Not very often do we get the chance to preview a game which we feel certain is going to be a smash hit in the App Store. I’m happy to say we’ve tripped onto a soon to be featured, and very addictive, app from our friends over at Rising High Apps.
After receiving a message from @RisingHighApps with an early download code on our Twitter account (@iOS_etc), we immediately jumped into the App Store to download their upcoming game Color Maze. I’m being 100 percent honest when I say after playing this endless tile jumping game only 4 times, I knew I needed to check with my health insurance provider to see what addiction counselors were available in my area because I was hooked in a bad way.
#1 – Head Games
The concept is so simple, yet somehow Color Maze is able to trick you into making the wrong move. Move your tile across a world of white towers and paths illuminated by different colors. Certain moves will trigger switches and tilts to liven up an already lively game. You know which way you need to go yet your mind and fingers are so fixated on looking 2-3 moves ahead to beat your top score and mistakes are born.
A shining example of just how good or terrible you are at this fun game is your top score which is smack dab in the middle of the screen after each game. Once you start Color Maze, it’s hard not to quickly glance up in the top left hand corner of the screen to view your progress as your tile jumps across the screen as you race against the moving board while you attempt to avoid eminent death. You will die in Color Maze, a lot, and it’s so frustrating, yet you willingly come back for more.
#2 – The Thrill of Competition
As I mentioned before, this game will be a huge hit and your friends will start playing it. When you discover a friend has a higher score, it will be your quest to destroy theirs since you know you’re better than they are. Go ahead and clear your schedule after hearing this news since the itch of Color Maze will consume you until you destroy their score. Trust me, it’s the only way you’ll feel better about yourself since the need to play won’t go away until you do.
Once you’ve topped their score you can easily share this information via Twitter. Unfortunately Facebook no longer allows pre-populated scores so you won’t be able brag about your scores directly from Color Maze. This doesn’t mean you can’t take a screenshot and post it on their wall though.
#3 – Customization
As thrilling and addictive as games are these days, the in game customization aspect is huge. Color Maze lets you use the points you’ve collected to unlock up to 24 sweet skins for your tile. I saved up enough points to unlock the American flag (#Merica) and I don’t believe I need to spend my points ever again since my tile has peeked on awesomeness.
All joking aside there are some pretty sweet looking tile skins at bargain pricing. Whether a solid color or multicolor look is what you’re seeking, Color Maze delivers on customization which helps make your experience more unique. These skins will not save you from making errors and jumping off a virtual tile cliff; at least you’ll look cool doing it though, right?
You’re able to collect extra points if you choose to watch ads after games. Generally you’ll collect about 300 points, or at least that’s what I noticed.
Color Maze is super easy to learn and within a few minutes of your first experience, thanks to one touch controls, you’re an expert on how to play. Although it’s easy to play I guarantee you’ll never master it. All you can do is try to get better with each new experience. Sometimes you die within seconds of starting or you’ll enjoy the rush of adrenaline as you slowly approach your high score one grueling point at a time. You’ll try not to peak at your score as you progress but it’s impossible, trust me.
There are ads in Color Maze during gameplay, at the bottom of the screen, but they don’t seem to be too intrusive. You have the option to remove ads via in-app purchase for only $2.99, but I didn’t find them too intrusive as other games I’ve played. I only inadvertently tapped one twice over the hundreds, I told you I was addicted, of times I’ve played this amazingly fun and addictive game. However, if accidentally clicking ads annoys you then it would probably be a good idea to go ahead and pay to remove them. This is one game you’re going to get frustrated with trying to perfect anyway, so you might as well save yourself some frustration if you know ads will be an issue.
We’ve had our hands on Color Maze for a few days now and we’re super hooked. The one touch controls coupled with the simple concept of gameplay makes you comeback for more time and time again. It has a 3 dimensional feel to it which reminds us of Monument Valley but your reaction time while playing needs to be much faster. It’s indie studio creator Rising High Apps has been featured nine times before in the App Store and it appears they’re destine to reach number 10 with Color Maze.
If you’d like to play Color Maze it will be available for download on April 28th in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are in-app purchases available to enhance your experience. It might be a good idea to get ahead of the power curve and get a jump on those you know you want to beat in this game by downloading it as soon as it’s available so you can hold onto bragging rights. Just be careful, it’s ridiculously addictive!!