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Sushi Boy Review

By , on November 3, 2010


Sushi Boy
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Bright fun visual style.
  • Lots of unlockable bonuses to keep you sucked in.
  • Simple gameplay concept.

CONS

  • Audio glitch cutting off the bonus music.
  • No alternatives to grinding coins.

VERDICT

Sushi Boy squeezes almost every ounce of fun and energy it can out of something as simple as catching sushi falling from the sky, making it a hard game to put down.


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Sushi Boy by wefiends is perhaps one of the best examples of how casual games can turn a simple idea in to something just short of an instant classic. As Sushi Boy your task is to catch all the sushi as it drops from the sky, however once you've mastered the basics you'll be able to unlock companions, outfits and new locations to enhance your gameplay.

Players can choose between touch or tilt controls to shift around the screen and tilting quickly or double-tapping will perform a quick dash to speed you up. The first session which is locked on easy can take a long time to finish, however randomly interspersed bonus-coin rounds and a slowly increasing pace keep things just fresh enough to hang on. However this is when things start to get really interesting as players can then unlock hats that imbue you with new powers; companions to make life easier; and new environments to move around in.

The sticker-art style is absolutely perfect for this Asian-inspired game and the crisp designs just drip with a fun attitude that's infectious. Keeping a smile off my face was almost impossible and unlocking more costumes and pets just kept it locked in place.

Sushi Boy is an incredibly detailed and featured game for such a simple concept and the balance of basic gameplay with lots of tiny rewards easily keeps things interesting through multiple sessions. Furthermore the addition of purchasable expansions gives Sushi Boy a shelf-life that goes beyond expectations and if you're after something simple and addictive then this is the next purchase for you.

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Comments

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rekz 3 years, 11 months ago

While I appreciate there is subtlety, good design, and a fun creative twist on this game concept, I would never buy it & know I would hate this kind of game after 5-10 minutes.  It reminds me of a very old Atari game, where players caught bombs that a nasty robber was dropping (I forget the game's name).

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andrew 3 years, 11 months ago

All I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised to find the game far more addictive than I would have assumed it to be. The unlockables really add an extra dimension to the gameplay, making the hardest difficulty worth taking head-on (the speed-ups are much faster). Also, while not everyone is likely to spend more money on the game, the idea of having downloadable extras was a neat touch that ensures there's always the potential for something new :)