Monochrome is the Digg Mark 1 challenge for this week. This is not an official Kongregate contest, but if you want to participate drop by that chat room and ask about it. Monochrome is an avoider game, but it’s very specific in what you need to dodge. You’re only supposed to touch the black and white objects with your cursor. Any colored objects are to be avoided and if one of the black or white objects hits the bottom of the screen it’s game over. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Heh, think again.

Monochrome is controlled by your mouse and it’s not trackball or touchpad-friendly. There’s no pause button so you’d best end your game if you need a break. If your mouse speed is turned down I would strongly suggest going into your control panel and increasing it. Stay away from the top of the screen as that will only serve to mess you up when a colored pentagon comes along. The game will go faster and faster as you progress. Keep your cool and you will do just fine.

Do you suffer from epilepsy? If so, you may want to steer clear of Monochrome. The background cycles between black and white, causing the pentagons to cycle to the opposite color. Pentagons are the only shape you’ll find in this game; lots and lots of pentagons. There are some colors and you’ll want to steer clear of these. Try turning down the contrast of your monitor to avoid a serious headache.

The music is an interesting choice in that the author used a Tetris remix. I liked it so much that I went ahead and pulled it from the game. If people want I can provide an upload so you can grab it for yourself. There is no mute and no sound effects though, so if you aren’t keen on the music you’re going to have to turn down your speakers.

6/10. Your eyes will bleed eventually thanks to the palette shifts.

8/10. Not having a pause button is going to wear you out pretty quickly, but this has a ton of replay value.

4/10. Can’t go wrong with classic game music remakes. Lack of mute makes a big dent in the score, though.

8/10. Interesting spin on the avoider game.

8/10. Controls are nice and responsive.

Monochrome is one of those games you may find that you just can’t put down, but that’s okay because it’s really a blast to play. 7/10

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One Comment on “Monochrome”

  1. Thanks for the review. Sounds fun, I think I will give it a try.

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