won points for novelty.

Next up, I need to try this out with my wife. If I can get the image of Joe's fingers out of my head, that is.