Colorbind – iPhone Game Mini-Review – Updated

If you like puzzles then the iPhone game Colorbind by Nonverbal is something you should get. However, if you only like the easy ones then stop reading now and move on with your day. As a point of reference, I used to love the Myst adventure game series. Almost everyone I know gave up on that series long before finishing, claiming the puzzles were ‘too hard’. What about you? Are you up for the challenge?

Colorbind is a bit difficult to describe. Their own description starts by saying it’s a “relaxing but challenging puzzle game”. Relaxing? I think not. Addicting would be a better term, and I know of few addictions that are relaxing. The game consists of 84 levels with 10 additional achievements. Basically it is a connect the dots game, but it’s well thought out. Each level will present you with various colored ‘paper’ ribbons on a graph paper looking screen. There will be dots placed around the screen matching each of those colors. The idea, using your finger, is to drag the ribbons and connect the matching color dots. It sounds so easy, and on some levels it is. Don’t be fooled. They get really hard at times. If you get stuck on a level you can reset it by shaking the phone gently. A double tap displays a menu with options for resetting, or quitting the level. While dragging a ribbon, if you turn, the ribbon will fold to make a corner. You cannot capture a dot on a corner.

ColorbindLevel66On levels with multiple colors there is the additional twist of overlapping ribbons. If two ribbons overlap the same dot, the ribbon on top wins. It took me awhile to figure it out, since the game has few instructions, but the ribbon on the vertical path is always on top. You can complete unlocked levels in any order. As you complete one level, the adjacent levels in the level selection screen unlock. Level 82 was particularly fun, and there are two achievements that might get you trapped.

Colorbind is available through the AppStore in a full version for $1.99, or as a free lite version with 10 sample levels. I suggest playing with the lite version, as with any app, before buying the full version.

Spoiler Alert! If you continue reading, I give the solutions for two of the achievements.

A Little Bit Of Help

In the Achievements list you will see an achievement called:

500! – ???

That requires that you cover a distance of 500m. Note that it is meters, not feet. You can check your distance at any time but looking at the Statistics screen.

The achievement that I think gives players the most trouble is:

Network – Complete level 20 with 20 or more intersections.

I had read somewhere that one person tried that 700 hundred times before solving it. I did not take that long, but it was not easy. Below is my solution for the Network achievement. Click the image for a larger view.


Update – A Bit More Help

I have noticed a lot of people landing here based on keyword searches related to the hard level 82 that I mention above. The most common are colorbind level 82, colorbind “level 82”, colorbind hard 82, and my favorite – colorbind solution 82. Here you go:


3 Responses to “Colorbind – iPhone Game Mini-Review – Updated”

  1. Hari says:

    Nice review. Would you like to have a look at our Puzzle iPhone App: Rafter –

    If interested, I shall send you more details with the redeem codes.

  2. Razz says:

    Hi Hari,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your redeem code offer, but I try to buy what I can for review purposes. (Note to Apple: I will accept a loaner iPad!) I can’t say when, or if, I will get around to writing a review of your app, but I did buy it today and will let you know if I do. Thanks again for the request.


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