Developer: Joe Hillman
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

As a seasoned iOS gamer, I’ve come across color matching games of all shapes and sizes – but none of them have ever challenged me in the way that Illumix does. Rather than taking the often mimicked style of Bejewelled and other similar games, Illumix decides to go a completely different direction. Rather than just moving around the blocks to create rows of the same color, instead Illumix forces you to use all of your brainpower to mix the colors available to you in order to create these coveted rows of identical colored blocks.

To say Immix puts a new spin on an old genre would be a vast understatement. Instead, it completely changes certain “tired” elements of the “match-three” games that we’ve become accustomed to and replaces them with new, challenging and exciting ways to interact with the colors. Players may remember mixing colors when they were younger, but thankfully they won’t have to recall this knowledge thanks to the great in-game tutorial.

Unless players are experienced in the field of art, they may find the task of mixing colors and memorizing the combinations rather daunting. But they need not fret, as Illumix has one of the most detailed in-game tutorials I’ve ever come across. Before players start their game a tutorial video will begin playback, guiding them through the fundamentals of Illumix. If players are still confused after viewing the video they can also take advantage of the text manual found on the menu screen.

Although the game does have a very detailed tutorial, I sometimes found myself getting flustered mid-game. This could be fixed by adding subtle prompts that appear during gameplay. Some users may also find that the design of the app is a little “plastic” looking. Although the game is very playable even with this interface, navigating the app isn’t exactly a pleasant experience.

There are five different game modes available in Immix, ranging from the tense “Time” to the more tranquil “Practice.” With these different game modes, players are sure to find one that appeals to them. The game also has OpenFeint integration so players can compete with their friends scores if they so choose.

Overall Immix is a really enjoyable game, blending colorful squares with very creative gameplay – it’s sure to test the wits of any players who chance their arm at playing it.

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