I learned something very important when playing Colorfall – I have a terrible time remembering what colors appear in a rainbow. Unfortunately for me, that knowledge is about the only thing you need to know to jump into Colorfall, a unique $2.99 puzzle iPhone game that focuses on the ROYGBIV color spectrum.
Colorfall presents players with an empty 7x7 squared game board with one colored piece hovering about the board. The piece will be one of seven colors; either red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo or violet. Your goal is to play your pieces on the board, one by one, so that there are three in a row on the spectrum. For instance, putting orange, yellow, and green in a row would clear those three pieces.
Interestingly, Colorfall lets you go at your own pace in the normal game mode. While there is a timed mode that forces your hand a bit more, you could ponder into which column you want to drop your next piece for quite awhile.
If you’re unhappy with the color, you can even find something near you that is primarily the color you want (like maybe a red apple for a red block), take a photo within the app and the piece will change to that color. It’s one of the most novel twists on a match-3 puzzle game I’ve seen, and can really end up getting you out of some jams when you’re getting blue piece after blue piece.
In fact, the photo mode might be a necessity, as Colorfall doesn’t bother to take it easy on players. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of level or learning curve here, so you’ll be thrust into a very tough puzzler -- whether you’re ready or not. Whether that’s a positive or negative largely depends on your affinity for this sort of experience.
Other than the standard mode and timed mode, there is also a third mode that drops a “colorfall” or all seven pieces onto the board after every 10 moves. While the variety is appreciated, especially given the price point of the app, the original mode provides plenty of challenge alone.
If you’re comfortable with ROYGBIV and you want a tricky puzzle game, Colorfall might just be worth the entry price.