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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.