Tokyo Crash Mobs Review
Tokyo Crash Mobs Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Mitchell Corp.
Pub: Nintendo
Release: January 17, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A

Tokyo Crash Mobs features a scoring system that encourages the player to complete levels as quickly as possible and rewards things like combination eliminations and the avoidance of power-up items. The girls' faces are featured on gold, silver, and bronze medals, but they only look happy on the gold medals. You want to make the girls happy, right? Then get better at Tokyo Crash Mobs.

Tokyo Crash Mobs Screenshot

Grace, Savannah, and their various enemies have all been filmed in live action but move and act like typical anime characters. This gives the game a particularly absurd and lighthearted air that elicits grins and giggles while playing the game. The visuals are crisp and detailed, but the game can be difficult to play with the 3D turned on. This is especially true of the motion-controlled ninja levels, which I found impossible to play without turning off the 3D due to the flickering of the images while quickly turning the 3DS. I did notice that there's an option to put symbols over the heads of the scenesters and ninjas, making the game at least moderately friendly to the color-blind.

The sound fits well with the game's air of silliness, as pedestrians say “oof” when tossed, ninjas repeatedly squeak “Ninja!” and the girls declare “Yay!” when making a combo. The music accompanying the stages is mildly jazzy and generally inoffensive.

Tokyo Crash Mobs isn't a game that you'll want to play for long periods of time, but it's good fun for short gaming sessions. It is certainly the perfect game to play while standing in line, ninja levels excepted. One has to give Mitchell Corp. credit for taking a classic game idea and giving it new life via varied gameplay and a heavy dose of ridiculousness.

Becky Cunningham
Lead Contributor
Date: January 17, 2013

The live action images are pleasingly sharp, but gameplay is much easier with the 3D turned off.
The controls are mostly intuitive and responsive, though menu navigation is a bit awkward.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
TCM's sound design is pleasingly silly.
Play Value
TCM is a fun game for short play sessions—perhaps while waiting in line?
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Get ready to unleash pedestrian-tossing pandemonium with Grace and Savannah in Tokyo Crash Mobs, a fast-paced action-puzzle game on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Players will need lightning-fast reflexes and an eye for strategy to survive the three chaotic weeks that lie ahead for our heroines, as they take on anyone and anything that gets in their way.
  • Toss, roll, and match multicolored scenesters and ninjas in order to survive and thrive in this alternative Tokyo.

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