It's not often I come across a game that contains simple elements yet is a complex arcade game that involves skill and strategy. Originally designed for the Ludum Dare 26, where developers from around the world spend a weekend creating games based on community suggested themes, the concept grew into the final product you see before you.
This minimalistic survival game has players control a small geometric figure, shaped liked a circle, triangle, square, or trapezoid, that shrinks with time unless you collide with another like shape or color. However, each level and board has your figure being bombarded by the other shapes and colors from all different directions. As they fly out at you, you must choose how you want to stop your figure from shrinking into nonexistence. Do you collide with a like color to increase in size, do you choose to morph into another and start collecting those, or do you simply shrink to avoid colliding? Decisions must be made instantly and, as the game is constantly changing because levels are procedurally generated along with the music, this is not an easy task.
- Procedurally generated levels with increased difficulty
- Post Ludum Dare game
- Modern chiptune music
- Minimalistic graphics and particles
- Extreme difficulty
Now this might sound a little confusing but once you get the hang of it, Colourless is a well-thought out game that is both challenging and fun. The mechanics of the game may be simple but it certainly does a great job at testing your reflexes as you try to manoeuvre your way around the board all while thinking of when to grow, when to shrink, or when to swap pieces. Whether you survive for a few moments or work your way up the board, it is quite an innovative concept.
Colourless is available to download for free for the BlackBerry Z3, Z10, and Z30 as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook. However, not for devices running OS 10.3. My highest time is 73 seconds. How long can you keep going? Let us know in the comments.