Colored Effects from Flynn’s Arcade and indie TACSOU is a colorful and fun 2D puzzle platformer on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Colored Effects review!
Colored Effects from Flynn’s Arcade and indie TACSOU is a colorful and fun 2D puzzle platformer on Nintendo Switch. It’s a fun, minimalist experience in which your goal will be to collect the three colorful gems on each level so that you can open the colorful doors keeping you from reaching the exit. Rinse and repeat as you progress further and further… except there’s more to this adventure for you to discover!
The controls for this 2D platformer are simple to remember. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you jump with the B button. You can press and hold down the X button when near a box so that you can push it or pull it as needed. This can be useful for using the box to jump and reach a higher spot. You can also push or pull a box to place it over a switch that can open a door.
Your character can also change color by coming into contact with colorful blobs of paint that will instantly turn it yellow, blue, red, or purple. When your character is yellow, it will be able to dash by pressing the Y button. If your character is blue, then it can double jump by pressing the B button again after an initial jump. Turning red will allow it to attack by shooting fireballs at an enemy or a block that might be getting in your way. If your character is purple, then it will be able to teleport over a short distance, which can be useful for phasing through solid objects. You can also even turn green!
You’ll gain access to new colors that will pop in later levels by defeating the bosses in the game. Each boss battle will be different, so you’ll have to pay attention to the movement and attack patterns of each boss so that you can find the right way to defeat them. Without spoiling things too much, I’ll discuss the first boss that opens up the yellow and blue colors for you. This is a duo of cubes, with one being blue and one being yellow.
As expected, the blue one will double jump as it tries to crush you in a single hit. After it does this three times, it will go away for a bit, and the yellow cube will pop up. The yellow cube will rev up and then rush toward you as it tries to squish you against the wall. But you can time your jump to avoid the dash, and it will end up crashing on the wall. After it does this three times, the wall will come crashing down, and you’ll be able to activate the switch behind it. By using it, you’ll open up a pair of doors on the platform above… which will allow you to trap the blue cube, thus keeping it from exiting the screen. This means that once the yellow cube dashes towards you, you can jump out of the way and have it cash into the blue cube, which will defeat both!
Colored Effects is a colorful and fun 2D puzzle platformer in which changing your character’s colors will grant it a new ability. With the game’s focus on colors, it would be easy to think that people with color blindness could have an issue playing through Colored Effects. The good news is that there’s a Color Blind Mode that will use symbols to let you know about each puddle’s color so that you can know what ability you’ll have access to. Colored Effects is out on Nintendo Switch, with a budget price of only $4.99, making it an easy one to recommend.
This Colored Effects review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.