This one has the most disconnected title of the bunch, because I haven’t seen any in-game lettuce, croutons, or cherry tomatoes when playing this game. (If you want to be extra confused, the full title is Rupupu Cube: Lup*Salad.) What the game does have is a clever, if frustrating, puzzle platformer concept that feels ripe for a reboot.
Featuring art by Izumi Takemoto, a popular manga artist in Japan who is mostly unread in the US, Lup*Salad has more than 300 puzzles, all of which task a young lady named Salad with pushing together matching blocks. But you have to be careful what order you eliminate them, because you’ll also need the blocks to reach higher platforms. There’s a lot of tough trial and error beneath the deceptively cute visuals, and while the gameplay may frustrate you (in a good way), the Japanese language menus are comparatively easy to navigate.