Whatever you have planned this evening, I suggest you clear some time in your busy schedule to play a little Tupsu. What is Tupsu? It's a physics-based puzzler that you can play on your Android device, and you can leave the (Google) wallet in your (virtual) pocket – Tupsu is totally free.

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Tupsu (the thing, not the game) is a furry little ball with sticky eyes on long flexible stalks. This title has a World of Goo style of gameplay. You have to drag the sticky eyes over to platforms, where the elastic action will pull the creature along. Tupsu starts out with just the one eye, but it starts growing more like an out of control mutant the longer you play. You'll use this movement mechanic to swing, drag, and slingshot to the end of 30 challenging levels.

The physics, graphics, and music in Tupsu are impressive – so impressive that I find myself surprised that the developer isn't asking for any money. The iOS version of this game appears to be identical and does cost $0.99, so call this one a win for Android.  I would probably pay for additional levels of Tupsu, but there is no option to do so at this time.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks absolutely great, and more importantly pretty original. Kudos to the dev.

    • defred34

      The rich man's Contre Jour!

      PS: I am loving it too. Absolutely FREE with no ads and IAPs!

  • http://twitter.com/WenfangHb 何博

    totally free and "REQUIRES NO SPECIAL PERMISSIONS TO RUN",great!!and any other apps similar to this,free and without any permissions?

    • magenta

      I wish all games are like this, simply for fun, no add, no iap.
      I truly treasure developer that using this approach.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Gameplay has been there before, some Flash games have similar mechanics.
    Artwork reminds me a bit of World of Goo.
    Nonetheless, this is a neat game!

  • Pena Gnöö

    I wonder if the dev is Finnish (name seems Russian) as tupsu means a tuft / tussle (tassel [US]) in Finnish.


  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    "This application requires no special permissions to run." -- I can't tell you how much I love seeing that!

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  • Alan

    The game overheats my Galaxy Nexus which causes graphic artifacts, still a good game but I can only play for a limited time...