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Crayola Treasure Adventures

Crayola Treasure Adventures is impossible to dislike. With its hugely likeable interface and iconic mascot ‘Tip’ the red crayon, the game is insanely cute. While its lifespan will differ between the people that play it, there is much to like about Treasure Adventures, and its appeal to the younger market especially, will last.

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The game may not have many options, but what it lacks in variety it makes up for in its simple yet enjoyable formula. From the main screen there are only two modes to choose from – Adventure and Colouring Book, and while the former will only last you a half hour at most, it’s the latter where this game can shine.

The adventure mode is split into three locations – Jungle, Desert and Pirate, and is a cycle of jigsaw puzzles, dot to dots, and speed colouring. Repetition does kick in, but as each location can be completed in ten minutes its not like you’re being asked to do them an unhealthy amount. The story consists of three ‘baddies’, who have taken the colour crystals that are slowly taking the colours away from the world. It’s a cutesy and inoffensive plot for children that does the job, but is generally a shallow affair. ‘Tip’ the crayon acts as your friend through the adventure, and his friendly words make him feel like a true accomplice.

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As Treasure Adventures is primarily for children, the tasks to complete in adventure mode are suitably easy. The jigsaw puzzles are small with just a few pieces to slot together, the dot to dots consist of just a few dots, and the speed colouring, perhaps the only activity with the slightest hint of challenge, is almost frantic. Each activity moves the story on, pointing to the next area, so it’s completely linear. Once the mode is complete, it’s likely you won’t be returning. The colouring book will take up most of your time, and with the adventure mode finished you’ll have over a hundred crayons at your disposal.

The colouring book is what makes the game stand out. It’s a hugely simple idea, but one that’s executed almost perfectly, with the exception being the inability to save your pictures. As you progress through adventure mode you unlock new crayons and pictures for your colouring book, so by the time you’re done there, your book will be filled with a whole assortment of pictures to colour.

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There are six sets of pictures in the book, such as sea creatures, vehicles, and farm animals, and each has around fifteen pictures to choose from, so you’re never short on choice. Colouring is a breeze and effortless to perform; pick a crayon colour, choose a thickness, and finally whether your colour is a marker or crayon. The options for colouring are fairly limited, but you won’t mind since the pure act of colouring is such a peaceful and fulfilling experience. It’s a shame you can’t save your masterpieces, as saving a gallery and showing your friends would’ve be fantastic. It’s impossible to go over the lines too, no doubt being a feature for children – it’s a wise choice. For adults the colouring book will probably last a week or two, for children, the possibilities are endless.

The visuals are competent for this type of game, but don’t break any barriers. The pictures are a treat for the eye, and the colours are vibrant, but there isn’t much more past that. Sound is also functional but limited, with a cheery soundtrack amongst all the colouring.

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It’s a good game, but there’s isn’t much to it apart from colouring, which is the whole point. No longer will children need to pack their messy crayons and paper when on the move, just their DS and stylus; and as that’s the case, Crayola Treasure Adventures can colour in a healthy green tick by its name.

6 out of 10

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is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in July 2007. Get in touch on Twitter @_Frey.

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