I’m tired of games with color palettes that consist of gray, browns and blacks. I think most other gamers share the same distaste. Games like Ni No Kuni, Okami and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker are some of the most memorial games because of their use of vibrant colors. The color palettes of most mobile games seem to be constantly torn between either simplistically bland colors or overcompensating “gritty” realism. Where’s the humble, cutesy vibrancy? Oh, it has been hiding inside a sheep! Wait… what?
In Color Sheep, you control the color-changing ability of a sheep named Sir Woolson. He’s the Knight of Light and in charge of banishing the evil wolves that have invaded his world in an attempt to steal all the pretty colors. They want the color, and Woolson is going to give it to them, hard!
Color Sheep (iOS [Reviewed], Android)
Developer: Trinket Studios
Publisher: Trinket Studios
Released: February 21, 2013
MSRP: $0.99 [Buy Now]
See, despite being a knight, Woolson doesn’t have a sword and shield. Knights of Light don’t need them! Woolson has the ability to blast color beams at his enemies, but there’s a catch. The color beams he fires won’t harm an enemy unless it’s the same color of his wool. Lucky for Woolson, he isn’t bound by the shackles of normal sheep and he is able to change the color of his wool to one of over twenty color combinations. That’s where the game gets technical.
At its heart, Color Sheep is an arcady reflex-memory game. Wolves aggressively trot at Woolson from the right of the screen and Woolson must change the color of his wool to match the wolves as they appear. Changing colors is done by pressing or swiping the color buttons on the right and then altering their intensity by either pressing the dark or bright buttons on the left.. Things start out simple enough when the wolves are bright blue or dark green, but before long you have to worry about yellows, blacks, grays, cyans, magentas, and more.
When the wolves start piling up and the colors become more demanding, it’s easy to lose your train of thought and get overrun. One bite kills Woolson, so you have to stay on your toes. Color Sheep features a surprisingly diverse control layout that looks simple, but is far deeper than meets the eye. Excluding the reset color button, there are only five you have to worry about, and while changing to the more advanced colors might seem daunting at first, it’s really not. You just have to get into the habit of quickly tapping, sliding, and memorizing which colors make up the one you need.
If anything, the entertainment is cut short by the repetitive nature of the game, but mobile games are rarely meant to be played as more than a time-killer, and Color Sheep is perfect for that. I do feel that the story of Woolson and the wolves was never really explained in the game and everything I know about the sheep’s trouble I read on the official site and viewed in the trailer. If you just pick up the game, you’ll just start basting away wolves without a second thought, but I think the story is at least interesting enough to expand upon.
Color Sheep is a simple, cute and addicting mobile game that’s perfect for playing in short bursts. Thanks to its control scheme and hectic nature, you’ll always find yourself on your toes but never held back by popular touchscreen nuisances. Color Sheep is not just another sheep in the herd, but an adorably addictive and noble first endeavor by Trinket Studios that should be given a chance by fans of color everywhere.