Review: Coloring Pixels

At a Glance

This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!

ESRB Rating: NR - Not Rated
My Rating: Everyone
Genre: Other
License: Free to Play
Release Year: 2018
Review Published On: May 19th, 2021
Played on: Thaddeus & Giles

Available from:

Steam

Save System:

The work you've done on a picture is automatically saved whenever you leave the game or return to the menu.

Summary of
Major Issues:

Since you're coloring in images, the most offensive content this game has to offer are images depicting things from mythology or holidays like Halloween, and even then, these don't warrant much concern.

Screenshots

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A familiar pattern

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Painting the sky

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A finished masterpiece



Game Overview

Every so often I check what's popular on Steam, as it helps me plan what to review in the future. Recently, I noticed Coloring Pixels was sitting surprisingly high up in the charts, and decided to see what was so engaging about a virtual coloring book. Turns out, it's actually quite fun, especially for those evenings when you just want to chill with a good audiobook and need something to fidget with.

The premise behind this game is simple: it's like those color by number kits you can find in craft stores, but digital. To play, you simply select a picture to color from the many, many options that are available, and then color the pixels in, using the numbers on the palette and the image to guide you. If you make a mistake and color the wrong pixel, its border and number remain visible, but there are no penalties or other notices that you've made a mistake. Just select the right color and fill it in properly later.

When you finish a picture, something really unexpected and cool happens. The screen zooms out, allowing you to see the entire image, and then it clears itself. Next, it quickly repaints itself, coloring the pixels in the order you originally did them. This faster than real time replay feature is particularly neat, though there's an option to disable it if you're not interested.

With hundreds of pictures to color, I can see why this simple game ended up being so popular. The best thing is that it's free to play, so every can give it a go before putting any money down. If you like casual or relaxing games, seriously consider trying this one.

Points of Interest

Customizable & Disability friendly
As mentioned earlier, you can disable the replay animation if you want, but there are also a bunch of other things you can tweak to your liking. For example, there's a "night mode" toggle that dims the display and changes the general color theme to one that's easier on the eyes. You can also choose whether or not completed colors are hidden from your palette, and what font is used to display the numbers on the pixels.

Importantly, there's a selection of options to help make the game more accessible to people with disabilities. One of these comes in the form of the Open Dyslexic font, which is a free typeface designed for people with dyslexia.
Tons of pictures to color
The base game features about 120 pictures for you to color in. More can be purchased in themed sets. These are sold as DLC, and are $1 for each set of 20 pictures. Currently, the entire collection can be purchased for about $35.
Steam community features
Although there aren't any Steam trading cards this time around, there are a terrifying number of achievements to earn -- more than seven hundred. This huge number is the result of each picture granting an achievement on completion, as well as there being achievements for completing each collection. I can't imagine how long it would take to earn them all, especially considering that new collections (and thus new achievements) are added on a regular basis.

Concerns and Issues

Fantasy images
The only real concern in this game is what the images might depict. This can include characters and scenes from various holidays like Christmas and Halloween, as well as fantasy subjects like dwarves or mermaids.