You may have heard of Usavich, a CG short cartoon series originally part of MTV Japan's mobile content, and later made available on TV, DVD, and its official website. Much of its branded merchandise (stickers, figurines, key-chain holders, etc.) are wildly popular among Japanese kids and teens.
And now Usavich Game Collection is available on Android.
Contents of this app are based on season 1, which shows the absurd everyday occurrences of two rabbits in jail. The main characters are called Putin (green stripes) and Kirenenko (red stripes). The stories they share in their cell are hilarious and cute beyond words while being also slightly surreal.
If you've seen the animated series, then you'll notice how closely this app sticks to the original storyline as the games are actually based on scenes from the original episodes. For example, in episode 2 titled "Time for Work", we see Putin assembling Matryoshka dolls and sorting chicks (baby chickens that is) according to sex. There's an identical scene in the app which is played by flipping or tapping your phone. You'll actually feel like you are part of the story, and will have a blast. If you're already familiar with the plot of the chapters in the game, you will still enjoy the bonus animations that it shows when you fail a level. (Usually, Putin ends up getting punished...)
Music and sound effects from the show will remind you of scenes from the original as well. Another great thing about this app is that it retains the unique texture and animation from the cartoon. This is why I really hope the developer makes a game based on season 2 where the rabbits go on a prison break. A racing game would be great.
Oops. I wrote this like you know all about Usavich, but this app is still a load of fun for folks who have never even heard of the series. The game itself is very easy and you just play by swiping and tapping. It's also a very good way to practice touchscreen controls fo smartphone beginners. This app ins't free, but it's great for Usavich fans and beginners alike.
Device used: EVO Wimax (ISW11HT)
OS: Android OS 2.3.4
Publisher: G-mode Co., Ltd.
Last Updated: 10/13/2011
Price: 170 yen
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translated by Ruriko Sumi