Chroma Circuit Review
- Simple controls and matching aesthetic design, beautiful to see.
- No real game features that match an iPhone audience (not even a pause/menu button).
Chroma Circuit is a genuinely interesting puzzle concept re-done for the iPhone. What it isn't is something that will absorb your time, because it feels more like an extended IQ test than a game.
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Some games are never truly "finished"; some games suffer from finishing touches never being applied; Chroma Circuit is a puzzle game for the iPhone from Bowler Hat Games that should have spent more time in development, because what's left is certainly half-completed and feels more like a test version of a grander idea.
Chroma Circuit (as the name uncannily implies) relies on you creating a path of matching colors using the rotating blocks arranged in each level. Or more precisely, ensuring that every piece touches another piece of the same color. This is done by touching a piece and dragging left or right to rotate the piece (and subsequently increasing the move counter). Sadly the controls are imprecise and the rotation animation is so jerky that it's hard to tell what direction you moved it in.
Worse still is the lack of any concession to the fact that this is actually a game for the iPhone (or indeed a game at all). Highscores are only saved once all 30 levels are completed and no way to select previously completed levels is presented. New games will erase the progress of a game already started, rendering the continue button as nothing more than a glorified "pause".
The puzzles themselves are genuinely intriguing and the concept is simple and could be an addictive puzzle game with some very simple changes. However, this is the game as uploaded and as such Chroma Circuit is "finished".
DescriptionBrain bending! Rotate connected pieces and match all the colors in 30 levels in this challenging puzzler! Chroma Circuit seems easy at first, but find yourself addicted when levels start getting bigger and new types of pieces are introduced. Transfer pieces move colors across the screen to new locations, and bombs explode when you match them with the wrong color!
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What's New in Version 1.4Updated rotation controls to use a circular drag gesture. If you had trouble with the controls before, this should make a lot more sense.
Added new Quick Play mode. A level select screen allows you to pick any level that has been unlocked. When you complete a level, the next one will become available.
The old game mode where you play through all 30 levels beginning to end to earn a high score is now called Marathon.