It's all fun and games until level 30 rips your arms off. Then it's just games.
August 6, 2010 12:11 PM   Subscribe

Friday Flash Fun: Color Theory is a puzzle platformer about... um... color theory. And gravity switching. And aliens. Via the eternal font of pleasant time-wasters, jayisgames.
posted by macmac (19 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
And if that's too easy for you, there's a free flash version of Tower of Heaven just waiting to dole out some humility.
posted by macmac at 12:12 PM on August 6, 2010

Just to get this thread off to a good start, magenta doesn't exist.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:20 PM on August 6, 2010

Too much reliance on twitchy getting-the-jump-right to be fun. Too bad; th idea is neat.
posted by Fraxas at 12:36 PM on August 6, 2010

That game is as much about colour theory as Manic Miner was about mining.

Fun though.
posted by motty at 12:39 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cute, thanks.
posted by Gator at 12:49 PM on August 6, 2010

Level 8 was clever.
posted by scrowdid at 12:56 PM on August 6, 2010

Gave up on level 30.

Playing this game made me wish that someone would make a Flash version, no, HTML5 version of Epyx's Jumpman, all 30 or so levels.
posted by i_have_a_computer at 12:56 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

It's not bad as a quick little platformer. With the colour switching and gravity changes I was hoping for more puzzles, but the levels were actually very linear. I would have loved a level editor, the toolset seems ripe for some really interesting designs.
posted by lucidium at 1:28 PM on August 6, 2010

Gave up on level 30.

Aww, if you beat level 30 you get to see the awesome endingcredits.
posted by knave at 1:36 PM on August 6, 2010

I was hoping that playing this would make me feel better about having gone to art school.

It didn't.

posted by Pecinpah at 1:40 PM on August 6, 2010

Jumpman! That game was great. I also loved the one where you had to solve all these Wile E. Coyote puzzles... what was that called?
posted by Mister_A at 2:09 PM on August 6, 2010

I thought the eternal font of pleasant time wasters was Comic-Sans.
posted by hippybear at 2:14 PM on August 6, 2010

magenta doesn't exist.

Or rather, it does, unless your definition of existence excludes all value variations. Humanity has evolved in a way which has, over time, recognized more and more color distinctions. This isn't about differentiating between off-white and eggshell, but rather what our consciousness understands a color to be. Universally, human tribes will first only understand "light" and "dark," which will linguistically become "black" and "white." Then, again universally, there will come an understanding of "red," and then on down the line.

I can't speak to the reasons behind this, though red's position at one far end of the visual spectrum probably has something to do with it. The point is that we see green, red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, etc. as different colors. They are simply different. But within those, you recognize lime green and hunter green both as "green." They are subcategories. And dark green and light green, more to the point, are both green. This is true for all basic consciously understood hues.

Except for Red. We find ourselves at that point in human progress where we understand "Grey," and set black and white apart as not really part of what we understand as the spectrum, and then we apply the rules of black, white and grey only to the hue of red, as far as consciously distringuishing between colors. So Pink doesn't look like Red to us, even though it is, as much as Light blue is simply Blue.

I recommend reading through ZenMasterThis's links, though. It gives some interesting stuff about how Magenta cancels out Green, and what have you, but in all honesty, most "colors" aren't colors, or "don't exist" if you subject them to the logic which claims that Magenta doesn't. Brown, for instance.

Also, this game is tons of fun, and is a lot like an ADD-addled, low-res version of this.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:05 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

And now, having read a little more, I realize that most of my comment was of a completely different discussion than what ZenMasterThis posted. Sorry about that, y'all.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:08 PM on August 6, 2010

Also, having beaten it now, I can say that I found level 22 to be WAY more frustrating than level 30.

Not that Level 30 was a cakewalk, mind you.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:37 PM on August 6, 2010

So Pink doesn't look like Red to us, even though it is, as much as Light blue is simply Blue.

That's cultural words for colors. Pink looks 'pink' because we have a word for it and don't call it "light red." In Russian, they have 2 words for blue, one for light, one for dark, which are as distinct to them as pink and red are to us. There's also Brown, which is really just dark orange.

The funny thing about Magenta, though, is that it doesn't fall on the light spectrum. You can find pure red light, pure orange, etc, all the way to pure violet, before falling off the visible level at ultraviolet. Magenta, though, is a dual-spectrum color, a combination of purple and red. That's what's meant by "magenta doesn't exist."
posted by explosion at 8:52 PM on August 6, 2010

explosion: having read more, I get that now, and find it fascinating. Thanks for explaining more fully to anyne else here who didn't understand, though.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:18 PM on August 6, 2010

Magenta doesn't exist the way white doesn't exist, and it isn't a color the way xrays are one.

Back to the game: Funnish, but I decided that level 30 was not worth the bother. Then I watched the walkthrough for it and found out that I was right!
posted by aubilenon at 4:12 AM on August 7, 2010

explosion: there's no pink wavelength either. It's mostly red, but has some blue and green. Every color that's not fully saturated works the same way. Lavender, baige, penis, etc.
posted by aubilenon at 4:15 AM on August 7, 2010

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