BrickColor: A Board-Game-Action-Puzzler That is Hard to Describe, Yet Fun to Play

BrickColor - Philippe Auriach

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BrickColor iPhone Video App Review



BrickColor for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’re looking for a new and interesting iPhone puzzler app, BrickColor, by developer Philippe Auriach & Timothée Alby, is head-and-shoulders above a lot of other free-floating iPhone apps—especially in the difficulty factor. The iPhone app features a unique game concept that offers endlessly engaging gameplay at a super-low price: Zero dollars and zero cents.

Gameplay

After performing this iPhone app review, I found BrickColor’s gameplay a bit hard to peg: If anything, I’d label it a digital board game. The game presents you with a large, square grid covered in different colored tiles. The game starts you off with the top-left tile. Along the bottom of the app are six color blocks—clicking any of which will change the aforementioned tile. Change it to a different color, and any matching (and touching) tiles will change together. You’re supposed to keep up in this way until, eventually, the entire board is one uniform hue, like a Rubix cube. However, the game caps you with a maximum number of moves, or even a move-limit and a timer in Time Attack. This means you’ll have to think hard about each move to maximize your land-grab.

The game is very fluid, and I found the play concept particularly challenging. It’s a real pickle to solve the puzzle in either the time allotted or the moves given, especially on some of the larger puzzles where its easy to accidentally waste a few moves. At times, the game even felt too hard, as I had barely cleared half a level when the timer kept running out. Thankfully, you’re given multiple grid sizes and two game modes to work through. This creates a lot of gameplay, even if often times the gameplay is hair-tearing hard.

 

Design

BrickColor for iPhone
BrickColor for iPhone

There’s a lot to love about BrickColor’s design: It features a great set of lens-flared buttons in the menus, as well as a simplistic user interface. The thing looks great on the iPhone’s Retina Display, and both learning how to play and actually playing were a breeze. However, there are a few touches that might have been worth a redo, most notably the game-board itself.

The sharply-colored swatch patches that allow you to change the board’s hues looked very rough to my eye, as did the board. I feel like a wood-block metaphor would go a long way in BrickColor’s visual appeal.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, though, BrickColor is one-hundred percent free in the app-store. This means you can have all the fun, color-wheel entertainment offered here at no charge. BrickColor offers a wealth of good (and bloody hard) gameplay with a unique twist, a decent design, and full Game Center integration, earning it a full recommendation from us.

 

BrickColor iPhone app review requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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