A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to think critically and develop spatial reasoning skills. Since there are no time limits or competitive constraints, kids are free to experiment, take risks, fail, and find the right solution in their own time. Working spatial puzzles like OverColor can boost geometric-thinking skills that help kids in math, science, and problem-solving.
Ease of Play
No hints. No scores. No time limits. No instructions. The beginning level starts easy with two patterns and advances to up to five patterns.
Products & Purchases
No logo links are visible from within the app, but the info page, which is protected by a swipe-lock screen, features links to other apps.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that OverColor is pretty simple in concept and design. No directions or hints or ads distract players. Kids just jump right in to solving the puzzles, and, after a screen of praise, move right into the next puzzle. They can choose the level of challenge -- from two overlying patterns for beginners up to five overlying patterns at the most advanced level. It's simple enough for kids to pick up on, yet challenging enough to pull parents in, too.
Is It Any Good?
The concept is so simple that there's not much not to like. The background music can't be turned off within the app, but it can be muted on the device. Some players may long for a timer or score tracking of some kind to increase the competition. There are no instructions, so kids will need to know what they're doing or apply some critical-thinking skills to figuring out what to do. The internal satisfaction for completing a level is its own reward, and not having to worry with a timer gives players time to think and take risks and then try again with no worries of failure. Kids (and parents, too) may have a hard time putting this addictive puzzler down.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.