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Colors! Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @gweronimo and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Colors! is a painting game for handheld gaming devices. It introduces concepts of creating digital art in an easy and accessible way. You take on challenges to draw pictures and can share them with others online. You can also play back your drawings to see them develop over time and understand your artistic process.

It was originally a fan-made app for Nintendo DS but was then released in 2008 on iOS, Android and PS Vita. More recently, it has been re-imagined in the following variants:
  • Colors! 3D (Nintendo 3DS) - This version features drawing on multiple layers to create a stereoscopic image that can be viewed in 3D on the upper screen. It also has support for local multiplayer, enabling several people to collaborate on a single drawing.
  • Colors! Live (Nintendo Switch) - bundled with a SonarPen stylus (available here) that connects by cable into the headphone jack and offers pressure-sensitive drawing. It adds a new game mode called Colors Quest that challenges you to spend a little time each day on painting using varying themes and rules. You get rewards as you progress and improve over time.

More info on how to get this game and its accessory stylus can be found on the community website which also has an online gallery with literally millions of user-created artworks that can be re-played to study how they were created.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS Vita, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative

Developer: Llerd (@Llerd)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Colors! usually costs £5.39.
 

Colors! 3D

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £5.39
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Colors! Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Llerd) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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