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Shutshimi will hook you

Feb 17, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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ShutshimiAs we all know there are plenty of fish in the sea but in Shutshimi for the Wii U there are sharks equipped with lasers, kamikaze squid pods, what looks to be swimming bears and…flying butts. 

Yup, I said flying butts.

Inspired by such classic side-scrolling shooters as Scramble, Shutshimi tests your weaving, dodging and shooting skills as you blast your way through wave after wave of underwater adversaries.

You are a gold fish with the right to bear arms, literally.  Human arms, as muscular as any world class weightlifter, jut out from either side of your body. That's so you can hold all of those powerful weapons you will be required to demolish anything that gets in your way. 

ShutshimiFurious that your underwater sanctuary has been invaded by aquatic freaks, you arm up and roll out against the minions and their bosses. Your one shortfall though is you suffer from an incredibly short attention span, therefore, the combat waves and upgrade cycles only last about 10 seconds.

Shutshimi's action is as fast as it is furious.

The upgrade cycles are what transforms Shutshimi from your run-of-the-mill shooter into a tilt-a-whirl of absolute chaotic wackiness. Between each wave, you are transported to an upgrade page. There, you are presented with three choices and you must make your decision in just 10 seconds. The icons and descriptions below them are absolutely and purposely obtuse, not revealing their true nature. 

ShutshimiTo cause even more confusion, the upgrades can have either highly positive or negative effects on your gameplay. You could obtain rapid fire, a fish bowl force shield, bigger and stronger bullets or you could end up rapidly sinking, being turned completely invisible, firing slower or having the screen flipped on you. The entire level might even become…get this…a huge bouncy castle. Mixing and matching these upgrades makes every Shutshimi session its very own unique experience.

The way to keep a step ahead of the game is to memorize the upgrade icons so you know exactly what you are in for. With new upgrades being added though, the water can get very murky as the game advances.

Shutshimi is one heck of a guilty pleasure and a fantastic diversion when you need a break from other more complex titles on your current playlist. It is unpredictable. It is addictive. And it is only $9.99. 

Format: Nintendo Wii U
Publisher: Choice Provisions, awppy
Developer: Neon Deity Games, awppy
ESRB Rating: E 10+

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Rating: 7.5 / 10

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