This is one of those games where I'd like to ask whoever made this game what exactly they were smoking when they came up with this idea.
Mysterious Creatures, known as Minna-no Shirasu (みんなのしらす) in Japanese, pits you against a screen full of tiny whitebait (shirasu) fish. Your job? Use your finger to push through the whitebait to find mysterious creatures hiding somewhere inside this virtual pile of tiny fish.
Now, you may be asking yourself, "Why are these mysterious creatures hiding in a pile of whitebait?" "Why whitebait?" and so on. I can't answer these questions, but whatever the intentions for making this game, they've certainly amounted to a unique experience.
You've probably figured it out already, but the play screen is just one big mound of shirasu.
So the point of the game is to push through the mountain of whitebait and find other creatures. It might sound easy, but it actually takes a bit of effort to find anything. If you're having trouble, you can tap the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner to get a hint where something is hiding. The catch is you can only use the magnifying glass once every 10 minutes.
Once you find something, tap to capture it. The game keeps a log of all the mysterious creatures you have managed to find.
Controls in the game aren't very responsive, and the main appeal of the game seems to be the fact that you are staring at a screen full of fish. Whitebait are a common topping on white rice in Japan, so this game might also appeal to those with an appetite for these tiny little fishies.
Gameplay itself is extremely basic, and will probably leave you wanting more (or wanting to eat whitebait). I started playing this game on an empty stomach, and now I just want to stuff my face with whitebait.
Time played: about 20 minutes
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Publisher: URARA-WORKS Co., Ltd.
Last updated: 1/21/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.1 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan