Stumped. For the first time in a while, I find myself getting stumped on numerous levels in a game. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time getting better at a challenging and fun indie game. The concept is so simple, yet my execution is so…well…terrible. The app which has me stumped is by indie studio 1Button, where they’re creating apps without useless distractions, and it’s called Bicolor. With Bicolor recently being featured in the Indie Game Showcase in the App Store, I couldn’t resist checking out this app which was released in mid 2014. Although Bicolor is testing my skills, this game is a true testament to their “no distractions” approach to developing challenging games.
Bicolor starts teaching you how the game is played and seamlessly transitions you to playing on your own without the tutorial. There’s no defined beginning and end of Bicolor’s tutorial, you start learning how to play right away. Bicolor begins on level one puzzle one and walks you through a few before setting you off to roam about freely. It’s one of the smoothest transitions from learning how to play to actual gameplay I’ve seen in a long time. 1Button’s useless distractions approach scored some major points with this setup.
Your sole job in Bicolor is to turn your iOS device screen into one color. Numbers in each colored box, which there are only two colors on any level, represent the amount of moves you must make. Eventually you’ll use up all the moves for both of the colors to zero one another out, thus filling the entire screen with only one color. If there are remaining numbers in any boxes and you cannot make any moves, you must swipe the screen to undo previous moves or simply refresh the puzzle to try again.
Where things begin to get challenging is when more numbers are added to the board for you to use. Diagonal moves are prohibited, so you can only move up, down, left or right. In order for you to start using a numbered box of a different color, you must have the opposing colors space in a playable position. It sounds a bit confusing, but the video below will help you further understand this amazingly easy concept.
When you get stuck—well join the club—there are hints, but they’ll cost you. If you use the in-app purchase option, $0.99 will get you 10 hints. Bicolor doesn’t come with any preloaded hints, which is a bit disappointing. This is the first and only issue I have with Bicolor. Up until this point, it has been completely flawless! Sure I’ve been frustrated and stumped, but I can’t blame them for my poor planning ahead abilities—unfortunately.
I feel 1Button should’ve included at least five hints from the beginning. If I’m being honest, not having hints to start with doesn’t seem to help entice you to spend more money in the app.
In my opinion, Bicolor is a pleaser on many different levels. I don’t like distractions in games at all. I need to focus on the task at hand and Bicolor let’s me do exactly that. I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to spark my interest, if it’s entertaining and holds my attention, I’m a fan.
Fortunately for Bicolor I’m hooked and stumped all at the same time. Thankfully you’re able to pick up right where you’ve left off when exiting Bicolor after you’ve made some bad moves and are frustrated. For me, there are times Bicolor and I need some time apart and this feature is great so I don’t lose what little progress I’ve already made.
I’m a huge fan of Bicolor—albeit a frustrated one, but a fan nonetheless. This easy to grasp indie game is something you’ll think you’ve the hang of, only to be thrown one hell of a curve ball, which is great! Indie app development is something I love to keep an eye on and 1Button is definitely on my radar. If you’re an iOS lover, pay close attention to what they’re putting in the App Store since they’re only developing iOS apps at the current time.
Download Bicolor in the App Store today for only $0.99 on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It requires iOS 7 or later and is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
(4.75 / 5) Bicolor is the game you must recommend to first time iPhone or iPad users to get them hooked—use caution!