Bottom line: A game that involves stacking sushi to accumulate points. Has potential but does not currently offer enough to warrant the price tag.
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My first thought before downloading this app was to wonder exactly what Sutakku is. A little internet
research led me to find out that Sutakku was originally a dice game developed to teach the common man the fault in wishing for more than he had. The board game involved rolling three dice and then choosing two of them to add to your ever-growing stack. At any time, one could choose to stop and take the score that had already accumulated, or those who were daring could continue rolling and stacking, taking the chance that their dice tower would topple over and they would lose it all. Is it better to be safe and keep what you already have or take a risk to get greater reward?
This app version of Sutakku by Melondrop LLC does indeed involve stacking, but rather than dice the player is tasked with stacking varying types of sushi to create a tower. The simple action of tapping the screen as each piece of sushi crosses over the stack will cause it to drop down, hopefully into the correct position. You can also tilt your device to help guide the sushi and to balance your tower. At least that's the idea.
I found that I had success in this game when I relied solely on waiting for each piece of sushi to be in exactly the right position before dropping it and letting the stack grow in that manner. Once I started trying to use the tilt-and-guide method, however, I was an abysmal failure. I found the speed was really just too fast to allow me to be successful in stacking and it was not conducive in helping to learn and master the skill.
One major change I would recommend that the developers make to this game would be to add varying speed and skill levels. Since I found the one speed that was provided to be too fast to be enjoyable, I would be highly unlikely to continue attempting to better my score.
This app would certainly be too difficult for younger children to play. It does have the potential to nurture hand-eye coordination skills in older kids, but I believe that without various skill levels available, many kids would lose interest before they master the game. It’s a shame because games like this do have the potential to be addictive.
The graphics are fairly cute and simple. Some of the sushi looked a little bit angry to me, but for some
reason that just made me laugh. I’m afraid there is also the issue of my pet peeve: no mute button available in play. It’s always irritating to have to go back out to the setup screen to make changes like that.
In short, with a few changes Sutakku has the potential to be a decent little app that could help with hand-eye coordination skills. It currently limits its own effectiveness by not offering varying levels of difficulty. At $3.99, an app really needs to offer a lot more than this one currently does.
An important note: My first testing of this app was before upgrading to iOS 7. Originally, the game functioned well and all aspects seemed to work smoothly. After upgrading to iOS 7, however, I was constantly bumped out of the app. This grew frustrating almost immediately and would be enough to keep me from playing the game. I would assume that this is only a temporary issue until the developer catches up with iOS 7.
What kept this app from getting more stars? The two biggest strikes against it were the price and the limitations of the single difficulty level. It could have potential, but it just really needs to offer more. I assigned the star rating before I upgraded to iOS 7 and the issues that cropped up did not influence the rating in any way. I have to assume that the developer is aware and making every effort to catch up to the new operating system.
Kelli would have loved to be able to make witty comments about each kind of sushi shown, but she thought that calling it bait might make her look uncultured. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.