Jul 15, 2013
Yushino, a numbers-based take on the Scrabble formula, is now in a beta form on Google Play. Here are 5 reasons why you should care about it.
1. It’s a new way to play a familiar game
Yushino is a ‘word’ game like Scrabble that uses base–10 numbers from 0 to 9, and simple addition of the numbers to make sequences where the third number must be the sum of the previous two. For example, this sequence would be playable: 8314594. 8+3=1, 3+1=4, 1+4=5, 4+5=9, 5+9=4. This is how ‘words’ are formed in Yushino. It’s a new way to play the word game, but it’s still familiar. But it’s also fair.
2. No “qi” cheating here!
Look, using the word “qi” in Scrabble isn’t “cheating” per se, but look, you never use that word in conversation, ever. Or any of those stupid Scrabble words, ever. There’s none of that weak sauce in Yushino. Everyone can do basic math. Hopefully. If you can’t, then you should totally play me.
3. It’s cross-platform
Yes, the game is launching on Android, but it’s a beta form. It doesn’t run in full-screen on the Nexus 7 quite yet, for example. But if the game sounds interesting, then it’s possible to play via Facebook too, or via iOS as well. Yes, I’m suggesting blasphemy, but it’s true! While the game’s being figured out on Android, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy it.
4. Nothing cooler than playing a game in beta, right?
Hey, why not play a game that’s not quite finished? Why not help figure out what’s going on with a game and make it into a fully-formed, and finished product? That’s just cool. Plus, you can totally be a hipster and say you were there first.
5. You can play me (and probably lose)
Take on username wondroushippo and prepare for a beatdown. I’m not too bad at the game considering I’ve beaten the one of the creators of the game multiple times! Good luck.
Yushino is one of my favorite games of the past year, and has been something I’ve played regularly months after the iOS version release. Check out the beta version of the Android game now on Google Play, and check out their Kickstarter to launch a physical version of the game and to help finish up the app.