One of my favorite things to do when I’m trying to get into a new game is to browse the “New and Trending” or “Top Selling” categories from Steam, and yesterday I saw this game called “Coloring Game” on the list.
I was a little bit flustered about it, mainly because I’ve seen this kind of games in tablets and phone apps, and they don’t seem that appealing for actually get into them while sitting on my PC, but it was free, and the reviews were pretty good, so I decided to give it a shot.
The developer (L. Stotch) did a great job by putting together a nice, uncomplicated and fun coloring by numbers (and pixels) game, no new mechanics, no microtransactions (at the moment) and nothing besides the relaxing fun of a coloring book.
So what’s the deal with it?
Well, I’d say it comes mainly to two things, the first one being the quality of life improvements the game has for a coloring game, counting with commands to undo a move, copy a color by right-clicking it, paint a straight line while holding Shift and even digital tablet support.
The developer seems to be extremely active on the updates for the game, and I gotta say, I’m a big fan of the art used for the images that you color in the game, they use the concept of 16-bit art and apply it to different situations and images ( Right now I’m at the “Breaking Bad” inspired picture).
I’d say that in a world that goes by so fast like the one that we live in, having the opportunity to stop for a bit and play a beautiful and relaxing coloring game while you unwind and relax doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
In conclusion, and as I said at the beginning, this game deserves an opportunity if you’re looking to chill for a bit while listening to sweet music or a podcast, between stressful ranked matches or just if you’re into pixel art.
For the way this game has been evolving in the past days (The game was released on April 12th) and how already has been updated twice, adding improvements like the autosave feature (Press F5 to save), I’d say that this new trend might expand from phones to Steam, and soon enough we’ll have a good contender for the first place in the Chill/Idle game genre, one of the few genres where sometimes, less is more.