Star Plucker: Hoshi Saga 5

I'm so running out of star-based headlines for these games.

Crikey, a new one already! I do so love the Hoshi Saga series from Nekogames, as I was saying but only the other day. Part five is available now, and it’s fantastic. Once more there’s twenty-five micro-challenges asking you to find a star within an inventive, cute way. And unlike part four, this time there’s toughies amongst the delightfully simple.

Which is how I like to think of myself amongst the RPS team. I know I’ve said it before, but the reason these games are so compelling is not just that they’re beautiful (once again part five is in colour, with a lovely pastel, almost crayon-coloured theme), nor that each is yet another smart idea that could be fleshed out into its own Flash game, but that I play them with a broad smile on my face. Even those half-star difficulty levels (out of five stars) still make me beam as their easily, but wonderfully, completed.

You'd never have thought of this puzzle! Never!

People should care about these games as much as I do. Because I’m right. Play these. If you’ve never played any, there’s 125 levels waiting for you! What a treat!


  1. sana says:

    Um, this one’s even easier than the previous one!
    I must admit I liked it better when it was monochrome, too. Back in ye olde days of yonder everything was better…

  2. El Stevo says:

    It still seems easier than the old ones. Still lovely though.

  3. drewski says:

    Server downtime :(

    Enjoyed the ten or so I get to do, must remember to come back later.

  4. TonyB says:

    I’d say there’s a strong chance of another one coming out pretty soon, given this contains stages 26-50 and he’s once again put “to be continued” in the corner of the credits page. I suspect he’s saving up some more fiendish ones for at least one more saga.

  5. Bobsy says:

    Well I’m thoroughly stuck on level 40. Don’t know about the rest of you.

    • Sagan says:

      40 was also the one I was stuck on the longest.


  6. BooleanBob says:

    The first level (26) has completely broken my mind.

    • Auspex says:

      You’re probably trying to do it correctly – I “found” the star but it seems to want you to be annoyingly precise on that level, which is strange as these are usually so relaxed and lenient

    • Auspex says:

      Here’s a guide if you want to confirm you’re going about it the right way.

      link to

    • Malcolm says:

      I’ll be damned if I can get level 26 to work – even with the solution screenshot :(

    • Malcolm says:


      Oh bugger – you have to rotate it anti-clockwise from the start. If you go clockwise it doesn’t work :(

      A bit of a bug methinks.

  7. Fetthesten says:

    Indeed, delightful. I was listening to this song at the time and it was a great match: link to

  8. tAgore says:

    yeah, chiming in with the “nice, but super easy” crowd. There were one or two puzzles in the last one that were quite unintuitive for me but none of the puzzles took me more than about 10 seconds for this game.

  9. zipdrive says:

    number 4 and 5 were easy (save that damn #40). I’m still stuck on a few from parts 1-3. Also, can’t be bothered with solving the “twinkle twinkle little star” bit all the way through by trial and error.

    Still, very interesting work.

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    phuzz says:

    No. 30

  11. drewski says:

    I don’t think it’s about difficulty as much as it is delight.

    26 was a mofo, 40 was obvious once I read the spoiler and otherwise they were quite simple and rather pleasant.

  12. kelly7898 says:

    Auspex said:
    Here’s a guide if you want to confirm you’re going about it the right way.

    link to

    such a very amazing link !

  13. Watch True Blood says:

    yeh it was an easy game, but I’m still hard to play :D