Originally posted June 25th 2014 on the Seafoam Gaming Forums
After Color Zen was so good, I decided to review Color Zen Kids for Wii U. However, I ended up getting BOTH versions… So for the first time ever, this will be a DUAL review! Let’s see if the kids equivalent is just as good
Title: Color Zen Kids
System: Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (Eshop, also available on iOS)
Release date: 6/19/2014
The main game/story
There is no story here. None at all, like with the first game. It plays the same as the first game except the levels have neat shapes based off of animals
The game has the same art style as the original version. A very good abstract art style that looks very nice and well made. With animal shapes in this game, this game still looks great, for both young and old!
Music and sound effects:
The music in this game, while a little different, is still very nice, and relaxing. On both Wii U and 3DS, they sound equally nice. Most sound effects are carried from the original Color Zen, but that’s not bad. The Wii U wins in this regard due to it’s high quality sound with headphones.
As mentioned in the last review, the goal is to get the border color to fill the screen. In the 3DS version ,the entire game takes place on the bottom screen, using the 3DS touch screen capabilities just as well as in the first game. The top screen still doesn’t really do much, but as stated before it’s not a big deal. On Wii U the game is controlled with the gamepad only, and works just as nice as it does on 3DS. It actually seems a bit more smoother and faster on the Wii U than it does on 3DS, so that’s a nice advantage.
Unlike Color Zen, however there is only one set of chapters. 6 Chapters all based off of animals, and that’s pretty much it. Nothing extra, nothing to do after you finish it at all. At the same price as the original, that’s very unfortunate. The puzzles are more easier due to it’s target demographic (But not too easy which is good), which means experienced players can complete the game in 45 minutes. There aren’t any of the black or white colors, either, which takes away some fun possibilities in levels. With the lack of content it hurts the game a lot.
Unfortunately, the lack of content in this game compared to the original game really hurts it’s value a lot. It’s very short and while it’s still an amazing game in everything else, it’s still very short and not worth replaying, either. I do recommended it for your kids, as it succeeded in being focused towards the target demographic, but not for anyone else. I hope Cypronia puts more Zen games on Nintendo Systems, as they are still a lot of fun to play and enjoy. Both versions are equally good. If you want to take it on the go, get the 3DS version. If you want to play it on a better screen, get the Wii U version.
So due to the fact the game is still as fun as ever, even though it’s a short but sweet experience, I give Color Zen Kids an 8 out of 10.
Thanks to Cypronia for giving me a review code