So I Tried... Suika Game
Each edition of So I Tried… I will try a game that I have never played before. Will I find something new to love? Will I find something new to despise? I'll take a full half hour, no matter how bad it gets or how badly I do, to see if this is the game for me. This time, I went for Suika Game, a puzzle game on the Nintendo Switch.
Now, it is likely you know what this game is, as plenty of streamers have played it. I also remember there was a controversy about the game, where the developer tried to restrict it from being streamed before they quickly backtracked on that. I decided to download the game since I had enough Gold Points on my account to download it for free. So, let’s see if I do any better.
What I thought it was
It's a simple physics-based puzzle game where you combine berries to make bigger berries (watermelons are berries, by the way) while also ensuring you don’t overflow the bucket. I’ve watched people play this game before and seen thumbnails and titles of videos calling it “the hardest game” or something to that effect. I think it's an exaggeration, clickbait for a game that costs £2.69 (nice). I’m sure I could get more points than the average streamer in 30 minutes.
What it actually is
I did not get more points. I actually did worse.
Suika Game is actually a lot more complicated than I initially thought while playing. Because it’s physics-based, not everything you do will go as well as you hope. Berries can very easily roll around and block others, and that bucket can fill surprisingly quickly. It can also really screw you over at times, as when those berries pop, it can send smaller berries flying… sometimes out of the bucket, ending a run early where there’s still plenty of space. Getting more than 2000 points is an achievement, although it’s really only because I only had 30 minutes with the game. With enough time, I could probably get it consistently. However, checking the leaderboards, I don’t think I’ll be getting any score above 11000 anytime soon.
Will I keep playing
Oh, hell yes. It is very addicting. Sure, there’s only one music track that can get on your nerves to the point where you actively feel yourself losing brain cells, but it is a really fun and simple puzzle game. It’s also really damn cheap, so there’s next to no reason not to get it. It’s more than worth the asking price.