3 July 2020: After 70 hours, Finger on the App has finished
What is Finger on the App? The game has quite a simple premise, really – touch your phone longer than anyone else. That becomes a lot harder when you factor in all the other competition. Finger on the App is interesting since it’s a one time game. So you get one shot to win the grand prize and walk away victorious. Finger On The App is developed by MSCHF in partnership with the popular philanthropist YouTuber MrBeast. Funding a one time prize for whoever manages to win, the amount of which is voted on by the other players.
Everyone who enters has an equal chance, so we’re here to give you the best advice for making the most of that – whether it’s tips on staying healthy during, or in playing the game itself. Because after all, who knows how long a game like this could on for.
The first Finger on the App may have finished, but there is still a chance that a second game could be run, so we’re keeping this guide updated with advice just in case – including news about Finger on the App 2, and the details about who won.
Here’s everything you need to know about finger on the app:
Finger on the App isn’t your typical mobile game, but is instead a one time multiplayer experience, free for everyone to enter – provided they have an iOS device. The aim of the game is to stay touching the screen as long as is possible, and the last one still touching it at the end of the game will win a grand prize.
The only thing is, that prize is determined by other players, and could be anywhere between $1 and $25,000. In this sense, Finger on the App is as much a kind of social experiment as it is a mobile game.
Finger on the App’s App Store page has been taken down since the first game finished, but you can still find details on the Finger on the App website, in case a second game is announced.
The aim of the game is simple – keep touching the screen – but there are some other aspects that are important to remember. Here’s what you need to know:
- Keep touching the screen at all times, moving your finger into the circles that appear on the grid
- You can see where you are touching because the line warp around it
- Your lives and the number of players remaining are listed at the top of the screen
- You can’t currently play the proper game, of course, but you can play in Practice Mode as much as you want, to get yourself ready for the main event
The amount of lives you have is important when playing, so here’s what you can do to get your hands on some extras:
- If you enable Bluetooth and play the game with a friend you can get three extra lives for both you and them
- This seems like a method to get as many people playing the game on the day as is possible
Many people were worried about cheating in Finger On The App, or someone just building a bot that can outlast any human, and that’s what happened kind of. During the 70 hour game, a load of videos surfaced of simple robots being used to cheat the game, but MrBeast and MSCHF eliminated those bots by changing up the formula of the game while it was live. If a second Finger on the App runs, it’s likely they will use this same method again.
With no time limit on the game, if you want to get far, and maybe even win, you’re going to have to take some real-life things into consideration. It’s important to stay healthy and hydrated during, though sleep might be somewhat impossible. Here are some tips to stay on your game:
- Stay hydrated: Make sure you have a good deal of water nearby to drink during the game – a caffeinated beverage to hand probably wouldn’t go amiss
- You gotta eat: Snacks are a fundamental pillar of gaming, and this is no different. Make sure you have some to hand, but also keep some fruit nearby for that natural sugar boost
- Don’t go crazy: There are always some people who take things to the extreme, and good on them, someone’s got to. But these games go on for an absurd amount of time, so bear in mind real life commitments
- Have a phone charger nearby: Nothing would be worse than running out of battery during the game, so have a charger ready and to hand
- Make plans for doing necessary things: There are some things, that you just have to do, especially if you’re in this for the long haul, so perhaps devise a way that you can keep playing while doing those things, whether that’s with help from a friend, or some gadgetry.
After 70 hours of play, and over 1.3 million players, Finger on the App concluded. A number of people won different amounts of money, with MrBeast bribing some to leave the game for $10,000, and in the end he stopped the game and gave all four remaining players $20,000.
The 70 hours were also filled with plenty of other hilarious happenings – whether it was MrBeast calling contestants to try and catch them out, or the evil yet hilarious people who tricked streamers into calling up Siri on their phones – be warned of swears in the video.
Here is a montage of people losing the finger on the app challenge because of Siri 😅 pic.twitter.com/LzEDdASs0D
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) July 1, 2020
We don’t know for sure whether Finger on the App 2 is going to happen – MrBeast’s reputation is around doing quick one-off stunts and moving on. The same could be said for MSCHF, the developer of Finger on the App, who seem to focus on small app-based projects dropping on a regular schedule. You can find out more about MSCHF on their website, however, or download the dedicated MSCHF app to hear about upcoming projects. MrBeast’s YouTube channel is also filled with plenty of philanthropic stunts, and that would be the place to hear about a second Finger on the App.
If you want similar games to play while waiting for news about Finger on the App 2, check out our list of the best mobile puzzle games!