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Chameleon

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

Chameleon 

 

Players are on a grid where they are trying to capture a flag, capture kings, or capture as many pieces as possible (getting over fifty percent first). The grids are populated with various colors. The player changes their color to the color of those adjacent to capture them. Surround certain areas with yours, and they automatically become yours. The two rules are you have to change color, and can not pick the same color your opponent is. This is a pretty simple puzzle mechanic, but a lot of fun. I am surprised that no one thought of this before.

Chameleon has a wonderful use of color to it. I enjoyed watching the tiles change colors. There are on screen characters who are competing against one another in this Playstation Portable (PSP) video game. I was dismayed to see how sexual some of the female characters are. This really detracts from what could have been an excellent game. There is no reason to have women busting out like that in a puzzle game.

I really like the music in Chameleon. The special effect sounds have a fantasy magical feel to them that are very cheerful. Characters talk about not losing. There is a hint of selfishness in certain characters comments. I also noticed at least one character exerted their authority verbally. To me it sounded like a mother trying to scold a child – this came up when the player is beating them.

One of the drawbacks to Chameleon is how quickly it can be beat. I did it in under thirty minutes. There are not a lot of characters included. Thankfully there are a fair amount of features. Chameleon has some multiplayer modes, and that can be the most fun anyone gets out of this game. I found this PSP title for very few dollars online, and I feel that my money was well spent. I am not big on the graphical issues of this game, and that is the biggest problem with a purchase.

The controls in Chameleon are fantastic. UFO Interactive Games gave the players a few different game play modes. There is capturing kings, getting the most of a board, or getting to a flag first. The rules of Chameleon are simple to learn, but a lot of strategy is included. I had a lot of fun playing Chameleon, and believe you will as well. This PSP game can get addictive because of the game play.

I am shocked the ESRB missed the sexual content in Chameleon. It took me two minutes to find it when I was playing this hand held video game. Color matching, and thinking about how to read the most via the choices available are the lessons I learned from Chameleon. I would really like to see a sequel to this game. The idea behind Chameleon is a really good one. A few tweaks would make this a real winning franchise.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 69%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: Playstation Portable
Publisher: UFO Interactive Games
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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