I thought I would review an Android game this time and to be honest I couldn’t think of a better one to start with. ABC Coloring Town is a game that allows the player to colour in pictures in their own imaginative way as well as going through the alphabet, so if you still having trouble with the alphabet people why not give this game a go? It also has a very nice environment that the camera pans through when playing the game. Even though this game is aimed at the younger audience I’m not going to lie I had tons of fun on it.
There isn’t really a story as such to this game. What you have to do is go through the alphabet and colour in the pictures that comes up. The picture will be something to do with the letter so the letter A could be an Apple, the letter H could be a house, etc. also something that I found cool is each letter of the alphabet had its own little house which is quite nifty. The soundtrack is targeted at a younger audience and can get annoying after some time because it is the same song just on loop in game, but don’t worry you can turn it off in the settings just like you can turn off the sounds of the game as well – not that you would want to as the narrator compliments you after every drawing. Don’t we all love compliments? The game doesn’t really take that long to complete in all fairness but it has a lot of replay value because you can go through the alphabet again but colour in the pictures differently so for kids this game would be really good to buy.
The game play consists of the player coloring in different pictures and once completed moving on to the next letter and coloring that picture in to. You have two painting option you can use the fill option where you click on the imagine and it fills in certain parts of that picture the colour you have selected at the time or you can use the paint brush which has four different sizes so that the player can be accurate with there colouring. It has a very colourful and friendly environment so the target audience will love the game and also it gives the player the chance to be inventive and paint things in there own unique way.
When I talk about graphics I’m not on about how the game looks I’m on about the pictures used in game for the player to colour in. The images have they own friendly feel to them for example trees will have smiley faces on them and kites will to. This is a good feature because of the game target audience it will make the player feel happy. When you complete an image there is a little camera pan of the environment where it goes from one letters house to the other and the scenery is really nice and well designed.
The in-game voice is alright at first but can get really annoying to people after a while. Even though kids that play the game will love it, adults that might be in the same room as the kid on the other hand might get annoyed but luckily you can mute it if you want to. The voice is a kid to so for the kids that play the game they will enjoy it more than if it was, say the narrator off Mortal Kombat.
The Positives and Negative
Unfortunately for this game I’m going to have to write quite a bit in this area of the review. First I will list its good points:
- + kids can be inventive when it comes to how they colour in the pictures
- + the game compliments you
- + meets the target audience brilliantly and also entertains people that it might not have been aimed at
now on to the bad points
- -you can’t choose letters to paint from, you have to go where the camera takes you
- -once you finished the game it repeats itself, going through the alphabet again with the same images. Would have been nice to maybe get some different images in there for the second time round
- -depending on the phone you are using it can cause problems with the game. For example the players finger size; trying to paint and colour in the small area was quite difficult for me to do and wasn’t very accurate and responsive at times
- – the player has to be very precise with where they are tapping for them to get the right areas coloured in
- -lagged quite a lot on the phone I was playing it on
- -when you painted using the brush if you was to paint over a filled area it left a really horrible border around the area you just used the brush in ruining the picture
- – there was time when I went to fill in parts of the picture but it leaked the fill into the background as well. I found these problems on the letters I, Q, R, S, T, U
- – don’t have to finish the picture before moving on
- – played the game for an hour and within that hour the app closed down randomly seven times and when you reloaded the game if you had the music muted before if closed it plays even though it muted. Luckily it saves where you are in the game.
This app in all fairness though was really fun and I enjoyed every minute I was played. There was a few faults along the way but other than that I would recommend this game to the target audience and to people that have kids because I think that kids would have hours of fun playing it. It lets them use their imagination and unique sense of art to complete the picture and progress through the game. Seeing as the game is only 69p on the app store I would recommended it for people to play. If it wasn’t for the bugs and other faults I had when playing this game I would have given it a 4/5 but because of the problems and issues I had I’m going to have to give it a 3/5.
NOTE: I played the app on a Samsung Galaxy S3. The game may work differently depending on the phone used to play the game.
Would you care to see the game in action check out the video review of the game thanks to igameplay1337
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