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Yosumin!

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Description

Yosumin is a tile matching puzzle game, where the player creates squares or rectangles with four identical tiles on the vertices. The main game screen shows a grid with several different shapes on each cell. The player has to click on a pair, by either selecting each tile or clicking and dragging from one to the other, to create a quadrilateral selection and make them disappear. All the tiles within the perimeter of the selected field become of the same type of the vertices tiles. Since the grid itself is a square, it is possible to remove all the tiles when every corner has an identical tile, in a move called "Yosumin!" by the game.

The main objective of most levels is to collect a number of specific tiles, shown on tabs at the left side of the screen, within a time limit. In the final levels of each stage, the goal is to collect a glass shard by creating a square/rectangle around it. Creating a set of twelve or more tiles gives a time boost, while making a sequence of squares with the same tile type removes it from the board.

Special tiles appear randomly on the board and give power-ups when collected. The Goldmin is a smiling gold square that can be used as a vertices tile for any combination, and gives extra time when collected. The Badmin is a black and spiky shape with an evil smile that shuffles all the other tiles. The Bigmin is a giant blue squiggly shape with a worried expression, taking the space of nine tiles. The Wingmin is an angry and red star-shaped tile with wings, that can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the grid. The Plusmin is a smiling and cross-shaped yellow tile, that can remove a cross of tiles. The Bossmin is similar to the Badmin, a big and black mustached tile that takes the place of nine tiles and shuffles the whole grid.

The Windows version has two modes. In the Adventure Mode, a story is told between levels by cutscenes, describing a quest to recover the broken pieces of a stained glass shrine. There's no plot in the Endless Mode, only a succession of levels of increasing difficulty.

The Xbox 360 version also includes a Battle Mode which can be played online or locally, along with the Endless Mode. Adventure Mode is available as an additional download.

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Yosumin! Windows Super set
Yosumin! Windows Dialog
Yosumin! Windows Tutorial
Yosumin! Browser Game start

Alternate Titles

  • "Yosumin! LIVE" -- Xbox Live Arcade title
  • "ょすみん。DS" -- Nintendo DS title

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The Press Says

IGN Xbox 360 May 27, 2009 7.1 out of 10 71
IGN Windows Jun 22, 2009 7.1 out of 10 71
GameZebo Windows Jun 01, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Teletext Xbox 360 2009 7 out of 10 70
Console Monster Xbox 360 May 27, 2009 70 out of 100 70
TeamXbox Xbox 360 May 28, 2009 6.2 out of 10 62
Edge Xbox 360 May 27, 2009 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 29, 2009 5.5 out of 10 55

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  • Yosumin (The original Flash browser game.)
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