Review: Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS: Complete Paintings Using the World Around You
If you’re like me, you enjoy casual puzzlers. However, they all seem to run together after a while. Wouldn’t it be great to be faced with a new challenge? Enter Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS. This puzzler challenges users to complete on-screen paintings by using their iOS device’s camera to capture colors from the world around them.
Spectra offers an unusual twist on puzzle/color matching games. Users are presented with an unfinished work of art, and are challenged to help complete the image by pointing their device’s camera at various real-life objects to complete a selected color. Beginner images begin with matching four colors, while later images require quite a few more colors to be found and matched.
The game sounds simple, but players will quickly find the game to be an interesting challenge, especially in later rounds. I quickly discovered that matching colors isn’t an exact science, and I found my self finding objects that I thought were an exact match, but required a bit different lighting to match the required color.
I got some funny looks from friends and family members while playing the game, but when I explained it, they asked for me to send them a link so they could try the game! Then we were all pointing our iPhones at various objects in the room, (sometimes even each other), trying to complete the coloring in our images.
Early levels make it pretty easy to match the colors, but once you’re on the expert level, you’ll find it a devilish challenge to make just the right match. The three levels of challenge are Novice, Expert, and Master. (I never did quite reach the Master level. But, I’m still trying!)
The game also makes use of the iPhone’s built-in flashlight to allow capturing colors in dark environments, like dark corners, or even behind furniture. (The brighter light offered by the flashlight can also help you create various shades of colors to match just the right hue in later levels. Make use of the “pinch-to-zoom” feature too, which helps you find just the right color hidden in other objects.)
The app is free, and offers 8 paintings to get you started. That, may not sound like a lot, but the three skill levels for each painting will definitely keep you challenged for a while. And when you do run out, you’ll find a large number of additional painting packs, all available via coins, which purchased in-app for $0.99 to $3.99. (You also earn coins by completing each painting.)
Additional Painting Packs include:
* Art Nouveau
* Folk Art
* Natural World
* Pop Art
* Travel Art
Honestly, I have been playing this game for quite awhile before I was ever asked to do this review. I have to say it’s the type of game I wasn’t sure I would like, but has proved to be a winner. I won’t say I play it every day, but it is certainly a great game to play while you’re in the waiting room at the doctors office, or while waiting for an oil change to be completed. (Just be prepared for a few odd looks!)
I highly recommend Spectra – Camera Painting to anyone who is looking for an offbeat puzzle challenge that really is unlike anything they may have played before. And, for the rock-bottom cost of “free,” it doesn’t cost a dime to try it out.
Spectra – Camera Painting is free, and it’s available in the iOS App Store. [GET IT NOW]
Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.