Developer: Bionic Boss
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Cobalt Code is like an electronic version of the popular 1978 memory game Simon. Back then, the goal was to tap on four colored buttons. Each button produced a unique tone. During gameplay, players would have to reproduced the random order of flashing lights and colors, with each turn increasing the number of presses.

Cobalt Code is very similar in style, except players use their memory skills to break into three security levels. There are five different game modes, and each one has its own unique challenge and level of difficulty. Regardless of the mode, the game presents players with a blue back lit hardware environment that becomes more expansive as the game progresses.

The five ways to play include quick play, progressive, complete, shuffle and time attack. I personally liked the challenge of complete the best, but shuffle is a lot of fun to play as well because it provides gamers with random codes every round.

What makes Cobalt Code so challenging is that the screen fills with more than just three buttons once a certain security mode is reached. For instance, players will see a square, triangular and rectangle button at first. Each button lights up and emits a different tone. Eventually the screen twists sideways and expands with even more buttons to push.

The style and layout of this game makes it so much fun to play. The futuristic appeal along with the stylish graphics cause it to stand out from other memory games. I particularly enjoyed the sound effects and music as it helped keep the game play exciting.

Cobalt Code was more fun to play on my iPad than the iPhone 4S, as things were a little more cramped. I’m not sure if that extra 1 inch on the iPhone 5’s screen helps any or not. Also, there’s an in-game leaderboard for those players who like to challenge themselves, but there is no Game Center integration to compete with others.

Simon is a classic memory game that brings back fond memories of my childhood, so it was refreshing to get the chance to play a modern version of it on my iOS device. The game is sold for under a buck, so it won’t empty out your wallet. It’s perfect while waiting at the doctor’s office or for long sessions at night while unwinding from the day. Anyone who would like to give it a try first can check out Cobalt Code Free here.

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