Parents' Guide to

Color Guardians

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Novelty, interest wane quickly in colorful arcade game.

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Though Color Guardians has its appeal, it’s somewhat limited. By combining elements of musical games (Guitar Hero, Rock Band), platformers (Donkey Kong Country, Sonic the Hedgehog), and endless runners, the people who made Color Guardians have come up with an interesting mix of running, jumping, and puzzle solving. As you run down one of three lanes, you have to match your skin's tone to that of the orbs you want to grab. But you also have to match your color to many of the obstacles you'll encounter while also making sure you're in the right lane.

The problem is that, although Color Guardians is challenging, it’s not that compelling. After playing for a bit, you may never find yourself compelled to go back. This game could use multiple skill-difficulty options, especially if the "hard" setting had you running down more than three lanes. That said, there's plenty to do, with over 70 levels and many reasons to play them more than once, and it gets progressively more difficult without ever getting frustrating. Color Guardians had some promise, but the limited appeal of the gameplay keeps this mainly as a game for endless runner or platformer fans only.

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