Here at the iPhone App Review, we are all about puzzlers. We love anything that has us testing our mettle against some gray matter strain.
Colorized is colorful, engaging and fun to play. And besides all that, it’s totally free—just the way we like ‘em! For our full review, you need only slide down below the break. Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
Colorized for iPhone
In terms of raw concept, Colorized is certainly original: something we don’t get to say that often around here.
The game tasks players with making all the blocks on the screen the same color. How do you do that? Simply tap, and the chosen block will progress from its current color to the next hue in the circle.
For instance, red when tapped becomes yellow, which then becomes blue, and finally green.
In order to beat each puzzle, you’ll have to change all the blocks to the same shade in the given number of moves.
This varies from level to level, but it can be quite difficult to figure out the correct combination.
This becomes especially challenging when you’re dealing with very large numbers of blocks.
As with most puzzlers, things get more difficult the farther along you get. The first few levels feature small block clusters, while the later ones have whole fields of squares to sort through.
Still, we definitely noticed some patterns in the gameplay. If you think about it long enough, you can quickly learn to “guess” the block color that solves the puzzle.
There are only four options, and in this way, the game is not quite as challenging as you might initially think. For some, this might be a good thing. For others, including ourselves, it does detract from the action.
Design and Graphics
It’s also quite a shame that Colorized suffers a bit in the looks department. The game boards themselves are very basic, offering little by way aesthetic accoutrement. Likewise, the level menu is not entirely clear at first glance: To start play, you’ll have to tap the globe at the bottom of the screen.
However, it can be said that the controls are simple enough. The game is played entirely using taps, which is a welcome change from today’s often bloated puzzlers. Even so, we’d love to see some modern design elements implanted here.
It’s hard to argue against the value Colorized offers, though. It’s totally free in the App Store, making it the ideal value puzzler for a lazy afternoon.
No matter if you’re looking for a simple new game to kill some time or a more in-depth title to while away the hours, Colorized is a solid recommendation. It needs a face lift, but it’s still fun, and easily a value.
Colorized requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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