Ex-Facebook designers climb charts with adorable game Pinchworm

Funky physics and controls make mobile games fun. You tap against gravity in Flappy Bird, fling on a trajectory in Angry Birds and press to maintain momentum in Tiny Wings. So when two of Facebook’s top designers left to build their own apps, they wanted to bring a new gesture to gaming… and let worms, not birds, be the stars.

Pinchworm sounds simple, but its the mapping of the controls to your mind that makes it addictively challenging. You’re a worm. You fall in love with another worm who’s stolen away by the early bird. You pursue, learning more of the story as you pinch your fingers together to hop over rocks, and pull them apart to burrow under flowers. But since the gestures are horizontal and the obstacles are vertical, it’s harder thank you’d think.

Joey Flynn…

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