What is Color Switch?
Color Switch is a well-known mobile game that was launched in December 2015. It reached a whopping 200 million downloads in Google Playstore and Apple App store. It has also been considered as the No. 1 mobile game for more than 150 countries. It was definitely a major hit by being the fastest downloaded app in the Apple App Store which reached more than 50 million downloads.
Color Switch is a fast tap-based mobile game with a unique obstacle course because the gameplay contains quick color-changing objects. Despite the difficulty of the challenges presented in the game, players regardless of age can play this game and have fun. A player only needs to use a finger to tap a color-changing ball and match it with the colors of the corresponding geometric shapes. While the game is in play, these geometric shapes with various colors are constantly rotating. The game has eight unique game modes which includes gravity mode and split mode. And in the event that a player wants a topnotch difficult challenge, he can play the game in reverse while mixing it up with the other modes of the game.
Last 2016, this game became one of the most addictive mobile games. However, it had the same fate as the other famous and infamous games and gradually ceased to exist in the Apple App Store and Google Playstore.
How was the Color Switch developed?
Anyone can surely get addicted to Color Switch even if you constantly get annoyed by failing a lot of times on the various levels of the game. Moreover, a player will be more fixated with this game when he discovers its origins: who developed the game and how it was developed. The person behind the creation of this game is David Reichelt, who is unbelievably color blind. Yes, this paradoxical truth will get you nuts!
The basic gameplay of Color Switch is a two dimensional red and light green color, of which, a player can move forward by avoiding objects of different color. Noteworthy enough, color is the most important aspect of this game. Therefore, anyone could get curious on how Reichelt, a color blind, built a colorfully unique game like color switch? The answer lies with Buildbox, which is a software where you can manipulate objects at will with simple actions like copy, paste and create using its user-friendly interface. In other words, Reichelt programmed the game without even writing a single line code. The whole process of developing the game relied on the available features of Buildbox.
Whatever happened to Color Switch?
Despite the fact that Color Switch is undoubtedly unique and amazing in every aspect, the game was eventually removed in the market for video games. David Reichelt, the game designer and creator, with his team had released their official statement on their website regarding the matter.
In their official statement, David and his team started by thanking all their loyal fans and players who supported Color Switch for two colorful years. They explained that as of December 22, 2017, the former publisher of the Color Switch app has taken over the game. He further elaborated that the publisher had taken the game as their hostage. This means that they will hold the game until David and his team can pay back for the amount they are asking. Given the fact that the team has been hard pressed to avoid their predicament, in the end, they fell short and the game ended.
In other words, this is a classical example of publishers sabotaging their own creators, designers and developers. Another example of such is the Youtube Community of which Machinima was accused of taking hostage of some content creators until such time that they will make enough money to free themselves out of the contract. Some youtubers who made their way out of this are Leafyishere at Clash and sternly warned other youtubers before committing themselves on these types of contracts.
Moreover, David echoed the sentiment of most small independent game studios, that the creation and development of games should be centered on fun for all players and should not just be focused on creating money. He challenged all artists, builders, students, dreamers, creators and pioneers to make a stand and fight for what they know and believe as right, as Color Switch stood and fought for their beliefs.
David ended by reminiscing their humble beginnings which start with a single thought. They have never imagined that this small thought could travel around the world and bring joy to all players of different ages. Regardless, David assured all their fans that they are developing a better game. True enough, Color Switch made a comeback with Color Switch: Phoenix, implying that a legend has come back from ashes and ready to soar high again!
In the video game industry, the worst case that may happen is where giant game developers like EA and its group of studios mandate their creators to make games without mercy unlike some studios which were led by respectable leaders. The publisher of Color Switch, Forfafy, was of great help to David Reichelt. Nevertheless, the game also boosted its income and helped Forfafy establish its fame towards more than 100 countries across the world.
Recently, Color Switch made its comeback with its new game, Color Switch: Phoenix. The concept and gameplay was purely based on the original game but with added difficulties and challenges. The new features of the game include mini games which were not seen before.
In spite of everything that happened on Color Switch, David Reichelt did not give up on the games website and his Twitter account. Still a lot of players are still waiting for the new updates for the game and also for David’s team, wishing them the best for the future. In the face of all the challenges that his team encountered, they are still working to update new features of the game, the summer theme for example, which contains two game modes and a few balls.
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