Suika Game, the fruity game on Twitch
Only Up!Trombone Champ or Crab Game, it's not uncommon to see small indie games creating a buzz on the internet. Twitch. At the moment, it's Suika Gamea title as fruity as it is cute that is driving the platform's content creators crazy.
What is Suika Game?
Do you remember 2048? It's an addictive little game, released on smartphones in 2014, in which you have to combine tiles of different values until you get the one marked with the number 2048, and, beyond that, reach the highest score possible. Simply replace the tiles with fruit, add a touch of Tetris, and you've got the overall effect. Suika Game.
It is largely based on a Chinese flash game called Synthetic Big Watermelondeveloped by Meadow Science. Initially, Aladdin Xthe company behind Suika Games, designed it as an application for its video projectors. In view of the positive feedback, it has finally decided to port it to Switch.
This is a puzzle game in which you have to combine identical fruits to form larger ones. For example, two strawberries turn into a blackberry, then two blackberries turn into a citrus fruit and so on, all the way to the largest fruit... the watermelon! Reaching this last fruit is a fun first goal, but it's not the only one. the aim of the game is to collect as many points as possible.
Of course, the fruit doesn't come out of nowhere. During a game, a cute little cloud drops cherries, apples, pineapples and other fruit from the top of a jar. Because the jar isn't very wide or deep, it's possible that some fruit will end up coming out the topIf this happens, the game ends. If this happens, the game ends, as it does when a piece hits the top of the playing area in Tetris. To make the task even more difficult, the physics of the game are such that it is possible to a piece of fruit is ejected from the jar when certain fruits are combined.
A little phenomenon on Twitch
When a game is released on download platforms, there is no guarantee that it will be an immediate success, or even a success at all. For the record, it took more than two years for Among Us to become a global phenomenon. The story is somewhat similar for Suika Games, albeit on a much smaller scale.
The title was released on the Nintendo eShop in 2021 in Japan, but only went viral on Twitch last Septembermainly thanks to Japanese VTubers. During this period, it reached a peak of over 43,800 viewers, whereas no channel had featured it in the previous months. The title quickly went on to sell over a million copies. A fine revenge, then, for a game that had gone unnoticed until now.
And the success was far from over... On 20 October, the Aladdin X game was released on the Nintendo eShop worldwide, sold for the modest sum of €2.99. With the recent craze surrounding the title, more and more content creators in France, the UK and many other countries are giving in to the temptation, so much so that This month saw a peak of over 116,000 viewers.
These days, everyone wants to reach for the watermelon, beat your best score and the more daring even want to put their name on the leaderboard. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done, especially when the game doesn't want you to win...