My latest addiction, if you follow my Twitter page, is the Disney/Marvel Tsum Tsum apps. For those – like me – that don’t/didn’t know what Tsum Tsum are, they’re cute plush characters created for the Disney Store in Japan and the U.S. They’re like fluffy little balls that come in different sizes, from what I can tell by what’s online. Here’s a link to a site called Tsum Tsum Central that gives you info and access to all things Tsum Tsum.
My addiction lies with the two apps available on iOS and Android. Disney/Pixar Tsum Tsum, and Marvel Tsum Tsum. The Disney Tsum Tsum app is pretty straight forward. You collect the Tsum Tsums of various Disney and Pixar characters and play a jumbled up connection game. Sort of like Candy Crush or Bejeweled, except you can drag your finger to connect all nearby characters of the same type. Say, all the Mickey’s that are touching. As long as you have three together, you’re good. You can string together as many as you are able. The Disney Tsum Tsum app is the simplest. You just play for points and to level up your characters. No real management to it.
The Marvel Tsum Tsum app is where the collection and management fun comes in! With the Marvel characters, you get to not only collect them, but they also have levels, level caps you have to manage, powers you can unlock and upgrade, power-ups via the ever present Iso-8 substance, and special character specific stages. There’s also a rock-paper-scissors style of strategy, where certain characters can trump other characters, which is where a Battle Arena comes into play. Lots of options here. You can play through regular stages, play through special stages for points to buy power-ups or gems to buy new Tsum Tsums, or go to the Battle Arena and fight other players. There is also a Friends/Co-Op mode, from what I can tell, but I haven’t played with it yet.
The only thing I’ve had difficulty with is the Disney Tsum Tsum app and the LINE account management which will save your data for transfer between devices. You only seem to be able to sign up and manage it through a completely separate app for the LINE service. I haven’t downloaded it and don’t plan to. The game will save your data locally as a Guest, but if you lose it, it’s gone for good and you have to start over.
If you’re looking for a fun, quick, cute and simple game, pick up Disney Tsum Tsum. If you want to add a bit of rpg-ish management and challenge, get the Marvel Tsum Tsum app. Personally, I recommend both!