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Review: Cubixx

Posted by on March 10th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

Developer: Laughing Jackal
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Availability:
Price: £2.49 | €2.99 | HK$ 31.00
Rating: Not Rated Yet

What I liked:

  • Great visuals and music
  • Classic gameplay can be played for minutes or hours
  • Clearing a board with a full x6 combo

What I disliked:

  • While they visuals are great, they don’t vary much
  • Highscore font isn’t fixed width. (Minor gripe)

Cubixx is another take on the Qix formula, but what sets it apart from others is that this time you are on a cube. While the cube is 3D, you will still be mostly playing on the faces. So it isn’t all that confusing if you have played a Qix game before.

When you start the game up you are met with four options. You can play the game, learn how to play, look at the high scores, are muck around with the options. The “tutorial” is just a basic explanation of what the controls are and a quick overview of how to advance through the stages. Your options menu is just for sound options so no real reason to go there.

You are probably wanting to hear about the game and not the options so let’s do that. You start on the edge of a cube face. Your goal is to mark off the percentage of the cube that is in the lower right corner. While you are doing this you want to score as many points as possible. Your points are determined by the length of your line and the combo you have. You gain a combo multiplier by marking off parts of the cube in a different face. This seems really simple and that is what makes Cubixx great. Progressing through the levels you will notice the enemies getting smarter and trying to take you out. They do that by touching the line you have drawn. The simple nature of this game makes it a great minis title.

I do wish that the background varied a bit. You will be staring at the same black cube the whole game. The great music does seem to minimize this though. I also wished that the highscore font was fixed width. If you have a lot of “1”s in your score it may look fairly small, enough though you are at the top of the highscore list. That highscore list is pretty much the main reason I play this so much. I am still not good enough to get to the top, but I sure as hell am trying to get there.

Cubixx is a first rate mini and should be picked up by anyone. The only problem is that it still isn’t out here in the US. After speaking with Laughing Jackall the wait shouldn’t be much longer. They are currently in the process of submitting the game to the ESRB and SCEA. So just hold out a little bit longer, as I am sure arcade-game fans will love this title as much as I did.

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