“Tsum Tsum” in Japanese roughly translates to “Stack Stack,” which those familiar with Disney and LINE’s massively popular mobile game know, is exactly what these adorably mutated Disney characters do.
It’s the player’s job to clear lines of three or more, in a fashion similar to the plethora of mobile puzzle games on the market. But Tsum Tsum is not only a puzzle game, but a collection game as well (and a never ending one at that). After all, who can resist collecting and playing with all of those cute little hamster-like creatures that none but the Japanese could envision? Not you.
And now you’re here because you’ve fallen into the deep, dark pit of app addiction and are looking for a distraction while you wait impatiently for your next heart to appear. How do I know? Because I’m writing this for the same reason. So what better way to spend the longest 15 minutes of your life than to read up on some Tsum Tsum tips?
Read on for some surefire ways to rise to the top of that Weekly Ranking and become the envy of your Tsum Tsum circle.
Any Tsum Tsum veteran will tell you that Tsums from the Happiness Box, especially when you’re new to the game, are a complete waste of time. Newcomers might be tempted to buy as soon as they reach that 10,000 mark (the game actually encourages you to do so), but take my advice and save your coins.
Tsums from the Premium Box are significantly more powerful than any you can get in the Happiness Box, and no matter how painful reaching 30K with noob Tsum Mickey is, the investment pays off.
However, that doesn’t mean you should write off Happiness Box Tsums entirely. You’ve probably noticed that Happiness Tsums appear more often in games, and if you have those Tsums, you can level them up more easily, allowing you to accumulate more points in the long haul.
Once you’ve collected a few Premiums that you enjoy, focus on Happiness Tsums for the points bonus if nothing else.
The Magic Touch
There are a few schools of Tsum Tsum finger techniques out there; some prefer a swipe, some a flick, some a smooth and solid stroke. But there is one thing all Tsum champions can agree upon: your finger should never stop.
In this game, speed is everything. Just as you are a slave to this game, your finger’s voracious appetite for Tsums is never satiated and therefore should always be on the lookout for its next roly-poly victims. Which leads us to our next point…
Combos, Combos, Combos
Aside from your Tsum’s ability, the combo meter in the upper right hand corner is your best friend. The meter rises when you clear multiple lines of Tsums in very quick succession, but breaks when you give even the slightest pause between them.
The greater the combo, the greater the points bonus, and the greater chance of you making it to the top of your Weekly Ranking list. Clearing several lines of 3 and maintaining your combo streak is a significantly better option than taking your time looking for a more strategic and longer line of Tsums.
Ideally, your combo will last the entire game. “Impossible!” you might say. Not so. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Fever Mode.
Fever for Points
Fever Mode is one of the main features of Tsum Tsum, and one that should be taken full advantage of. This is how you score the big points, so filling the meter should be your top priority. Once you do and Fever Mode is activated, it’s time to go nuts.
Lights flash and point bonuses increase, but most notably, during Fever Mode combos do not break, allowing you to catch your breath while looking for longer lines to clear. Plus, every time you fill the meter, 5 seconds are added to the game clock. Enter Fever Mode enough, and you’ll not only have a great combo streak, but a significantly longer playtime to boot.
Hearts are the lifeblood of Tsum Tsum—the currency you need in order to play the game. Every time you enter a minute-long round, you lose one heart. Every player has enough slots for 5 time-generated hearts, and a heart regenerates once every 15 minutes.
“That’s not so terrible,” you might think. Just wait. Pretty soon you’ll be shamelessly sending invites to people you barely know just to get your fix, and scrambling for your phone every time it goes off in hopes that one of your comrades has come to your rescue.
Certainly, you can buy hearts with rubies, the game’s premium currency, but don’t be too hasty in whipping out your credit card. Smart players know that they key to heart accumulation is having friends who also use the app, from whom you are able to receive hearts once an hour.
Plus, if you accept a heart gift within an hour of it being sent, you get a 200 coin bonus. So put your wallet away and go find some fellow Tsumers with whom you can mutually facilitate your addiction.
I would go on, but someone just sent me a heart.
Are you a Tsum Tsum addict? What techniques have you employed? What Tsum do you use most often, and what’s your highest score? Tell us in the comments!
Tsum Tsum can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android. Before downloading, make sure you have downloaded the LINE app and have a LINE ID so you can save your progress and play with friends. Happy stacking!