Kolo's Journey

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Rhythm game too repetitive to keep the fun going.

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The game controls are simple to learn, but the mechanics aren't as smooth as they could be. It's easy to miss the first beat of the song if it's too close to the beginning of the timeline, and some of the tones are too quiet to compete with the music unless the volume is high. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kolo's Journey is a rhythm/memory game that is reminiscent of the early electronic game Simon. The game plays a series of six tones paired with blinking colored discs. Your job is to repeat the tones from memory, while matching the rhythm of the tones as well. If you touch the wrong sequence, or stray too far from the correct rhythm (which can be seen on the screen), you'll need to try again. Complete the sequence correctly to move on to the next level. The higher levels use more colors/tones, creating a higher difficulty.

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Is it any good?

KOLO'S JOURNEY has a simple premise, and those who enjoy rhythm and memory games will probably enjoy the app. Unfortunately, it never really deviates from the formula. It gets slightly more difficult as you progress, but it still feels like nine very long levels of the same game (each level has multiple sub-levels). Although each sub-level has six beats to remember, the length of the background music is longer. If you make a mistake, you need to wait for the music to play out, and then sit through it again while you try to memorize the correct moves. Also, the game sometimes plays a beat (or two) before the sub-level has properly loaded, ensuring that you have almost no hope of properly completing it the first time through. If simple rhythm/memory games are your thing, this inexpensive app will entertain. Otherwise, there are better games in the genre.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: January 25, 2011
  • Category: Music Games
  • Publisher: Trey Smith
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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