Developer: TCHOW
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

TCHOW Rainbow isn’t the kind of title to show off the graphical prowess of iOS devices, given its fairly rudimentary visuals. It is, however, one such title that demonstrates what can be accomplished with touch screen controls, and offers a fairly challenging maze-based experience.

tchowrainbow7Players must direct a rainbow to each inhabitant of the gray and dismal island that forms the setting of the game. This is done through holding one’s finger to the screen in order to direct the colorful ribbons in the right direction. It’s possible to lift a finger up to re-assess the directional trajectory but for those wanting to gain full marks for completing all secondary objectives it’s vital to keep a finger held down. Further objectives lie in the chance to collect all the stars within each stage, as well as retain the full rainbow by the end of a level.

It makes for a pretty challenging if open-ended experience. It’s possible to complete each stage in different manners, rather than there being one set solution. Indeed, it’s worth taking the time to plot out a route, especially when planning to complete a stage without lifting a finger.

tchowrainbow4TCHOW Rainbow keeps its narrative pretty vague, although some pleasant music ensures things are appealing. Those visuals won’t win any prizes too, and are seemingly a little rough if in keeping with the general theme of the game. Issues also arise when it comes to how vague explanations are as to what needs to be done and why. This is a title erring towards ‘indie’ much more than ‘casual.’

As a purist maze-based puzzle experience however, TCHOW Rainbow does the job well. While 30 or so levels doesn’t sound particularly weighty, that’s quite enough for those keen to work towards the best solutions. More importantly, it’s a title that’s easy to return to when there’s a spare moment, proving quite enticing.


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