Color Zen Review
- Layered gameplay (like a colourful onion).
- Amazing visual transitions in and between levels.
- Relaxing music.
- New levels can seem initially daunting.
A puzzle game so simple and wonderfully executed, you'll wonder why no one has done it before.
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Sometimes it's amazing how far you can push a premise. Take Color Zen, for example. You are presented with a series of coloured shapes. By moving shapes of the same colour together, you can dye the background the same hue,. This also eliminates the shapes from the field of play. The goal is to eventually reach the colour on the edges of the stage, leaving nothing but a single shade. A simple premise. Some would say, “too simple”, but through some very competent design, fluid transitions and meditative music, the end result is certainly more than the sum of its parts.
This is a game where the video reviews are important to convey exactly what we mean, as the last paragraph probably sounded hokey at best (or you can buy the game and see for yourself).
The word 'zen' is is as key in this release as it is in fellow contemplative puzzler Zen Bound. This isn't one of those puzzle games where your brain is taxed by the problem set in front of you. Instead, the tasks seem engineered to put your brainbox on autopilot as you enjoy the movement of the pieces in front of you. This allows for a calm and relaxing game experience.
Each new level initially can seem insurmountable, with the nestled colours and arrangement of shapes appearing somewhat daunting. But, with simple shaking prompts alerting you to movable shapes, your fingers will instantly get to work, separating the colours and solving the problem.
The abstract shape arrangements play off the calming mechanics, music, and transitions to create a pleasing dichotomy of simplicity and complexity. (or at least the illusion of complexity). Obviously, those looking for a challenge or frenetic action should look elsewhere. But, if you're after something a little different, or a game that can entertain and soothe simultaneously, you might want to put a little Color Zen in your life.
DescriptionDid you know that we just launched a Kids version of Color Zen. It's being featured by Apple right now! Download it here: http://bit.ly/1ga6Dta
Color Zen is a new kind of puzzle game. One that invites you to put on your headphones, relax, and find your way through an abstract world of colors and shapes.
#1 Family Game in the US, #2 Puzzle Game in the US, #9 Overall Game for iPad
Praise for Color Zen:
“...a relaxing puzzle game that you will want to immerse yourself in with a pair of headphones and a comfy chair.”
“Its simple color-bursting mechanic provides an almost tactile response as you collide shapes, and its gorgeous mosaic layouts are cause to stop and savor each stage before proceeding to a solution...”
“Color Zen is soothing, addictive, and simple. What more could you ask for in a puzzle game?”
In Color Zen there is no score. No penalties for failure. Just a simple set of rules, intuitive controls, and satisfying puzzles. Get into the flow with Color Zen.
P.S. Color Zen features audio by our friend Steve Woodzell. You can download the album here:
iTunes Store: http://bit.ly/18tj4Hi
For more of Steve check out: http://www.stevewoodzell.com/
Hey Color Zen Fans! Have problems solving a level? Questions about the newest update? Something look off to you? Check out our FAQ page here for possible answers or to let us know about it: http://live.game.colorzen.net/forums/
What's New in Version 1.7.2Bug fixes for the levels where shapes would be un-moveable or pass through each other.