Color Shot: Like Bonanza With Rainbow Squirt Guns

Color Shot - Alfonso Marin Marin

Price: $ .99

Color Shot iPhone App Video Review

Color Shot for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’re looking for a game in the same vein as Bejeweled or Tetris, but with enough innovation to choke a horse, then Color Shot by developer Alfonso Marin Marin is just what the doctor ordered. The app’s color slinging gameplay offers a unique take on the action puzzler genre, and though the content is a bit brief, the pulse-pounding action is more than enough to keep a body coming back.

Concept and Gameplay

Color Shot shares a lot of similarities with brick-breaking classics of old, including Bejeweled. That being said, the layout of the board itself, as well as the gameplay concept, is completely different.

Players are given a Rubix-style cube that’s colored with a single hue. Tracks along each side of the cube allow multi-hued bricks to advance toward the center. Users drag a finger along the center cube to aim and shoot a color wad at the oncoming blocks. When colors match up, the bricks disappear. When colors don’t, a swap-er-oo happens, flipping the color of the outside and center block. If players can’t keep the blocks away from the center of the board, Color Shot hands them a big, fat fail.

It’s a neat concept, and one that feels familiar while still feeling fresh. Strategy does tend to go out the window with Color Shot, as the mad flicking of colors quickly becomes more important than strategically swapping hues. I also found the controls a bit finicky, as it was quite easy to swap the wrong color. That being said, the gameplay offered is still stellar, and every bit worth a test drive.


Controls and Graphics

Color Shot for iPhone

Color Shot for iPhone

Controlling the game’s rainbow fun is simple, though as mentioned, it can sometimes be a bit off-putting. Users simply swipe in the direction they’d like to send a swathe, which leads to pick-up-and-play madness, as well as easily created accidents.

The graphics themselves look gorgeous on the iPhone. I particularly liked the subtle neon tones of the game board, and the bright flashes that swipes create. The game is an absolute stunner, and is a perfect candidate for the word “eye candy.”

Overall Value

At the end of the day, Color Shot offers a unique concept on an old, brick-breaking classic. The game’s neon colors are a great facelift, and though the controls can be a bit touchy—and the number of levels a bit small— Color Shot is still a puzzler worth puzzling. The app certainly earns a recommendation from us.

Color Shot requires iOS 4.1 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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