Worth iTrying
Sushi Mushi

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 16th, 2013

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Are you hungry for a new multi-player puzzle game? Look no further! From Aspyr Media comes a colorful new iOS morsel called Sushi Mushi, a turn-based two-player puzzler which is a lot of fun, even if there is some stiff competition out there.

The playing area is filled with various columns of sushi that consist of coloured shapes. The idea of the game is help your avatar (a cute monster) to create “sushi rolls” within a time limit by drawing a line through at least three adjacent rolls that share the same colour, the same shape, or a combination of the two. Once a roll is created, it disappears, the sushi above the newly-created spaces falls to fill in the gaps, and new sushi falls from the top of the screen to make a full playing area once more.

Of course, given the fact that you are competing against an online opponent (be it a friend, random, or someone from Facebook), there are power-ups, special powers and extra game elements to either aid you in winning or usher you to loserville. For instance, players can create “rob rolls” by matching four pieces of sushi that share the same shape – but are all different colours. These rolls allow you to steal completed rolls from your opponent. Conversely, “feed rolls”, comprised of four different shapes of the same colour, allow your monster to eat sushi rolls that you have created, effectively banking points.

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If you’re playing online you will be destroyed if you don’t pay attention.

In addition to this sushi-eaten-or-be-eaten mechanic, one-off power-ups appear from time to time, helping to clear the board or award points. As you gain points, you gain levels (in the form of a martial arts belt system; you also gain in-game currency). Reaching Yellow Belt level allows you to use some of your in-game currency to buy special powers that help you by extending your round time or highlighting various roll combinations. These specials can also be attained by fulfilling different objectives. In-game currency can also be used to play single-player matches to practice your skillz.

Visually, Sushi Mushi is vibrant and animated; audio is equally fun, with bright cheery tunes and cartoonish sound effects. It runs smoothly on my 4th-Gen iPod Touch with no crashes. The only real issue is the disparity between skill levels when you play online. There are a lot of skilled players out of there that must have watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi far too many times because they create rolls wickedly fast.

Sushi Mushi is definitely a lot of fun. It’s a free download, so you’re not going to break the bank unless you do any in-app purchases (which, thankfully, the developers don’t seem to place a great deal of stress on). A pick-up-and-play kinda title, Sushi Mushi will keep you entertained and returning to play again and again.

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