Eye For Color: iPhone Written App Review
Do you have an Eye For Color? The latest app from Ellery Ortiz will put your color comparison skills to the test, as you race a clock, and gigantic explosions in a color-coded puzzle game where it’s as much about your gaming strategy as it is your color perception.
Concept & Gameplay:
In the Eye For Color iPhone app you must solve color puzzles. Blocks of colors are randomly sorted on a spinning level and it’s your job to organize them by shade before the oncoming bomb explosions knock down all your hard work. You can even choose the color spread you are sorting.
There’s also a series of locks in this app on each level. So, if you manage to line up several color blocks in the correct place, you can keep your work in place as the explosions keep on coming. In fact, using locks is the only way it is humanly possible to complete any of these levels, in my opinion.
From the first moment, Eye For Color is a nerve wracking game where only the fast survive. I found the constant explosions exhausting, and thought the app was one aggressive push towards in-app purchases. It’s customary, at least in my opinion, for apps to give users a fighting chance to enjoy themselves a bit before they start forcing them to buy defuser packs and extra locks just to make the game manageable in the least. Eye For Color lacks that finesse. It’s too hard, too fast. I suggest the devs seriously consider dialing the game back a notch so the rest of us have a chance to like it before declining to make in-app purchases, especially considering the app itself isn’t free to begin with.
Layout & Design:
The playing interface of Eye For Color was a bit sluggish to respond, making it yet harder to play. I found the touch to scroll board that the color pieces are on a bit unresponsive. Otherwise, the game is colorful (if a bit predictable) and easy enough to navigate. It’s easy to see your most recent achievements, and it does integrate directly into Game Center. The color difference of the game tiles can get pretty difficult to tell while they are small and on the game board, but, if I’m not mistaken, that’s the point of the game. Thankfully, the larger tiles are much easier to tell apart. But the need to scroll to the tile, double click it to select it, and then move it to the color chart, is exhausting and needlessly complex.
With a price tag of just $.99, Eye For Color is a pretty good deal. Again, I think the app could use some tweaking, but the concept is interesting and different from anything I’ve seen before. With a little adjusting, this game could be a keeper. Or, at least it could be with the sound off, in my case.
Eye For Color iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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