Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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Rainbow Friends is a candy colored matching game that looks something like a safari staged by Willy Wonka and Andy Warhol. This is a color matching game that has much more to it than just matching three items of some color together. In this game, players have to match colors in the order that they appear on rainbows; or to put it more scientifically -- in the order of the spectrum of visible colors.
Players may remember, R.O.Y.G.B.V., the pneumonic device that help people remember the order of colors in the spectrum. In Rainbow Friends, players can only match items to a color that is next to it on the spectrum of color. Blue can only be matched with green or violet, orange can only be matched with red or yellow, and so on. The colored items players will be matching in this game are a veritable who's who of the african animal kingdom. Orange red monkeys, yellow giraffes, green rhinos, blue hippos, violet elephants, and the occasional rainbow maned lion actin as a wild card round out the cast.
Players can start by tapping any of the animals on screen and then build sequenced chains of rainbow ordered colors by tapping the next animals in the chain. When the chain is complete, the player presses the paw print at the bottom of the screen and the chain is removed from the board allowing more animals to fall down from the top. Each game has a time limit and larger matched chains will put more time back on the timer. The player has until the timer reaches zero to make as many chains for as many points as they can.
The gameplay is simple, but not as simple as matching the same colors together. Building chains in the right order can be difficult. Luckily there is an onscreen guide that lets the player know which color animals match with the animal they currently have selected. The visuals are very bright, colorful, cheerful, and not too overly cutesy for being rainbow colored. This is a unique matching game with a different kind of pace and puzzle fans will enjoy it.