I want you to close your eyes and picture your favorite Disney characters. Cute, right? Now use every bit of imagination you have, and try to make them cuter. That’s a tall order, but exactly what Line did with its new Disney Tsum Tsum, a match three puzzle game that’s sure to reach the kid in you. Or at least make you go, “Oh, too cute!”
Line: Disney Tsum Tsum is a very simple puzzle game that has you searching for matches of at least three. The game uses famous Disney characters like Mickey, Pooh, Piglet, and a whole lot more in an adorable stuffed animal form. As you make your matches, more stuffed animals fall down, but what makes Disney Tsum Tsum different than the typical match 3 puzzle game is that they do not fall in an orderly fashion. They fall where they fit, so rather than neat rows you have just a pile of stuffed animals to deal with.
On top of the more free-falling puzzle format, Disney Tsum Tsum allows for really quick matching. If you find a match and it is disappearing, you can immediately move on to the next. You do not have to wait for the next row to fall down, you just go. This makes for an incredibly fast-paced puzzle game that is actually a bit of fun.
This format was kind of refreshing, but at the same time had its flaws. Without the rows, the game can be kind of chaotic. The stuffed animals fall and land in odd positions which can create gaps and make it difficult to know what actually connects. This method has the possibility of making the puzzles challenging, but as it is a kids game, Line made it almost too easy with a couple of hints.
If you spend roughly a second without making a match, Disney Tsum Tsum highlights one for you. Also whenever you touch a single piece, the game automatically highlights which pieces connect. These hints take all of the thinking out of the game, which is a shame.
What really sells Disney Tsum Tsum is its visuals. On top of being just the cutest little stuffed animals you will ever see, the game has a lot of bright colors, actions, and movement that will keep your attention. And then there is the sound. The background music is top notch, but what really gets your attention is the sound effects. I’ve never heard a more satisfying noise when making matches. It is just perfect.
Being free to play, Disney Tsum Tsum uses a stamina system that limits the amount you can play. But it is nowhere near as bad as it could be. You have five plays that are revived every 15 minutes. I’m not saying one play is revived every 15 minutes, I’m saying all five of your plays will be back every 15 minutes. If you can’t wait this long you can use the in-game currency to buy more plays, but really that shouldn’t be necessary.
Line: Disney Tsum Tsum is certainly aimed at a younger audience, but with lovable characters, fast-paced puzzle action, and some terrific visuals and sound, there is just no reason why an adult can’t love the game too. It’s just a shame that you can’t turn the hints off and make it a bit more challenging.