Compulsive colour clicking.
June 13, 2015 12:10 PM   Subscribe

This is supposedly a "free colour vision test". I don't think it is, but it is both fun and only a little bit frustrating as you jab helplessly away.
posted by howfar (96 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
17, which apparently gives me the color vision of a cat. Neat!
posted by Itaxpica at 12:16 PM on June 13, 2015


20 right, one wrong. Curiously, the "different" color starts to seemingly vibrate, which was how I could tell.
posted by datawrangler at 12:19 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


Woot, I have the color vision of a robot! Only one mistake.

Take that, mom & dad who said I would lose my vision by reading in the dark with a flashlight. Still no glasses, still not blind. Ha!
posted by Elly Vortex at 12:20 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


27. Hawk.

And that last one was hurting my brain.
posted by Fizz at 12:20 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


33. I found it was best to look away for a second if you didn't see the different square immediately.
posted by peeedro at 12:21 PM on June 13, 2015 [5 favorites]


Apparently I'm a hawk-eye, although I preemptively got the tune "Eye of the Tiger" stuck in my head.
posted by General Tonic at 12:21 PM on June 13, 2015


29 right, 0 wrong. Hawk.

I guess this just shows how well you calibrate your monitor.
posted by Hazelsmrf at 12:21 PM on June 13, 2015 [11 favorites]


previously
posted by one_bean at 12:23 PM on June 13, 2015 [5 favorites]


73, which apparently means I am a hawk. (I have weirdly good color vision, according to this and a few other tests. I'm also synaesthetic, and *everything* has a clearly-defined color.)
posted by restless_nomad at 12:23 PM on June 13, 2015 [18 favorites]


Got to 24 with one error on my mobile, need to try on a large display.

Also, why am I feeling like this is a double?
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 12:23 PM on June 13, 2015


Hawk-eye here as well.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:23 PM on June 13, 2015


ROBOT
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 12:25 PM on June 13, 2015


I GOT 30. I GOT ROBOT.

I was totally expecting to tank this, so I'm feeling pretty smug right about now.
posted by ernielundquist at 12:25 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm a colour vision hawk (I'm going to try for Robot tomorrow in daylight – not sure whether that will be better or worse), but I would trade all this glory for being a regular-vision hawk.
posted by taz at 12:29 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


28- Hawk.

Recently we opened a new exhibit at the museum where I work, and to prep our exhibition designer painted the walls. When we first saw them, my coworker and I immediately complimented him on the dark blue color. He was completely flummoxed because he perceived it to be a dark gray with no particular blue tone, and he really wanted gray walls. Over the last couple weeks we've asked our other coworkers who saw they walls what they perceived- almost everyone perceived navy or dark blue except for a couple who thought they were a dark green and our exhibits manager who saw charcoal gray. It's kind of amazing how everyone can perceive colors slightly differently!
posted by Mouse Army at 12:30 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


25. If that's accurate, it's only by coincidence; my monitor is one of those TN screens where colors are a bit distorted at the edges because you see them at a slight angle, and I've had to play with the gamma to get things to look alright.
posted by Rangi at 12:32 PM on June 13, 2015


29-hawk hmff
posted by lalochezia at 12:33 PM on June 13, 2015


i just got six right. you people and your damn 1%er eyesight
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:40 PM on June 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


What on earth does a countdown timer have to do with my vision?
posted by oceanjesse at 12:43 PM on June 13, 2015


32 - zero errors. For the bigger grids, I found it worked to try to look at 9 squares at a time until I found the outlier.
posted by straight at 12:45 PM on June 13, 2015


8 - Mole. YAY Deuteranomaly!
posted by eriko at 12:52 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


13 - Dog. "You have decent colour vision. You see most of the sticks that are thrown to you but sometimes you're just lost."

Fair enough.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:53 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


> What on earth does a countdown timer have to do with my vision?

The longer you stare at something, the more likely you're reacting to your thoughts about the thing, rather than reacting to the thing.
posted by ardgedee at 12:59 PM on June 13, 2015


Is this Frog Fractions 2?
posted by grobstein at 12:59 PM on June 13, 2015 [7 favorites]


Also, why am I feeling like this is a double?

Because it is a double, with a different (and English) skin on it.
posted by asperity at 1:01 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


Incidentally, 26. Hawk. Mac laptop, uncalibrated (by me) display. I suspect if I did this on my PC laptop's display I'd probably get a 6. It's pretty bad.
posted by ardgedee at 1:02 PM on June 13, 2015


(Gets 21. Not bad for a non-retina mac in a brightly sunlit room. Knows that this is metafilter, so someone will report some ridiculous score like 75 or 100.)

restless_nomad: "73..."

Close enough.
posted by double block and bleed at 1:03 PM on June 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


Around the 17 mark, all I could see were the black dots in the intersections on the white grid.
posted by davemee at 1:07 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


What colors do you all find easier/harder to guess? For me, cool greens are easiest, warm yellows are hardest.
posted by ardgedee at 1:07 PM on June 13, 2015


Apparently I'm a hawk-eye, although I preemptively got the tune "Eye of the Tiger" stuck in my head.

That would be me. Apparently I am a tiger.
BEST RESULT: 23 SCORE: 23 ERRORS: 2

DUN. DUN DUN DUN. DUN DUN DUN. DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN
posted by phunniemee at 1:11 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


Tiger. I think it would be harder if it made the odd one darker sometimes; every one I got was slightly lighter. Dark blue-ish is hardest for me.
posted by ctmf at 1:20 PM on June 13, 2015


is 73 a typo? every score i get in the 30s says robot.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 1:21 PM on June 13, 2015


If anybody can find it, there was a game a few years ago where it challenged you to put ever more finely graded blocks of colour in order. So the first level might be five blocks from red to green, but the last was thirteen blocks from wheat green to clover green.
posted by Thing at 1:23 PM on June 13, 2015


21, tiger. Not shabby.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:34 PM on June 13, 2015


there was a game a few years ago where it challenged you to put ever more finely graded blocks of colour in order.

Blendoku?
posted by Rangi at 1:34 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


26. Respectable, I think, but those greens are what killed me.
posted by wanderingmind at 1:37 PM on June 13, 2015


I made it to hawk and then I got bored. There are more levels?

there was a game a few years ago where it challenged you to put ever more finely graded blocks of colour in order

Not sure if this is the original, but here's one of these.
posted by effbot at 1:38 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


29 and 1

but that last one I purposely picked a random corner because I was sure the test was just marking absolutely anything as correct. It appears that (1) I was wrong and (2) I found it really easy to see spot off-color square in the green and brown instances. Blues were quite a bit harder (thought not hard enough apparently).
posted by oddman at 1:38 PM on June 13, 2015


THE DRESS IS BLACK, MOTHERFU...
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:41 PM on June 13, 2015 [7 favorites]


27! I made 2 errors, though, because one of them just had them all look exactly the same, and I slightly panicked when trying to find the right one. I swear, all hot pinks look exactly the same.
posted by brecc at 1:48 PM on June 13, 2015


Haha, I thought I recognized this game. It's a frustrating one.
posted by kafziel at 1:50 PM on June 13, 2015


Looking at it again, I think I understand why hot pink is the hardest color for me: it's the only color used where the lighter shade makes it seem more intense, while for the rest of them it seems that the less intense color is the one to search for.
posted by brecc at 1:54 PM on June 13, 2015


Ugh, I got sixteen, "cat", with no errors, but meanwhile other people get higher scores, but with errors...?
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 1:56 PM on June 13, 2015


Hm, I might have misread it - I certainly can't replicate a 73, but apparently feeding me makes me bad at these games anyway, because I definitely slowed down. I've gotten 38 once or twice, which makes me a robot?
posted by restless_nomad at 1:58 PM on June 13, 2015


There's also a version called Kuku Kube which went viral a few weeks ago.
posted by fuse theorem at 2:09 PM on June 13, 2015


31, but I am actually red-green colorblind, lol.
posted by en forme de poire at 2:10 PM on June 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


33. I think you do a lot better if you've actually calibrated the color on your monitor.
posted by zixyer at 2:21 PM on June 13, 2015


Wow, I have pretty crappy eyesight, but in terms of colour vision I am apparently a tiger. 20 correct, zero errors. On the 21st grid they all looked exactly the same, so I just let the timer run out rather than guess. The others were all totally obvious to me--I was not expecting that.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:47 PM on June 13, 2015


This is a weird test, because I am red-green (deuteranope) colorblind and do terribly on sort-the-hues tests, but I got 32 (robot, 96.6th percentile), with only the last few being difficult at all. Maybe being bad at hues means being good at brightness and saturation.
posted by enf at 2:59 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


33. Might do slightly better if I cleaned my screen.
posted by tavella at 3:02 PM on June 13, 2015


I've never thought of myself as having good color perception, but I found the test easy up to 27.
posted by Dip Flash at 3:05 PM on June 13, 2015


I hate my optic neurology. I see the grid illusion way too easily--everywhere that involves blocks of color with white space in between. In this test it's very distracting--am surprised no one else mentions it. Between that and also perceiving extreme after-images (like the previous grid's outline) and annoying floaters I can't live up to my potential in a test presented this way. You try to tell people how much all that combined with photosensitivity affects how you live your life and you know they're all "cry me a river". #FirstWorldProblems
posted by sylvanshine at 3:07 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


32, no errors on my overly reflective laptop. Art school was good for something, I guess?

(also, yes, the grid illusion was an irritating distraction)
posted by tautological at 3:11 PM on June 13, 2015


31, I AM A ROBOT.
posted by zardoz at 3:24 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


8 on my first couple of tries, 21 on my third.

The timer's quite important, I think. The more squares you have to scan and make a decision about the longer it takes. Sooner or later, that factor alone's going to trip you up.
posted by Paul Slade at 3:41 PM on June 13, 2015


I really want to clean my monitor and take it again, but I'm afraid to because I only just barely made it into Robot, and I'm afraid of being demoted.
posted by ernielundquist at 4:13 PM on June 13, 2015


33. I blame my deficit vs restless nomad to my laptop's apparent lack of color calibration.

This is a weird test, because I am red-green (deuteranope) colorblind and do terribly on sort-the-hues tests, but I got 32 with only the last few being difficult at all. Maybe being bad at hues means being good at brightness and saturation.

Turns out this is a real thing. Legend has it that teams with at least one colorblind member were 5 percent better at spotting German camouflaged encampments during WW2.
posted by pwnguin at 4:23 PM on June 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


Also weirdly easy for me until about 27 and I have red-green color perception issues.
posted by humanfont at 4:37 PM on June 13, 2015


Hawk! Finally, my business cards are justified.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:39 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


26, but then I went back to see the lowest level. Bat.
posted by Hactar at 4:51 PM on June 13, 2015


26. I was only able to do this because I would look away between each selection, and the grid illusion totally KO'd me my first time.
posted by yueliang at 5:06 PM on June 13, 2015


I got 29 in a row before running out of time on #30. Eyes of a hawk, fuck yeah!!!!
posted by Renoroc at 5:18 PM on June 13, 2015


I have terrible vision (I couldn't even be checked for vision at school because I couldn't read one thing on the chart) and I got hawk so I doubt this means anything at all.
posted by Aranquis at 5:26 PM on June 13, 2015


Your colour vision and survival skills are incredible. You can recognize a mosquito from miles away.

Well, yeah, I can recognize the mosquito's face, but I'm terrible at names.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:28 PM on June 13, 2015 [6 favorites]


First I got dog (11), then I turned up the iPhone's brightness & was promoted to hawk (24). I'll have to try later on the Dell Ultra-Sharp.
posted by univac at 7:33 PM on June 13, 2015


31 with the lowest brightness on my laptop in a dark room. I feel like this is bragging, but at least I can cower in the shade of the color-sensitive glory of restless_nomad.
posted by msingle at 7:39 PM on June 13, 2015


99 - cthulu
posted by grumpybear69 at 7:44 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


I am a tiger! I will take that!

If you're having trouble, try looking away and then back. For some reason they pop out at me when I do that.
posted by winna at 7:47 PM on June 13, 2015


This test is a little more challenging if you're up for it.
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:01 PM on June 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


31! Robots of the world unite!
posted by litera scripta manet at 8:04 PM on June 13, 2015


I got in the mid 20s several times. Green was definitely the hardest for me.
posted by ELind at 8:15 PM on June 13, 2015


I've got the eyes of a tiger!

Dun dun dun DUN....
posted by NikitaNikita at 9:24 PM on June 13, 2015


This seems to be testing for sensitivity in shades rather than hues, so you could play this even if you're colorblind. It would be interesting if there was a test where the odd box was slightly red-shifted or something.
posted by picklenickle at 9:28 PM on June 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


30 right, 1 wrong. The blues were messing me up.
posted by bgal81 at 10:27 PM on June 13, 2015


31

retina macbook with a decently clean screen.
posted by flippant at 11:17 PM on June 13, 2015


31 no errors, got bored and stopped.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:24 PM on June 13, 2015


I wonder if the original creators know that their test is being repurposed for another site.
posted by divabat at 11:52 PM on June 13, 2015


I got 31: stinking dickhead.

I'm confused and a bit insulted. Did anyone else get "stinking dickhead," or is it just me?
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 12:15 AM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


35.
posted by MythMaker at 12:27 AM on June 14, 2015


665. A beige horse. And he who sits on me has a ledger; and a form and a schedule were given to him, and he rides out collecting taxes.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:42 AM on June 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


31, on a very smeary ipad. Robot!!

So does that mean i see better than the cats do? HA, human FTW!
posted by kitten magic at 2:01 AM on June 14, 2015


30.
posted by johnofjack at 5:19 AM on June 14, 2015


I can see when the neighbouring tiger visits the bathroom faaaar away.

Dude, close the door!
posted by jammy at 5:37 AM on June 14, 2015


First try, 21, no errors.
posted by lmfsilva at 5:37 AM on June 14, 2015


no one got 73, that was either BS or a typo - if he had gotten 73, he would know what character a "73" is, and it's not a hawk, that is 25-29
posted by Yosemite Sam at 6:31 AM on June 14, 2015


27, and yeah, I'm pretty sure online color tests like this are effectively useless, due to variances in monitor models, settings, and lighting conditions.
posted by Wandering Idiot at 7:17 AM on June 14, 2015


Fascinating, in that once I got past 12 or so it stopped being obvious (for most colors), so it felt like I was just guessing - but it was obviously more than a guess, since I kept being correct for another 20 clicks. Could call it an example of intuition being based on actual sensory data that we're just not fully processing.
posted by aimedwander at 8:00 AM on June 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


34 NO ERRORS I AM A ROBOT BOT BOT BO
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:23 AM on June 14, 2015


I got a 23
TIGER
Your colour vision is superb. You wouldn't have any problems surviving in the jungle. You can see when the neighbouring tiger visits the bathroom faaaar away.
posted by maryr at 12:43 PM on June 14, 2015


BTW, the only one I had trouble on, my last set, was a plummy purple.
posted by maryr at 12:48 PM on June 14, 2015


1 error, but I'd happily give up a good score here in exchange for better overall vision. Bleh.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:51 PM on June 14, 2015


30. Robot.
posted by Stu-Pendous at 10:01 PM on June 14, 2015


Seemingly everyone here got great results meaning either the test is crap or that a high score is simply the norm for your average human.
posted by DieHipsterDie at 10:07 AM on June 15, 2015


I am red green colorblind. I scored 28 Hawk.
posted by surplus at 7:39 PM on June 15, 2015


Oh god, the dots.... the dots... I'm getting seasick.... around 25 it gets bad. Also, ***** purple.
posted by Jacen at 1:21 PM on June 18, 2015


30, no errors, 5:00 AM on a tablet running Twilight. Not anywhere near as fun as Blendoku, even for a robot.
posted by salix at 3:08 AM on June 24, 2015


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