Color Zen Redux

LQ: 9.45


Brain grade: 9.7
Fun score: 9.2

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iPad iPhone Android Nintendo Switch 

Color Zen (also known as Color Zen Redux) is a relaxing puzzle game where the player listens to ambient music while solving puzzles that look like pieces of modern art. The goal of each puzzle is to take the many-colored pieces and combine like colors until all that remains is the color of the border around the puzzle. 

Touching two pieces of the same color together will cause them to “flood” the board with that particular color so the player needs to think about the order in which they rid the board of colors in order to end up with the winning color. The levels start out with simple puzzles and then become increasingly complex, adding shapes within shapes and white and black pieces which change the rules of color combination. 

Color Redux is free to play but if you are playing on the Nintendo Switch, you may need to adjust the aspect ratio on your television in order to see the whole puzzle. An in-app purchase is available to remove ads for the mobile versions of this game.

Color Zen Redux  helps kids practice and improve the following skills:


Planning:  Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The order in which the colors are removed from the board is important because if it is not done correctly you will be left with extra colors remaining. The player needs to be able to look at the board and see the possibilities for moves and make a plan for how they will combine the colors to make it through the level. Players who struggle with planning will find the first few levels good for practicing this skill before moving on to more complex levels. 


Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

The abstract color imagery and ambient music make Color Zen Redux the perfect game for someone who needs to calm down and take a break. Players who need to practice self-awareness may find that this game can help them calm down and focus on a task that is removed from whatever emotions they are feeling. Earlier levels can allow the player to become accustomed to the gameplay to avoid frustration. 

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