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Mushbits

Hop To It

In Mushbits, you help bunnies eat cupcakes. Yeah, it’s pretty cute.

By Adam Volk • January 2, 2013

Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap ($10 or less) game.

This holiday season, one of the hottest-selling toys was the Furby, a bizarre rabbit-bird creature that first became popular in the late ’90s, disappeared for the better part of a decade, and has now inexplicably returned to delight children and possibly bring about The End Of Days.

Insidiously cute creatures are also at the heart of Mushbits, a charming yet simple puzzle game. You take control of a pink rabbit-thing and a blue rabbit-thing that dwell on tiled platforms floating high above the clouds. Your goal is to guide each of your disgustingly adorable wards to their own personal cupcakes. But there’s a catch: When you come into contact with a square, it changes color. With each creature only able to move on a square that matches their fur, the challenge becomes figuring out how and when to move in order to reach your delicious, frosting-covered objective.

A variety of tiles are introduced as the game progresses, including tiles that can’t change color, tiles that move, and tiles that must be unlocked with keys. Amid the rising complexity, however, is no pressure for perfection. You’re given a suggested number of moves per level, but the game does’t hold you to it, and you have the option to undo moves. It keeps this surprisingly deep puzzler a casual and cute affair. Maybe a little too cute.

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  • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

    I like this game. It’s cute, and the puzzles are clever but not too difficult. However, the background music is really irritating.

    Are Furbies really popular again? That’s a scary thought. I remember how mercilessly they were mocked when I was younger. I can’t imagine any kid seriously wanting one.

    By the way, the “The End Of Days” link takes me to a 403 Forbidden error page.

    • Xtracurlyfries

      > By the way, the “The End Of Days” link takes me to a 403 Forbidden error page.

      It begins!

    • caspiancomic

       I must have been around 11 or 12 when Furbies were blowing up, and my parents drove my sister and I to the mall to get a pair. At the last minute, I decided I wanted some Pokemon cards instead- never regretted it.

      My sister’s is sitting on a shelf in her room to this day. Although it’s usually “asleep” (and we’ve long suspected its batteries of being dead), if there’s a particularly loud noise (thunder claps, nearby construction work, etc), it’ll sometimes return to life and scare the shit out of us.

      • HobbesMkii

        I’m impressed that someone figured out how to sell calibrating dictation software as a toy.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        Never regret Pokemon cards, @caspiancomic:disqus. I still have all of mine lying in a cupboard somewhere.

      • Jackbert322

        When I was pretty little, 6 or so, I wanted a robotic kitty. When you waved your hand in front of it, it tottered forward a few inches while mewing. I liked it a lot, but it ran out of batteries mad fast, and I forgot about it. Couple years later, I’m laying in bed, about to fall asleep, and I hear this “SCREE! SCREE! SCREE!” Well, just a few weeks before, our cat had died, and that cat and I…weren’t best pals, a third of my scars resulted from her. I’m petrified, thinking a demon cat is about to attack me. Quite a while later, it’s finally light out, I arm myself with a few stuffed animals for backup, and investigate. It turns out that robotic kitty has somehow been activated, and is ramming itself into a pile of books under my bed, legs churning because it hasn’t reached the few inches it’s supposed to walk. That thing is shoved in a drawer now, covered in back issues of Highlights in case it starts shrieking again. Bad kitty.