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Colorfy-Coloring Book Free - Fun Games For Free

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Colorfy is a colouring in game targeted at adults. Caution: In app purchases

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Colorfy-Coloring Book Free was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 August 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Colorfy-Coloring Book Free
Developed by: Fun Games For Free
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: rated for 3+, iTunes Store: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 13+ due to in app purchases
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Colorfy-Coloring Book Free contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was played for approximately 45 minutes

App description

Colorfy is an app based around colouring-in, and is targeted towards adults instead of children. The objective is to merely choose from the range of stencils and use the various colour palettes to colour them in section-by-section. The skills required include motor skills to use the app (and to tap on very small, complex portions of the stencils), as well as general creativity.

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, players are met with a beautifully designed homepage which displays the text “Colorfy: Coloring for Adults”. Upon clicking the Open icon to enter the app, players are taken to a library of stencil options – it is divided into categories of Florals, Animals, Famous, Messages/Text, Cats, Gardens, Patterns, Mandalas, Oriental, and Exotic. Each of these categories contains a range of unlocked and locked stencils for players to colour-in. They increase in complexity and detail as players progress through the ‘volumes’ within each category.

When a player selects one of the stencils, they are taken to a new screen which contains the stencil itself in the centre (black outlined, on a white background), as well as a range of basic colours. There are additional colour palettes which are locked, including ones such as the Vivid Colour Palette, Shades of Dark Palette, Autumn Palette, etc. These must be unlocked by making an in-app purchase with real-life money.

Players can have three pencils with colours selected at any given time, so that it is easier to switch between them if they are being repeatedly or frequently used. The actual colouring process is undertaken by selecting a colour, and tapping on a given area of the stencil – this then auto-fills the entire area with that colour. It is possible to undo all of the colouring options by reversing each step, as well as to download and share a player’s artwork via social media (the app offers players links to Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and other websites). It is also possible to pinch the screen to zoom in and out, in order to colour areas with finer detail.

In App purchasing

For the images and colour palettes which are locked, it is possible to unlock these via making an in-app purchase. For instance, Volume 3 within the Mandalas library is locked, and all five images can be purchased for $2.68. The Oriental library contains a Volume 2 which can be unlocked for $2.71, whilst Volume 1 within the Exotic library must be unlocked with a purchase of $2.68. Prices vary slightly but are around the same price. These allow the player to have more stencil options to work through.

For the locked purchasable colour palettes, the prices range from $4.03 to $4.06. These allow players to have a wider variety of colour shades to utilise in their artworks.

Online information

In addition to sharing one’s own images via social media websites, the app contains a ‘Get Inspired’ section where players can log in via Instagram in order to view the stencils other people have created. There is a message stating that the app developers are working to create a new login option for people who do not currently have an existing Instagram account – this will be available soon.

Gambling

no gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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