I’m obsessed with color. In fact, I’m obsessive-compulsive. There is a part of my brain that just can't stop thinking about colors. It’s usually focused on what pure primary colors would be blended to create whatever I'm looking at. It’s sort of an ink-blending process that’s always happening in my head. I have assigned colors to my fingers (black, white, yellow, red, blue) and I use them to tap out combinations to make the colors around me. Yep, things just got weird. I do it all the time. If you’re ever in the car with me and you notice my fingers tapping, I’m probably doing the white dotted lines on the freeway or the different paints on the curb. It’s just a tick, it doesn’t hurt anything. But if they ever haul me off to the looney bin I have a feeling it will come up.
I’ve never met anyone else with this tick, but after playing Blendoku, a puzzle game by Lonely Few, I think I must have a kindred spirit. Blendoku is hyped as a colorful twist on Sudoku, but the goal is much different. In Sudoku, you solve a puzzle wherein numbers are distributed once per row, once per column, and once per box in a completely random sequence. In Blendoku, sequence is everything. You have tiles of various shades and you have to find the correct sequence in which one blends into the next. It’s a truly visual game, and a completed Blendoku puzzle makes a kind of SENSE to color fanatics like me. If you're a visual person, and especially a color person, go get this on your phone right now. And also let me know if you do the finger-tapping thing too.