While a great deal of my time playing games on the Switch has been focused on action, excitement, and general craziness of some kind I’ve come to appreciate the games in its library that go in precisely the opposite direction. Calm Colors, befitting its name, is a slow ride on a lazy river of pleasant puzzle solving. Working with what are roughly shards of a low-poly figure of some kind you’ll progressively piece together increasingly large and complex models. The further you go these puzzles will get to the point where you’ll really need to zoom in and out to deal with much larger pieces but then some that get downright tiny as well, and simply won’t be clearly discernible without getting in close. The fact that they’re numbered is very helpful at times, but of course you could always choose to ignore them if you were afraid that would neuter the challenge. That being said, as the puzzles get more elaborate even using the numbers there’s generally no concern with whether or not it can be tough enough. Throw in some pleasant music that thankfully is on an at least slightly longer loop than the average and puzzle fans can play something that’s not quite like its peer on the system outside of maybe the Glass Masquerade titles, making this a refreshing choice for casuals who love their Switch, whether using it docked or portably.
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