Chromixa: One of The Most Unique Puzzle Games of The Year

Chromixa Rating: ★★★★½

Look into the light, then mix it up!

Chromixa is a new and unique colour-blending puzzle game, designed specifically for the iPhone & iPod touch. Like all good puzzle games, Chromixa has a simple concept which creates progressively harder puzzles. A fun and addictive mental challenge for all ages!

Chromixa has to be one of the most exciting puzzle games I’ve played this year with each level giving you an outline and a series of shapes with your task being to fill it, sounds so simple and done to death right? What makes this complex is that you have to fill the outline with the same colour as the line overlaying primary colours (and later on secondary colours) of the shapes using colour theory.

Chromixa iPhone

With 48 levels spread unevenly over three difficulties, Easy (18), Medium (18 again) and “Difficult” (12 levels) you won’t find yourself completing this addicting game any time soon especially as they get more and more complex as you progress. There is a comprehensive help video complete with play/pause and timeline scrub so you can take in the information at your own pace and if you find yourself stuck on a certain level don’t worry you are free to skip any level you like, even choosing a different one all together if you so desire.

As you complete the puzzles you earn points which can be used to unlock mini games, there are presently three unique mini games with gameplay still based on colour theory each displaying the top score with the name entered at that time but no highscore board.

Graphics here are a simple affair with black backgrounds and pure bright colours, a slight rough edge here and there spoils things if you look close enough, though the animation is as smooth as silk which is surprising considering how quickly this game loads on my iPhone 3G. Sound tracked by a peaceful yet electronic happy single song, most would seek to turn it off although fans of The Album Leaf would feel at home here. Sound effects are the click, tick or whoosh affair with the occasional electronic tone, anything more would spoil and irritate.

Perhaps the biggest irritant I have with this game is the lack of multi touch, which I find shocking for a game “designed specifically for the iPhone & iPod touch” having to tap each shape to highlight it then drag it into place (you can’t tap and drag instantly) then having to move my finger around the highlight circle to rotate it just feels SLOW in this day and age of multi touch gestures.

While the lack multi touch spoils things a little, it can’t stop this game being a solid puzzler that anyone up for a challenge should play.

Price: $1.99 as of 19/12/09 (iTunes Link)
Version reviewed 1.0

The Good

  • Simple yet unique Gameplay
  • Can be very challenging

The Not So Good

  • Shocking lack of multi touch gestures
  • A little broken English here and there

Reviewed by: @TylerDurdan

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  • http://twitter.com/TylerDurdan Tyler

    You are quite correct and an edit has been submitted

    must have been my iPhone being strange

  • Simon Watson

    Hi, I'm the developer of Chromixa and I would like to let readers know that the “you can’t tap and drag instantly” comment is incorrect. You can tap and drag instantly – I'm not sure why the reviewer thinks otherwise. The controls are designed to be used with a single finger, allowing the game to be played with one hand. I'll look at multi-touch options for a future update. Thanks to touchreviews for covering the game and I'm glad you liked it!!

  • http://twitter.com/TylerDurdan Tyler

    You are quite correct and an edit has been submitted

    must have been my iPhone being strange

  • Simon Watson

    Hi, I'm the developer of Chromixa and I would like to let readers know that the “you can’t tap and drag instantly” comment is incorrect. You can tap and drag instantly – I'm not sure why the reviewer thinks otherwise. The controls are designed to be used with a single finger, allowing the game to be played with one hand. I'll look at multi-touch options for a future update. Thanks to touchreviews for covering the game and I'm glad you liked it!!