Sushi Mushi Review
- Colorful monsters.
- Match-3 happening on two levels.
- Because you're playing against others, you have to wait for them.
- Having to pay coins to access practice mode.
A competitive match-3 game with some fun gameplay, somewhat hampered by focusing on multiplayer and being freemium.
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Some game names are just fun to say, whether you put on a silly accent or not. Sushi Mushi is such a game. Of course a fun name doesn't necessarily translate into a fun to play game, but that's of course why we have this review. So what is Sushi Mushi? It's a match-3 game that works on two levels, where you roll as much sushi as possible to feed your gluttonous yet cute little monster, who rises through the ranks of sushi roller until you get to the prestigious black belt. Oh, and it's technically a turn based multiplayer game a la Words With Friends.
Your matching power works in two ways as the sushi litters your screen. You can match sushi by color, or you can match them by shape. There are bonuses for creating a color match that includes all the shapes, and vice versa. After the tutorial explains how to play the game, and how to try and get the highest score in the time limit, you're placed in the lobby where you must search for friends or random opponents to do battle with. Seeing this is a turn based multiplayer game, yes it works how you might be thinking it works. You play a round of the game (being able to bring along up to two power-ups if you have the coins), and then when the round is done, your score is tallied and you go back to the lobby. Once your opponent has played their round, the winner is determined and this keeps going till someone wins a best of two out of three. Then experience is awarded, and the game continues.
Seeing it's a freemium game, you might be wondering about how intrusive the coin system is. Well the game contains ads (which can be removed by making any purchase of coins in the shop). The entire store is cosmetic, and many options are belt locked, until you reach the appropriate level. Really, the only downside of the whole system is that since you find yourself waiting around for your opponents, you might want to play a practice round and hone your skills. Well, sadly that costs coins, so as it's not really an option, you either need to wait around or start a game with a new opponent.
The monsters are amusing and colorful (and their gobbling of the sushi at the end of a round never really gets old), and as a match-3 game, it's quite addictive. The forcing of multiplayer and restrictions based on coins and experience are cumbersome, but it is a free title, and really they're not that intrusive. If you're looking for something in the match-3 genre, give this one a look.
DescriptionFill your Monster's belly full of fun!
Swipe, match, and win in this savory sushi swiping saga... It's Sushi Mushi!
• Simple to play – Touch-and-drag to match sushi bites for your Monster to munch on.
• Fun to master – Make the most of special abilities and surprises for huge scores. Your Monster has plenty of tricks up its sleeve...
• Choose from 16 awesome Monster types and customize them with over 100 "Bling" items. Show off your Monster to others!
• Single-player episodes – A tasty variety of challenging levels with more to come.
• Multi-player with others – Outsmart your friends and other sushi masters. Play your turn when you’re ready.
• Level up – Win big to earn your Black Belt and monstrous respect.
• Gifts of good fortune – Share sushi smarts and wisdom from Fortune Cookies to help your friends.
• Get social – Battle your Facebook friends and show them your sushi supremacy!
What the critics say:
"Sushi Mushi is one of the surprise gems of the App Store, an attention-grabbing match-three puzzler that'll provide hours of enjoyment, while making users the slightest bit hungry in the process. Recommended." – Modojo
"If you're into playing games like Words With Friends, with friends, and think a puzzler might fit in nicely with your friendship wars, Sushi Mushi delivers a lot more than just raw fish." – Classic Game Room
"Yummy, yummy, sushi in my tummy!" - Some Imaginary Monster
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Sushi Mushi is completely free to play but some in-game items such as power-ups may require payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings.