Cheap Shot: Colorbind

One great thing about the iPhone is that it allows you to play with paper without the paper cuts. Had Colorbind been released as a physical toy, it would likely have rivaled Toyota in recalls due to injuries. However, in digital form, this mind-bending puzzler about folding paper strips over colored dots is extremely engaging.

The gameplay concept is pretty simple to wrap your mind around, but very hard to master. Each time you change the direction of the paper, it folds to the other side, which is either dark or light. Dark sides go over light sides and vice versa, and the same two sides cannot pass through each other.

In order to fill in the colored dot correctly, the proper strip must be on top. Folding over a dot blocks it off from being filled in, so you must find a way to maneuver around them and only fold in blank areas.

Zen unbound.

Dragging colored paper over dots to fill them sounds like an easy task, but this developer has structured the puzzles in ways that are deceivingly challenging. For example, some give you multiple strips and tons of dots with nothing to start off of, while others have a preset strip laid out that has to be worked around.

There is a lot of content to be found, with 84 twisting levels across three difficulties. The learning curve is quite steep, and the game gets extremely challenging after the first couple of levels. The shallow tutorial doesn’t fully explain all of the game’s intricacies, either. However, puzzle lovers who stick with it will be rewarded with one heck of a time sink.

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