Sumo wrestling, as everyone knows, is a noble and ancient Japanese art where a rotund man bounces around like a ping pong ball, occasionally careening into other sumo wrestlers, and shoveling rice down his gullet as quickly as possible to increase his size and convert all adversaries into clones of himself. At least that's what I've learned from Hungry Sumo, the newest title from perennial JIG favorites NinjaKiwi.
Fifty Sixty levels of addictive arcade goodness await.
The controls couldn't be simpler: click anywhere on the "ready" screen to start a level. When you hover over a sumo that you control (the jolly-looking fellows clutching red rice bowls), he will start chomping down rice like a college student at all you can eat sushi, and begin to grow in circumference. If you bump into an enemy sumo while growing, your sumo will immediately "pop" and be turned into a baby sumo of the enemy sumo's type, so avoid bumping into enemy sumo while growing. You can bump into your own sumo while growing with no damage.
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Every time your own sumo hits an enemy sumo (except the statue sumo), both sumo will take damage relative to the size differential between the two. In general, a big sumo is going to cause a lot of damage to a small sumo, the exception being the oni sumo, who hits harder the smaller he gets. Your object is to leave no enemy sumo remaining on the level. While you start out facing only simple blue ninja, you're soon dealing with many more difficult challenges, such as the fiendish poison sumo. Don't be fooled by his "durrrr" expression and Frankenstein-ish friendly monster looks; a sumo that hits him will continue to shrink for a while, a horrible condition in a game where yes, size matters.
While the game play is completely different, Hungry Sumo has a lot of the jazzy Japanese charm that made the Sushi Cat series such a success. Even the music has that same kind of catchy funk. At first glance the game might seem to be unfairly luck-based, since you're at the mercy of the physics engine when it comes to where the little sumos bounce to. But in order to get far, you'll need to figure out that there's actually a lot under your control. You can influence trajectories by which sumo you choose to grow, for example, and in certain levels you may wish to make controlled sacrifices in order to gain an advantage elsewhere.
So loosen your belt, grab your industrial-strength chopsticks, and jump into Hungry Sumo for seconds. Or tenths. Or fiftieths. Yum.