Battleflood Review

Battleflood Review

Apr 6, 2011

Battleflood is based on the flood-fill algorithm – this means that starting from the corner of the screen, you select a color, and any directly adjacent blocks to your set of blocks will fill up with the color of your blocks. In gameplay, this works as you are competing against a second player, and you are trying to fill up over half of the board as quickly as possible. You start in the lower left corner, and your opponent in the top right. Your only real restriction is that you can’t choose the same color as your opponent, in part so you can’t take over their blocks, and to add some strategy to the game – you could pick a color that your opponent has a lot of to block their move, in order to make a better move for yourself.

Battleflood has left no stone unturned when it comes to options – everything from the color scheme, board size, color clustering, color scheme, move time (so you can make the game as fast or slow-paced as you want), and more. If it’s something that you think should be tweaked about the game…you can probably tweak it. You can also play multiplayer against another friend on the same device. The game’s simplicity is what makes it so much fun – once you figure out what you’re doing, it’s all gameplay. And you can really make the game play how you want with the options, and you can change the experience to your whim.

The only problem with some of the larger boards is that If you’re colorblind, you’ll want to stay away from Battleflood – the colors are hard enough to pick out for me, someone who isn’t colorblind, although you may be able to find enough of a mix with the different colors in the full version that it would be visible. The game is kind of small on phones – if you have an Android tablet, this will look a lot better on that device’s larger screen, if it looks similar to how the iPad version looks. As well, I’d love to see some kind of online play, if justifiable – or even just a 4-player mode, as I think it could work.

Battleflood is easy to play, difficult to master. The free version is well worth checking out to see if you’ll enjoy the concept, and if you find yourself wanting to tweak the game, then you’ll want to check out the paid version, for sure. Just prepare to squint.

Battleflood Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Colorful and clean interface, but the colors can often be hard to decipher between one another on a large board.
Controls - The buttons work fine, but it can be hard to tell which colors are next to yours sometimes due to the large board.
Gameplay - Simple to pick up, difficult to master - and you can definitely tweak the experience to your liking.
Replay Value - Local multiplayer, and all the options give you different ways to play the game in the way you like.
Overall - A simple concept that's fun to play - it's hardly perfect, and works a lot better on tablets, but fun nonetheless.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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