Version Reviewed: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Proving to be an incredibly simple game, you wouldn’t expect Discover O to be something that could hook you in for a while - but it does, and it will continue to do so.
The game solely consists of a colored orb. You swipe the orb in the direction of the matching color around the border, and it changes to another color. Rinse and repeat for as long as you can manage. The orb gets steadily smaller the longer you take to respond. Once it vanishes, it’s game over. Similarly, if you match the orb to the wrong color, it’s game over.
At first, this seems pretty easy. Colors are noticeably different and the timer isn’t so demanding, but it soon gets very hectic and noticing subtle color changes isn’t so easy when you’re in a rush.
Discover O offers a reason to keep playing through unlocking new destinations. In the background, you can see a minimalist interpretation of a famous city and you can unlock new places and elements through regular sessions. Every time you wrap up a session, the game informs you via percentages how far you’ve got to the next world. It’s a small touch but a kind of cool one that encourages you to keep pursuing new things.
Discover O might remain a one-note idea but it’s an enjoyable one. You can choose to buy diamonds to give you extra continues mid-session, or unlock new worlds immediately, but that ruins the point of why you’d keep playing. Simply unlocking worlds yourself is the more entertaining way of going about things. It might be extraordinarily simple, but it’s an oddly beguiling title for its short but addictive lifespan. Although, it could really do with a color blind mode as anyone with color blindness is doomed to failure here.