Have you ever felt like you wanted to play a puzzle game on the go, but forgot your cartridge/or were to lazy to pick it ? And you want a bit of math to go with it ? Well, if that’s the case, you’ll enjoy Sumico.
Sumico is all about gameplay. You have a pile of cases with numbers on them, and, using cases featuring common operators in math, you must complete various tasks (mostly reaching a number). To help, you, there are 5 operators in this game: There’s the + (sum), – (subtraction), / (division), ² (squared), and finally, the x (multiplication).
Controls are quite easy, you just slide the stylus on the screen to select multiple cases, and when you’re done, you release the stylus to grab a few points.
But here’s the catch; if you want a lot of points, you need to be wise, and select multiple cases at once. Each time you add a number and an operator to it, the number of points you can get increases! And don’t worry, if you have made a mistake, you simply tap that “cancel” icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and you’ll be back on the rails ! However, if you managed to complete the task, and if you want to cancel, well; don’t search, you can’t. You’ll have to restart.
For graphics and musics, I, however, can’t evaluate Sumico. As I said, Sumico focus more on gameplay than on music or graphics. Graphics are relatively simple, and it isn’t the main thing here, while the music is nice, but sometimes, to have a better focus, you might want to toggle it off.
Sumico finally features 82 levels in its campaign mode, and if that’s not enough for you, or if you just want to see how far you can go, Sumico also features an endless mode. It’s quite nice.
Conclusion: You don’t play Sumico if you’re aiming for top-level music or graphics, or if you simply despise mathematics. You simply play Sumico if you’re in search of a nice and small, yet complete brain challenge. And if you really want to see where you can go, just go with the endless mode. It’s good, but the fact that if we accidentally complete a task, we can’t cancel the last action is a small, yet annoying flaw.
Final Score: 8/10