December 19, 2014

Chromedrop brings challenging, yet beautiful casual gaming experience

Chromedrop

One of the things that Google has really focused on with Android is trying to inspire developers with its Holo design guidelines. One of the most recent games to Google Play that sticks to those guidelines is Chromedrop.

Chromedrop combines elements from trading card and casual games, while taking gamers to a world of primary colors.

chromedropbannerIn the game, gamers must tap the dots on the screen when the outside dot is the same size as the inside, shaded dot then they gain “a drop” of that color. These drops can be “sacrificed” for a special drop that can either lower your opponents health or increase your speed or health.

With such a simplistic concept, it packs a difficulty near Flappy Bird, with a “Googlely” design that Matias Duarte would be proud of.

Chromedrop features over fifty specials drops, including the elements, the sun, the moon, swords, birds and many more that can be used in the game. Specials can also be unlocked by completing tasks in the game.

The game is free and the developer notes that it can be played all the way through without paying for anything, but there are in-app purchases if you want to buy more special drops to use against your opponents.

What makes Chromedrop the most challenging is that you not only need to be quick to tap the dot at the correct time, but also have to watch you health. I may not have been that great at this game, but it’s a fun experience and being this developer’s first game, it’s very impressive, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

One thing missing from the game is instructions after you’ve already started. I downloaded Chromedrop and played it once for a minute or so, then didn’t touch it again for a few days. While there’s a tutorial at the beginning that tells you how to play, there’s no way to view instructions or that tutorial again unless you clear data and start over. One other thing missing is integration with Google Play Games, which the developer, Jared Burgett, said on Google+ that “support is the next thing on the to-do list.

If you’re ready to move on from Flappy Bird and need a simplistic game with great design, reminiscent of the game ‘Dots,’ be sure to check this out.