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Sushi Cat: Word Search Game is a word game that leans on its charms to stand out. In this game, you aren’t just creating words. Each combination of words turns into a sushi roll, which is then fed to cartoon cat in a feeding frenzy. Aside from this adorable vision for the game though, Sushi Cat doesn’t stand out in the sea of word games on the App Store.
The setup for Sushi Cat is dead simple. At the top of the screen, you see sets of blank squares representing words, and at the bottom you are given a few letters that you can drag between to try and fill in each of these sets of squares. So, if you have the letters E, R, D, A, you can swipe to spell things like “dear,” “ear,” and “red” to start filling in the words.
With the game’s theming, the squares representing blank letters are actually beds of rice, and the letters represent fish. Once you’ve completed all of the words on a given level, a cat appears and eats all of the word sushi you’ve made in a feeding frenzy before moving you on to the next level.
Tools of the trade
Aside from simply stringing letters together to form words, Sushi Cat has some additional functionality to help you if you feel stuck. Some of these are standard word game tools like a shuffle and hint button, but there’s also a system for rewarding players who make words that don’t fit into any of the blanks.
If you happen to make a word that doesn’t fit any of the pre-determined word slots on a level, it goes into a little bento box of all your extra words. When this box is full, you can then turn in these extra words for coins. It’s not a huge aspect of the game, but it is nice that the game provides a reward for finding new words rather than just rejecting them outright.
Familiar and free-to-play
Generally speaking, Sushi Cat is a competent word game, but there’s nothing about it that really stands out beyond its aesthetic. You’re essentially playing a word scramble on your phone, and this game does very little to change up that formula at all.
Sushi Cat is also not particularly unique when it comes to its free-to-play structure. Hints are offered in exchange for coins, which you can earn in a variety of ways, like watching ads or paying for them. Additionally, the game has pop-up video ads that may play between levels. It’s not a great experience, but it’s nothing unexpected from free mobile games these days.
The bottom line
Sushi Cat is cute and competent, but that’s about it. If you just want a simple word game on your phone, you might enjoy this one, but there are also a million other games just like it on the App Store. Unless there’s something about this game’s cute aesthetic that really speaks to you, there’s not a huge reason to play Sushi Cat over most other word games.