ColorShift: What Hue is That Again?

Price: $0.99

ColorShift: iPhone App Video Review

ColorShift for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

It’s no secret around here that on our day’s off, we like to moonlight as graphic designers. As such, we’re more than just a little obsessed with type and color—more specifically the latter. We appreciate any game that lets us flex our hue-oriented muscles, and our latest fix has been the absolutely stellar ColorShift, by developer AddSubtract. The app sports an incredibly simple concept to learn, but as the level’s progress, the mechanic blossoms into a wildly challenging gradient mashing splashfest. If that sounds like a good time to you, too—color geeks unite!—then jump on down below the break to view our whole thought on ColorShift.

Concept and Gameplay

It’s not often that we get to say this (and truly mean it) but ColorShift supports one of the freshest and most unique game concepts we’ve seen roll through the App Store in a very long time. The player is presented with a series of tiles, each of which supports a slightly different color. All of the tiles correspond to a single gradient, and rather inconveniently, they’re all jumbled up. As such, it’s the players duty to rearrange them, putting them all back in the proper order to pass the level. This starts out fairly easy, with a monotone color pallet that’s not particularly challenging. From there, things get more complex, as a single color is added while the resolution is still a neutral white or black. Ultimately, the user must match up two different colors, struggling to spot the hue differences between multiple offerings on their iPhone’s screen. It’s a beautiful concept, and considering it’s so simple to learn, we have a feeling just about anyone could play it—from tykes all the way up to geriatrics. We were also pleasantly surprised by the difficulty of the game: What takes seconds to learn can take hours to master. And with a ticking timer counting away your thinking time, it’s even more entertaining.

Design and Graphics

ColorShift for iPhone

ColorShift for iPhone

It goes without saying that the app looks absolutely gorgeous on the iPhone’s Retina display. The colors are vibrant—when they’re intended to be—and beautifully subtle when they’re not. We also greatly enjoyed the number of levels offered here, as there’s more than enough content to keep the average player busy for several hours to come. We do have our concerns about repetition, however: The game concept is not revised at any point during the levels, and though it’s wildly entertaining, some users may grow discontented with it after a time.

Overall Value

We’ll put it to you this way: The app costs only one dollar in the App Store, and if you’re a fan of colors or color-based games, we guarantee you won’t regret the purchase. No matter how you slice it, it won’t break the bank to give ColorShift a test drive. All in all, the app earns a solid recommendation from us, as well as a tip of the hat.

ColorShiftColorShift requires iOS 4.0 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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