Flinch Is The Staring Contest For The Modern Age

October 2, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Do you remember the staring contest? At some point in our lives it was the ultimate test of skills to see who could last the longest without blinking or flinching. Sure, it seems simple in nature, and that’s because all you had to do was stare and not blink. Not much to it, right? Well if you’re looking for a way to relive some of those moments, Flinch takes the staring contest and gives it a facelift by putting on its own twist to the familiar strategy. Instead of seeing who can keep from blinking, the goal is to keep from smiling and to try to outlast your opponent.

Flinch helps you find friends to compete against whether in your contact book or from your Facebook profile, and then utilizes video calling technology so each person can see each other on screen. The game has emotion tracking technology built-in as well so it can deduce when someone has smiled before the other, and thus giving them the win and upping their score. The game also lets you select random opponents as well so you have no clue  on what might make them smile if you’re looking to give yourself a little more of a challenge, and you can even search for people to play with nearby.

While you can do your best to make your opponents flinch and smile using just your own mannerisms, Flinch also gives you some tools to assist in making the other person drop the ball by letting you use various sounds and photos the other person may find funny. There’s no online multiplayer deathmatches, no quests to complete and no tracks to race on, just a simple person to person game that once held the utmost in bragging rights, even if it was completely silly to brag about. Each time you win you can collect points, and once those points rack up you raise you rank on the leaderboards to see if you have what it takes to become the most unwavering, strong-willed player there ever was. Flinch is free, and if it sounds like it might be fun and suit your tastes, you can pick it up from the Play Store.