4cr Plays – Color Zen Kids Wii U/3DS
Cypronia is back with more Color Zen, but this time around they’re targeting their game at the little ones. Color Zen Kids features 100 new puzzles that feature larger shapes and brighter colors presented with an animal theme that kids will enjoy. The Kids in the title makes this a different experience since puzzles are easier than those from Color Zen, which is why I decided to have my daughter play it for the review.
The first puzzle set the tone for the rest of her experience since she loved to mention each of the animals on screen for every single puzzle she played, and she had no trouble understanding the basic rules for the game. For those of you who’ve never played Color Zen, when two shapes of the same color touch, the color explodes and extends to the whole screen, eliminating any pieces of the same color. The only other rule is that the final color that explodes must match the color of the border around the screen.
After playing a handful of puzzles, she started moving around the Wii U GamePad since some of the puzzles are horizontal and others are vertical, and she smiled as the turned the GamePad to show an image of a bunny that was smiling back at her, or of a bear that had a bee flying over his head. She managed to finish all puzzles on Wii U in a bit over 2 hours, and she definitely wanted more. After explaining to her that she had already finished all the puzzles, I mentioned that she could try them again on the 3DS to see if she liked it.
Because Color Zen Kids (like Color Zen itself) is a touch-based game, the 3DS release shows the puzzles on the bottom screen while the upper screen shows the game’s logo. She replayed around 30 puzzles on the 3DS but ended up complaining that the screen was smaller and that she had to grab the system in a weird way to move between the vertical and horizontal puzzles.
I’ve heard some comments about how Color Zen Kids as a game was not needed since Color Zen already offered the same basic premise with colorful puzzles and a relaxing soundtrack, which is why I decided to let my daughter play Color Zen to get her input. The first set of puzzles was easy for her after completing all puzzles in Color Zen Kids on Wii U, but within a few minutes she ran into a puzzle that gave her a lot of trouble because of the colors used and the sharp shapes on the screen. The next puzzle after that was the one that made her quit the game since, in her words, “this is not fun.”
Color Zen Kids knows its audience, and it targets it with colorful puzzles with an animal theme. My daughter had a lot of fun with all 100 puzzles, and she never felt as if any of them were too hard. This release has fewer puzzles than Color Zen, but all of them are tailored for kids and keep things fresh for the little ones. According to my daughter, the Wii U version is the one that wins thanks to the larger screen on the Wii U GamePad and how it was easier for her to hold and turn, but your mileage may vary depending on your kid’s preferences.
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