Mobile games are fun, simple and accessible, but that doesn't mean they are lightweight or insignificant. They have the ability to bend time and make commutes bearable; they transform idle moments into thrilling distractions. In a new series, CVG celebrates the most impressive examples of this exciting new wave of games.
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Best iPhone games: Colorbind
Colorbind is where papercraft and join the dots meet on iPhone. There are no accoutrements like time limits or an ever-growing feature set here, just an artful set of pure puzzles created from empty dots and thin strands of overlapping paper.
The concept is explained organically, leading you through five or six stages with the simple pop of a filled-out dot. Progress means more differently-coloured dots and increasingly complex zig-zags of colour. As lines overlap and the corners of each twist block out potential solutions, the complexity of Colorbind's puzzles becomes clear. When you change direction, your coloured strip of paper is overturned. Horizontal lines are the underside of the paper, darker and only able to sit underneath vertical lines. Corners cannot be moved across or collect dots, forcing an evolutionary, adaptive approach to each puzzle.
Colorbind constantly dupes you into believing you've nearly conquered its tortuous matrix. Filling out an entire procession of burnt orange dots might well stop you from filling out the cornflower blue blobs, and vice versa. It means that a change of approach is required, half-undoing all that good work.
Developer Nonverbal gracefully hides Colorbind's devilish complexities beneath its papery, understated aesthetic. There are some achievements to collect, but the greater reward in Colorbind is admiring the complete beauty of each arrangement of intertwining strands. Finish a puzzle and you can stop to admire your work by tapping outside the menu box which pops up onto your screen. True Colorbind devotees can take a snapshot to use as their iPhone's wallpaper, should they wish.
Colorbind takes the simple childish pleasure of join the dots and turns it into a complex adult puzzle. It's the same idea - you are constructing a satisfying whole from disparate dots. It is the most taxing of all the great puzzle games on iPhone, and for a piffling £1.49, Colorbind will captivate and confuse for many an hour.
Colorbind is £1.49 on the App Store. Download it here.