Color Switch

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Absorbing obstacle game is more fun than frustrating.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple controls but hard to master; requires fine motor skills and control.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Ads scroll on the bottom of the game screen. Sometimes a full-screen pop-up ad for other apps appears between rounds. Players can come back every 12 hours to spin a wheel and "win a prize." Players can "shop" with points to change the shape of the ball and unlock challenges.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Color Switch is a fast-paced, obstacle-course game that's simple enough for kids to play but that many adults will find challenging, too. As multicolored geometric shapes spin, players use one finger to tap a colored, bouncing ball through the shapes' matching colors. There are at least six modes with more than 25 levels in each mode, and users can connect through Game Center. Every 12 hours, players are given a reward, which encourages daily play, and ads scroll and pop up regularly. At the time of writing, there's no privacy policy available.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjozcarne October 3, 2016

Kids game with porn attached

Very disappointed with the makers of this game allowing porn to be attached to such an app. It seemed to be a great game, but the other day when my son opened t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFun2PlayGamez July 30, 2016

Challenging

This is a really good app. I had this game for a couple months and I beat around 500 levels. This game is challenging and expect to fail a LOT. I wouldn't... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 3, 2016

This is a really fun app.

This is a great app. It has many different gamemodes and has a basic plot not too complicated for little ones. This game is VERY addicting though. It is not th... Continue reading

What's it about?

Tap the play icon in the center of COLOR SWITCH's main page, choose your game mode, and then begin to tap the ball with one finger to move it upward and through the spinning obstacle shapes by matching the ball's color to the portion of the shape that it will touch when bounced higher. Use a lighter tap to hover the ball while waiting for the correct color, and tap harder to move the ball forward. Players can "shop" with points to change the shape of the ball and unlock challenges.

Is it any good?

Though simple, it's a focused, fun obstacle game that's easy enough for older elementary school-age kids to play but difficult enough that parents can play, too. The game is visually captivating with a hip soundtrack, and, with numerous levels and modes, it could take weeks or months to begin to get bored; the bigger concern is whether kids will play it too much before they get tired of the bouncing ball and swirling colors and shapes. Ideally, the developer would offer an in-app purchase option so parents could get rid of the ads, which are distracting and targeted at adults. Also, it's troubling that there's no privacy policy, even though there's no personal information required to play. If the ads and lack of policy don't stop you, it's fun enough and worth the time and occasional frustration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between being absorbed in a fun game like this and playing it compulsively. Why would the game maker give players "rewards" for coming back every 12 hours?

  • Talk about the highs and lows of this game, and use it as an opportunity to practice perseverance, acceptance, and laughing off frustrations. Play this game together, and let your kid see how you react to the excitement of making it through the levels and the frustration of crashing the ball into some of the obstacles.

App details

For kids who love puzzle apps and games

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