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.