REVIEW – Color Zen Kids (WiiU/3DS)

Game – Color Zen Kids
Version – Wii U/ 3DS
Rating – E for Everyone
Price – $3.99
Obtained – Review Code courtesy of Cypronia

As Steve mentioned in his review of Color Zen, which he scored 9 out of 10, the Wii U gamepad has opened the door to touch based games on consoles.  Color Zen Kids, the latest game in the series available on Wii U and 3DS, does everything its predecessor did right and takes it down a notch for younger gamers to have a shot.

There are 100 levels of clever puzzles all boasting bright colors, geometric shapes, and animals.  Your goal in each puzzle is to eliminate every color on screen except for the one that matches the screen border.  Using the touchpad, you’ll drag a colored object into another like-colored object.  Doing so causes the two objects to melt into one and paint the canvas with their color.  Whatever other objects on screen don’t have the matching color are left behind.  You’ll go through this process until the final two objects are the same color as the screen border.  This really is quite simple, and only gets a bit harder when more shapes and colors are involved.  Thankfully, the game is never too challenging, leaving you and your children to play and enjoy.

Visually, Color Zen Kids is warm and inviting.  The animal-themed geometric shapes are easy to recognize and boast bright colors.  The levels look great on your TV as well, even though all the gameplay is done on the GamePad.  The music is enjoyable, the best way I can describe it is a soft, techno beat.  I  found it enjoyable to listen to, but unfortunately it is a short track and it’s on loop.  Eventually I just turned the sound down.  Also, there is no sound on the TV while playing.

Color Zen Kids is a simpler version of the highly rated Color Zen and like it’s predecessor you and your children will enjoy solving these fun, animal-themed geometric puzzles.  The game is never too challenging and the levels are simple enough you’ll find that it has great replay value.  Overall, it’s a very relaxing, and enjoyable game.

As for the 3DS version – it plays just as well as it does on Wii U.  The graphics are similar to the Wii U version, but look a tad bit jagged, although it doesn’t impede your gameplay. The top screen is only used as a static display of the logo.  I assume it is because of health reasons for the younger audience, but it would have been nice to play the game in 3D.  Overall, it’s still a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

 

 

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Final Score: 8 out of 10

+ Accesible for children
+ Bright, simple visuals
+ Animal themed for kids
+ Clever puzzles

- Less levels than original game, same price
– Music only comes through gamepad speakers

About the author:

Jeremy’s love of gaming, especially Nintendo started in the late 80’s when his parents bought him and his older brother an NES. Many hours were spent playing Mario and Duck Hunt. Eventually Jeremy graduated to bigger and better games and systems, like the SNES, GC, Wii, 3DS, and finally to the Wii U. Ask him what the defining moment of his childhood gaming was and he’ll answer, “the day I beat Zelda 2.” To this day that game holds a special place in his heart. His favorite types of games are platformers.

Jeremy started blogging for NintendoFuse in October 2010. He started off as a lurker on the forums who won a free copy of And Yet It Moves on WiiWare. From there he realized he liked the forums and the site and wanted to remain a part of it. He was brought on board shortly thereafter and has helped post news and reviews for the past couple of years. Currently Jeremy has taken a step back to focus on family and school. He assists in minor back-end site maintenance from time to time.

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