I may be terrible at filling up my iPad with apps compared to others who own one, but one game that didn’t require a lot of thinking to have on my iPad was a little game called Sushi Cat. Way before I had the money to buy an iPad, my cousin was responsible for introducing me to this cute little app game and it was instant love. Sushi Cat, developed by Armor Games, is a free game that was once an iOS exclusive until it was eventually made available for the Android.
The story, if you can call it one, has this round, chubby blue cat happily bouncing along the sidewalk, minding its own business until he spots a cute female pink cat. The blue cat is immediately smitten with her until a crazy amount of obstacles stand in your cute hero’s way of being with his lady kitty love. For some reason, the way to get to the kitty female of his dreams, our blue kitty has to fatten up, sumo wrestler style, by gorging on lots and lots of sushi.
Doesn’t make sense? Yeah, I don’t quite get the set up either, but it doesn’t matter because the game is super fun and cute. Each level has your cat held up by a pair of chopsticks to slide from side to side until you are ready to tap on the touch screen to drop him down in a spot you think will get him to consume the most sushi. Think of the game as kind of like the Price is Right’s Plinko game, or as it has been said, taken after the Japanese game of Pachinko.
You are given a limited amount of blue cats to use to achieve “Full Belly” status before moving onto the next level. Choosing where you wish your cat to drop down and nom his way to a fat belly needs to be done carefully. If you don’t achieve “Full Belly” status and you run out of cats to spare, then you have to start the level over again. Each new level unlocked brings your blue kitty hero closer to his love.
The app game isn’t particularly hard if you figure out the best spots to drop your cat for the maximum amount of sushi eating. There are little power ups scattered in each level to help you get the most sushi your cat can eat if you are lucky enough to drop your cat in the right places. The graphics are done in an adorable, cartoonish style, it’s colorful, and it’s fun to watch your cat get fat and kind of bounce around like a balloon.
When I finally got an iPad, one of the first app games I did download was Sushi Cat. It was such a happy world to be a part of, even if the simple little story made absolutely no sense at all. It probably isn’t sending a good message about obesity when you already have a fat cat whose main goal in the game is to get fatter by eating way more sushi than what’s healthy or recommended to eat. However, it’s easy to be charmed by this game of a cat looking for love and doing everything he can in the name of love.
It’s a good casual game to come back to when you feel like playing something simple and doesn’t require a lot of thought. It’s also a good way to pass the time when you are on your lunch break or waiting to meet a friend.
Does our chubby kitty win his love? You’ll have to download the game and find out.