Hue: Showing A World’s True Colours

A boy and his colour palette

One of the games which caught my eye at Rezzed on Friday was Hue [official site] – a platformer which relies on you manipulating the background colour of a level to progress.

According to developer Dan da Rocha the idea is that your character – Hue – is searching for his mother. She’s a scientist who has invented an annular spectrum which allows you to see colour in the otherwise monochrome world. That’s the device Hue is using in the video as he explores.

By switching between ten different colours you can reveal or conceal objects, depending on how you need to manipulate them in order to access more of the level. There wasn’t much to play on the show floor so it’s hard to say much about the game itself or the strength of any puzzles but I did like the art style.

You can see how the game works in the video above. Oh, and when you’ve watched it you can also help me with this: I’m so sure there’s another game which had a similar idea regarding colour switching and I was trying to remember what it was so I could compare the two. Any ideas? I’m drawing a total blank.

9 Comments

  1. Steven Hutton says:

    Mordekaiser es #1!

  2. W4nT4n says:

    Closure used a somewhat similar mechanic, though there it was defined as light and darkness, thus only using black and white. There was also another flashgame, that worked on the base of two (maybe three?) colours. The main theme there was “dont jump into the spikes by hitting the right colour”. Sadly I forgot the name, should be up somwhere on one of the flashgame-sites.

  3. Sir_Deimos says:

    Color Symphony has a pretty similar mechanic but only uses 3 colors. It’s free and pretty short, but the controls were a little iffy.

  4. Stopsignal says:

    This could be like Time Fcuk, by the sound of it? That one was an awesome game.

  5. cloudnein says:

    Sometimes it sucks to be colorblind. :/

    • cloudnein says:

      (although doesn’t seem too dependent on color vision, which is good!)

    • thehen says:

      Hey there, I’m the developer on Hue. We’ve been building in a ‘colourblind mode’ using symbols. Hopefully that should solve any issues!

  6. Rae says:

    Looks soothing and is the other game Monochrome?

  7. Nixitur says:

    The only game I cyan remember using color switching to reveal or hide obstacles and enemies is Virtual Silence by Virtanen. It’s a completely different sort of game, though.