Chimes has to be one of the most interesting little video games I
have played in a long, long, long time. This app on the Ipod Touch and
Iphone is deceptively simple, but oh so complex. There are five colors
on the screen, and little balls that bounce around. Touch the color that
matches the little ball. The little ball vanishes. SWEET! What happens
when you hit the wrong color? Well the ball gets another layer around it
with another color.
The colors stand out against the black background. Since the bulk of this game is color based, you will be matching and identifying colors are fast as you can in Chimes. The menu screens have some interesting special effects. I was content with what we got. Bear in mind Chimes only costs 99 cents. So I was not expecting the Sistine Chapel.
SRRN Games could have stopped with the colors, and millions of gamers would have been happy. They went a little further with Chimes though. Touching the colors sends off a chime. This chime goes out, and is what hits the bouncing balls. I actually enjoyed listening to the various sounds, and began to notice I could so some neat little sounds by tapping them. This did not always help me in the game, but it was relaxing.
Family Friendly Gaming was blessed with a reviewable copy. There were 23 levels included, as well as an endless mode. I beat the 23 levels in just over fifteen minutes. The endless mode was what gave me some replay value. I should say that Chimes does allow you to replay levels in order to score higher. If high scores matter to you, then you will find a lot of replay value. I was a little disappointed with the replay value personally.
I had a lot of fun playing Chimes. This is a really easy game (err app) to get into. There is a lot of strategy in term of getting as many of the same color as quickly as possible. As the orbs get more layers, you really have to plan out your strategy. Maybe I am just good, but it was a cinch for me. The touch screen controls worked pretty good in Chimes as well.
Chimes reminds me of water ripples in a lot of aspects. The color matching, and soothing sounds makes this an app that families can take interest in. I would love to see sequels to this game ported to things like the DS, and Wii. I will be recommending Chimes to friends, family, and pastors that I know personally. Chimes is the kind of interesting innovation I love to see on the market.
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: SRRN Games
Rating: '4+' for 4+
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