For example, move a game piece and use it to tap on another game piece.
So far, I think it is likely antasten most likely (I have consulted dict.leo.org). I would be grateful if a native German speaker or at least someone with experience with application localization would confirm or correct this thought.

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Tap and press describe two different actions, in my opinion. The former means gently hit against the piece and then withdraw, which I would translate with klopfen or antippen. The latter means "apply a constant pressure", which I would translate with drücken.

  • The whole expression would be "auf den Spielstein klopfen" or "den Spielstein antippen". Dec 21, 2015 at 19:06
  • I have to ask my son, the wordings change daily for these purposes..
    – user19546
    Dec 21, 2015 at 19:16
  • Yes. That makes more sense. Ich denke "auf den Spielstein klopfen" klingt am besten. Danke sehr.
    – RJD
    Dec 21, 2015 at 19:16
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    I've never heard "klopfen" with touch screens. "Klopfen" may also imply a few hard knocks, like on a door, which doesn't sound like what one would do on a smart phone.
    – Robert
    Dec 21, 2015 at 23:22
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    "Antippen" or maybe "berühren" (touch) is better. You don't knock (anklopfen) a screen
    – Iris
    Dec 21, 2015 at 23:44

As someone who plays mobile games, I would recommend antippen or berühren. But berühren may sound weird if used repeatedly.

I would advise against klopfen unless you want a series of 2 or 3 short touches (like knocking with a finger), then it would be the term of my choice.

I would avoid antasten it sounds weird, and I never heard it in the context of mobile applications.

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