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Colors! Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @gweronimo and @GeekDadGamer.


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

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Creative

Developer: @Llerd


Players: This is a single player game.


Colors! usually costs £5.39.

Colors! 3D

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Game not yet rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3+ and ESRB EVERYONE.

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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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