Published on June 21st, 2013 | by James Maxwell1
Colorus Game Review
Colorus is a new arcade game from an indie developer out of Russia called Octahedron Studios. Colorus combines addictive color-matching gameplay together with some of the best minimalistic graphics around. The game does borrow elements from other games in the genre, so how well does it match up? Does it manage to stand out as something unique, or is Colorus just another clone?
The main concept in Colorus is quite simple; you must protect your running man from different colored items that are constantly coming towards him from the right side of the screen. To get rid of these objects you must match its colors with the corresponding colors found in the color bar located at the bottom of the screen. (ie. if a red and yellow tree approaching you must select both yellow and red in order to make the item disappear.)
If you are familiar with the color mixing element found in Color Sheep, you don’t have to worry about that here. In Colorus you select from only the colors in the color bar at the bottom of the screen, and that’s it. That means no frustrating mixing or blending, which simplifies the gameplay, and opens it up to a much broader audience. Colorus includes three difficulty modes (Kids/Training, Original, and Hard) too, which means players of all ages will be able to find a mode they feel comfortable playing.
Each round starts you off with just two colors to manage, but after a few quick moments you will find your color bar filled with up to five colors. As you progress further into each round you will also notice that objects start containing more colors, and they approach your running man at an increased rate of speed. While the gameplay is quite hectic, I never found that it got frustrating. Any time I died I knew that it was due to either me reacting too slowly, or choosing the wrong color. Because of this the game never felt unfair, which meant that any failure usually lead to me wanting to play just ‘one more’ game.
Just recently the developers added a huge update to the game, which included achievements and leaderboards through Google Play Game Services. I was extremely happy to see leaderboards implemented to the game, as this game just screams to have them. It’s fun to check and see how you compare to your friends, and how you match up with players from around the world. I thought the achievements were a nice addition too, and they even more replayability to the great game.
I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the minimalistic art style, especially in video games. Because of this, I was instantly drawn to Colorus. Just by looking at screenshots you may think it looks bland or boring, but in all actuality the game has a very crisp look to it, and it is one of the sharpest looking games I have played. The animations (not that there are too many) are smooth, and the framerate usually stays strong for the entire round.
The developers did an amazing job in selecting the perfect color palettes for Colorus. Each round starts off with different colors, and they all seem to just fit together nicely. You might see a vibrant red, blue, and yellow, or a fluorescent pink, green, and black. The palette is always changing, and it’s such a treat to see what colors you get for each round. I have to say that Colorus is without a doubt the best looking game using the minimalistic art style to date.
The one aspect of Colorus that leaves me a bit disappointed is its sound design. The music that was chosen fits the minimal aesthetic they are going for, but it doesn’t stand out as anything special. That’s not to say that the music is bad, but rather just nothing that will knock your socks off. I think something a bit more upbeat could have worked a bit better for the game. Still, what’s here is good, just not amazing.
Colorus is one of the most addictive games I have come across in recent months. The gameplay is simple yet addictive, the graphics are stunning, and most importantly the it is a blast to play. The recent integration of online leaderboards and achievements have added a huge amount of replayability to the game. I highly recommend Colorus to anyone looking for a fun pick-up-and-play arcade game.
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Summary: Colorus is a fantastic new color-matching arcade game. The developers have combined addictive gameplay and beautiful minimalistic graphics into one hugely addictive game. The online leaderboards are one of the games greatest features.