Cubixx Review—Qix You Again!

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I haven’t played the Minis version of Cubixx. Aside from the very fact that it isn’t available in our review accounts, Cubixx the Minis version is not playable on the PlayStation Vita, I believe. Also, I haven’t played Cubixx HD because I don’t own a PS3. However, this is not the first time that I’ve played a Qix variation. The most memorable Qix game I’ve played is Rockstar Games’ Bully’s mini-game. It is a pretty basic Qix game, but it is fun as a distraction from the rest of the game’s sandbox high school experience.

It is very difficult for me to write a longer review of Cubixx. In fact, I’ve spent more time thinking about how to review this game as opposed to actually reviewing it! First, like every Laughing Jackal PlayStation Mobile port of its previous Minis endeavors, nothing really changed but the upped graphics. Cubixx was available as a freebie for Sony’s PlayStation Mobile promo a few weeks ago, so you could see this for yourself. If you were not able to get it then, poor you. It is a great game for what it is; however, for purchase, it is a must-buy. How did you miss it?

Just like in its Minis original, there is only one mode. It’s pretty entertaining, but is that it? I mean, Minis have come a long ways in creatively maneuvering around the platform’s limitations to provide more depth in gameplay and with additional modes and gimmicks. The new Cubixx just stayed the same way as it was. Check our review here, and you’ll see it is just the same as it always has been. You can’t use the touchscreen; you can’t use the gyro (not that it’s necessary); and, there is no online infrastructure, which is standard for PlayStation Mobile, unfortunately.

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The graphics look amazing on the Vita’s screen. The controls are precise, too. There is nothing to complain about with the base gameplay, but additional modes are clearly lacking here. The score that I’ll give Cubixx may not show my massive disappointment, though, as the game’s value does benefit from the fun that its core gameplay innately provides.

Well, I have nothing more to add, just like Laughing Jackal did.

6/10

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4 Responses to “Cubixx Review—Qix You Again!”
  1. JeremyR says:

    That’s actually getting to be a problem with PS Mobile games. Most are so simple they are hard to review. I know this was originally a Mini, but it’s one of the more basic ones in terms of depth, which was surprisingly rare.

  2. Aaron Jean says:

    I find simple games easier to review. I can spend less time on the mechanics, and spend more time describing how the game feels.

  3. onmode-ky says:

    How the game feels, eh? :)

    “The game gazed through the bedroom window out over the vastness of the ocean and wondered what might happen in the coming days. Would she say yes? But alas, the ocean remained silent, only echoing the restlessness within his heart.”

  4. Aaron Jean says:

    Unfortunately, there aren’t any PSM games that reach quite level of emotion. :(

    Seriously, though. There’s a void in the PSM market for storytelling and emotional depth.

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