Being the Lead Designer on Color Drop: Match + Paint (tap here for iOS) (android link here) was such a joy! We combined a match game with coloring – a rare combination! Within a set number of turns, the player needs to do the following:
- Collect Paint Drops by making matches of 2 or more
- Collect enough Paint Drops to fill a Paint Bucket
- Tap on the Paint Bucket to color in the picture
We intentionally avoided telling the player HOW to color. If the player wants to color every single coloring zone the exact same color, they absolutely can (although that might be a lot harder to achieve!). With that said, in the earlier levels we try to help the player choose complimentary color palettes to the art so that they can focus on learning how to play the game.
Split Screen Match Game
There are many of games out there that combine match and another element, such as combat. We are not unique in that regard, but where we do stand out is that both the matching in the lower part of the screen and the coloring part at the top of the screen are interactable and are equally important to the gameplay. You can’t win if you don’t color and you can’t win if you don’t bother playing the match!
To further emphasize the relationship between matching and the coloring, we designed our coolest and prettiest power-up to be The Pattern. For this power-up, the player has to collect a match of 9 or more. Then they can paint their coloring zone in one of our cool patterns! Often times, coloring in patterns is a requirement to pass the level and it benefits the players star score.
The Art & YOU!!
Many of the artists and designers on our team are sassy AF. Additionally, we like juicy pics. If you’re a fan of the game, you may have noticed a lot of our art is exactly that. If you’re a sassy coloring book fan or a subversive cross stitcher, when we designed the game, we had you in mind!
As a completely biased fan of the game, I even took it upon myself to make some cross stitch patterns so I could have the art adorn my walls at home.
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