Browser game of the week: Color Theory

We know the deal: You're looking for ways to waste time at work, and we're here to help you waste it. Hence, Browser game of the week, our new feature, where we'll comb the depths of the Flash game vortex and pick different games for you to waste away your Wednesday with. We'll do our best to feature a wide variety of picks, from click happy puzzlers to artsy showboating. Our first pick goes to Joseph Cox's Color Theory, a game that starts simple and cute before completely wasting your brain into oblivion. This one probably falls as far away from the relaxation tree as possible, and will likely twist your mind and fingers into so many knots you'll need a Navy seal to cut you loose.

As the story goes, you're a tiny little dude and you want to make your way to the vortex, which takes you to the next level. While that's not much of a plot, we found ourselves hooked straight from the start. The game is called Color Theory because, simply put, it's a color puzzler. You hit colored signs, and depending on their color as well as your own, a piece of the map appears or disappears. While that's all well and good at first, you soon start running into enemies, spikes and vast open areas that'll kill you on the spot. About midway through you'll start running into some gravity puzzles to boot -- forcing you to run and jump on ceilings while the same deadly forces get in your way. It's harder than it sounds, and if you're anything like us, you'll find you start tilting your head a bit to comprehend what's going on.

Add to the gameplay a lovingly crafted score that manages to slip far enough into the background while still remaining poignant and you have yourself a winner of an experience. It's tough in the way old games were tough -- relentless in its accuracy and unforgiving in its physics.

If you don't pull your hair out by the final level, we commend you -- you're a better gamer than us.

Play it here.

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