Colorix [rating: 3/5]
Colorix is a Tetris style 3 ball match up game where you need to match 3 or more falling balls to clear them from the playing area and score those all important points. From the start you will be impressed with the stylish graphics of the game, both from the navigation system to the glossy visuals of the game itself. So does the game-play live up to the style?
The controls are straight forward and you’ll pick them up pretty quickly. Swiping left or right will move the falling set of 3 marbles in the respective direction while a swipe up or down will rotate the order of the marbles helping you control the color matches as the marbles land and any matching rows, columns or other multiples of the same color are cleared and points earned.
Matching lines of 3 marbles whether they are vertical, horizontal or diagonal is relatively easy but as is typical with these type of games the easy options don’t bring the big rewards and so to succeed in Colorix you will need to go for combos, chains and other special combinations. Some of these combinations aren’t as obvious as you would at first think but the Tips & Tricks pages help you out here with graphical representations of the big scoring combinations which include the Ladder, Tower and V combo’s.
You’ll start the game with just the standard colored balls but as you progress through the levels, which appear to do nothing other than give you an idea of how far you have progressed, new special colored balls will be added to the mix for you to utilize. There are black marbles which do nothing other than block your progress for up to 9 moves, rainbow marbles which act as wildcards and white marbles which will change to a random color once you place it.
If you utilize the combo’s well you can soon rack up some pretty impressive scores but as always with the Tetris style of game as the game screen fills up points are harder and harder to come by any you’ll find yourself ending the game with no possible moves left in the playing area.
High scores are tracked both locally and globally so it’s easy to compare your best to that of players all over the world with the global high scores being split into both Daily and All-Time charts. Global high scores are very competitive though so if you hope to get into the top 10 you’d better be ready to bring your game!
Colorix doesn’t change things up enough for my liking and at $2.99 I would probably look elsewhere if you are looking for this type of game. While the game looks great it is lacking in the substance and that would keep you coming back for more.
Price: $2.99 as of Jan 04, 2010 (iTunes Store Link)
Version reviewed 1.0
- Looks great
- Simple controls
The Not So Good
- Lacks substance
- Difficult combo’s
- No multi-player
Reviewed by: Craig Willis
Colorix iPhone Game-Play