We're going to try something new here on Touch Arcade: our first weekly High Score Challenge. If all goes well, we'll try to pick a new free app once a week to have our readers compete for fun and glory for the high score.

Suggestions for future games can be submitted to tips@toucharcade.com.

Game criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a free game
  • Must have an ability to get a high score.
  • Should be at least mildly entertaining
  • Player rules:

  • Must reach the high score during the week of competition. (Can't post a highscore you got weeks ago).
  • Simply post your scores to the comment thread
  • Please take screenshots of your high scores, but in the end we'll only ask the top scoring person to submit a screenshot. (How to take a screenshot)
  • No prizes yet. No cheating please. Just for fun.
  • This week's game is Dactyl [App Store] which has recently dropped its price from $0.99 to Free. The change in price is permanent according to the developers. The game is a rather simple one of reflexes. Bombs light up and you're job is to tap on them as quickly as possible to defuse them. If you aren't fast enough, the bomb explodes and the game ends. Defuse as many bombs as possible.

    It's a simple reflex game. (Unfortunately, it may not be easily playable if you are color blind.)

    • arn

      I'm just at 87 right now.

      • YesOkAlright

        I got over six thousand.

    • mingistech

      I usually score about 150-200 on Dactyl... but some douche could easily Photoshop whatever score into the screen grab and take the gold.

      There is no real way to avoid cheating.

    • arn

      @mingistech well, there's no prize, so let's just assume people will do it just for fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • http://vegantnt.wordpress.com VeganTnT

      81 on my first try!

    • Jack

      I'm not great. But got 82 :).

    • Casey

      330, probably enough Dactyl to last me all week.

    • (klondike)

      I got 426! That's my highscore.

    • David Sky

      I'm just an average gameplayer, but was weirdly good at Dactyl from the get-go. It's somehow a match for my reflexes, to the point that I don't really enjoy playing because the games last so long I hurt my wrist. I just got a 643 on it for this; my previous high score was a 622. I bet there are people out there who must have bested me, though, right? Has anyone broken 1000?

    • arn

      @david sky : you must somehow harness this power for good, and not evil ๐Ÿ™‚

    • (klondike)

      Beat my record! Now it's 615!

    • (klondike)

      Holy crap I just scored 1140! It's not a lie I have the screenshot to prove it!

      • gizzrow

        i call bull shit

    • ccspark120

      Oh, well it is not destined for me to be the champion, I didn't get past 120, sorry that I couldent live up to the one above me.......maybe next time though=~}

    • (klondike)

      Beat it! Now it's 1254! No joke!

      • YesOkAlright

        I got over 6000

    • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

      PapiJump and Tap Tap Revenge (choose a song and difficulty level) would be great games for this! I don't see why the game has to be free though...

    • http://www.iphonetests.com/ Q.

      176 on my first...

      +1 Papi'

    • Joost

      wow, my high score is 36 ๐Ÿ˜

    • RotaryKiwi

      i got 274 and have the video to prove it, look up on youtube RotaryKiwi and youll see it there

    • Laurie

      my highest is 232

    • Alex

      just got 1942 bit gutted i didnt get the 2000

      is there some kind of job i can put this weird ability to use doing?

    • luid

      my record is 796

      who whants the pic??


    • Jimbo

      I just got 429 which is my best score. My mate was playing and set the standard at 224 and i just creamed him!! Get in!!!

    • HDogg

      damn i thought i did good, my high score is 834

    • alexander

      my girlfriend has 2005! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • MMN

      My high score is 2238...

    • dactyl god

      i have been playing this INCREDIBLE game all week. I just scored 4367 - i have the screen shot to prove it - as you progress into the thousands, the speed increments are negligible, and stamina becomes the main limitation. my team has followed a rigorous conditioning program to ensure we are able to last well into the thousands. Unfortunately, the game has caused terrible arguments amongst my friendship group. Yesterday, a 'dactyl hater' deleted the game - a glass was smashed in the process. we are all mourning the death of dactyl.

    • http://doobydaba sam

      4652 bitches!!

    • Mits

      Dactyl God where is your high score? Sam i don't believe you!

    • Mits

      **your screenshot

    • http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/nightsauce/photo-2.jpg Danny

      yea i got 1299. the proof is in the pudding.

    • azn

      anyone know how to beat 10000?
      cuz I jus reached 9999 and looks like that's the limit
      that was so gay...

    • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

      time for a new high score challenge Doc!
      Mr. Papi deserves it lol

    • Cola

      I got 2408 today!!

    • DavidHolliss

      Agree with Battle Born, time for a new challenge please, not a big fan of Dactyl personally.

    • jen

      2428... wow... someone got 9999?? shiiiiiiiiet....

    • kvr

      my score is 4003

    • kvr

      i made 4003

    • http://www.gametube.org Titio

      1832 !

    • arthur chan

      I got 692

    • arthur chan

      i liv @ killarra #11

    • Trent Per

      Kitten Jump maybe? you can make millions there

    • KHILL

      i would like to see the screen shots for anyone that has scored more than 2000!

    • as1994

      1065 ๐Ÿ˜€

    • http://oogabooga Max


    • Nathaniel Spaniel

      HIgh score of 1747 - getting higher...

    • http://N/A Mir

      1519 want some proof just ask ๐Ÿ˜€
      My aim now--->2000

    • carloba

      MY RECORD IS 769

    • Vag Bombs

      1092...no one ive met personally has beat 1000, so well done to us ๐Ÿ˜€

    • bobk

      i got 5241 bitches.. beat that!!! took me about 45 mins to reach.. i've got screenshots, can this comment box accept HTML? I can paste it here.

    • Izual

      8005 les bouzeux

      • gizzrow

        bulll shit

    • dewdew

      bobk just put it as your website. ๐Ÿ˜ก
      My first try was 52 ๐Ÿ˜€ Woo

    • castillo

      ive been playin for like 5 min nd my high scores 157

    • Baj

      My score is 704

    • Suri

      score 1368

    • Morgan

      my highscore is 6807.. is there anyone that has ever beaten that??? ive been practicing for a long timee

    • JKL

      On my first try I only got like 86...that's before I realized...all you have to do is tap the bombs at the same beat as they are lighting up...I just randomly picked it up yesterday (after not playing it for about a month) and got 605! I saw in the reviews that if you beat 1000 or something near it you get dactyl 2 free? Is this true?!

    • Brittany

      i actually got 1,933
      all of you guys suck that cant pass 200 hahahahaha

    • http://pwn.com jesus man

      273. ๐Ÿ™

    • Lil Luis

      do you guys use one finger or 2
      and top score is 276

    • Guy


    • Ghirix

      Hi everyone my high score is 2710

    • Frank

      Hey our score is 10000000

    • http://www.games.99k.org/ games

      cool im going to get this game and see what score i can get