Friday, August 23, 2019

Color Clash

To compensate for the lacking sounds, I decided to add a background tune - by The Phantom.

ZX Spectrum colour clash?

No, Colour Clash is a puzzler released in 1992 by AnimalSoft and stars Antonius the chameleon who has been captured by a mad scientist. Yup, there is usually some crazy fool trying to rule our world and this one has decided to force a chameleon to complete a maze. The task? To find dead flies - and eat them. I bet you didn't expect that, right??

The first room is easy and nicely demonstrates the game's basic mechanics whilst giving a feel of how to control Antonius. It's here we learn that he can jump but can only eat the flies from a horizontal direction. Also, there are always nasties to avoid which can cause our critter to explode into pieces with just a single touch. Ouch, this game is so unique!

You'll need to stop and think a lot so check out a couple of screenshots for an idea of what to expect...

(top) I found it easy. But (lower) is something that had me stumped for a *long* time... sigh!

My brain hurts!

It's not until the later levels that you realise we can gain a few extra abilities to help us out. These are enabled by collecting coloured cards that not only changes our chameleon's appearance but will also activate a new ability:

* Red allows us to reach high places by inflating ourselves like a balloon!
* Green is pretty cool because we can now use our tail as a weapon.
* Blue gives us a long and sticky tongue which is great for moving objects.
* Yellow turns us back to our default colour and we can also jump.

Trying to figure out how each room can be completed is very taxing on the old brain cells. This is the kind of game that will catch you out so many times with regard to planning the best route - and how best to use your special abilities. After all, any card can only be collected (and used) only once. This means that whenever you return back to default, you cannot switch to another colour unless there is a card to collect. Thankfully, there is no time limit!!

Colour Clash has a password feature - so blow on a trumpet whilst dancing naked in the streets!! Yes, this is a fabulous addition and something that I wish more games had because it makes your progression far more achievable. No longer will you need to restart from scratch each and every time. Well done AnimalSoft and top marks from me!

Fancy another couple of screenshots. Of course, you do so here you go...

(top) is easy and so obvious! But (lower) is the dreaded level 11 which has me stumped!!

Input & Output

The joystick controls are dead simple to move Antonius and the fire button performs a leap (or a special ability). Pushing upwards will pause the game where you can also access the menu bar at the top of your screen which provides three choices: DEF means default and will turn Antonius back to his default colour of yellow. NOT will do nothing and return you to the game. KIL explodes our loveable chameleon if ever you need to restart.

Aesthetically, we have a rather basic appearance with little audio. Now, that may seem a little naff to some, but no game needs spanky visuals to be playable, especially a puzzler. However, having said that, and in true AnimalSoft tradition, the sprites are gorgeous - so cute and beautifully drawn. However, I do wish there was a background tune...

It looks like an Amstrad game (with superb sprites) but I can't help but dump a couple more screenshots on you...

(top) is so frustratingly obvious, but (lower) is tricky and requires serious thought.

The CryptO'pinion?

I've really enjoyed this brain-blaster and that's not something I say often about many puzzlers thanks to my short temper! As I write, I still cannot beat level 11, which has me stumped and is driving me nuts! However, the game loses none of its appeal during these difficult moments. It's true, each day I've found myself staring at my monitor - baffled but happy.

A torturous puzzler and one I thoroughly recommended, even if they spelt colour incorrectly :^)

I would like to shout out a huge thank you to one of our kind Patreons who suggested that I should play something by AnimalSoft. Richard Davey, you were absolutely right about both AnimalSoft and this cunning puzzler!!

Level Codes - can you help??

Level 1 - Starring
Level 2 - Antonius
Level 3 - Coloring
Level 4 - Rainbows
Level 5 - Bestowed
Level 6 - With The
Level 7 - Enormous
Level 8 - Quest Of
Level 9 - Escaping
Level 10 - From The
Level 11 - EvilOnes
Level 12 - ????????


  1. We need PP to add your sound track to a DMA STE version.

    1. Exactly what I thought. I do wonder how difficult this is one a game (for him, I mean). After all, I imagine we could all produce a list of games which would work brilliantly with a stream sample playing. Did you see my videos/posts here for games like Rogue or Cannon Fodder, etc??
      I hate that H-scrolling in CF but the music certainly peps it up. I've got a range of ZZ Top, Metallica and more tunes on my drive :)

  2. Yes Level 11 was a right hard one, I would say the solution is an unexpected one, I won't ruin it. I think level 11 was the level that stumped my dad back in the day. Richard Davey is right this is a really good game. A must play for any puzzle fans I would say.

    1. Hmm I've not played this for ages. Level 11 is too scary to try again? ;-)
      Your dad? Now I feel old lol

    2. Id like the code to level 12

  3. I finally managed to beat this old gem. A clue for Stage 11 is that you can jump over a 3 block wide gap if you time it just right. I recorded a solution for this particular stage:

    And the final, Stage 36:

    And here are all the passwords:

    1 - STARRING
    2 - ANTONIUS
    3 - COLORING
    4 - RAINBOWS
    5 - BESTOWED
    6 - WITH.THE
    7 - ENORMOUS
    8 - QUEST.OF
    9 - ESCAPING
    10 - FROM.THE
    11 - EVILONES
    12 - BIGMAZES
    13 - RESCUING
    14 - THE.GIRL
    15 - KILLING.
    16 - DRNIPPON
    17 - THE.EVIL
    18 - JAPANEZE
    19 - LUNATIC!
    20 - DONTGIVE
    21 - ITUPNOW!
    22 - ENDLESS?
    23 - COME.ON!
    24 - TOOHARD?
    25 - JUSTWAIT
    26 - ISITRED?
    27 - ORGREEN?
    28 - MAYBE.IT
    29 - IS.BLUE?
    30 - NO!IT.IS
    31 - SUINOTNA
    32 - BREETHIN
    33 - DOWN.HIS
    34 - ORIENTAL
    35 - NECK!!!!
    36 - FINISHME

    1. You sir are a legend!!!!! Wow, I cannot wait to try out these codes (which are a story in themselves lol). Liking that last code... doh!