Cubixx Review – Fun Squared

cubixx-2Ever since Stephen from Cubixx developer Laughing Jackal started posting about Cubixx in our Forum we’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. Now that the mini is actually here, I’m pleased to report that it certainly lives up to the promise of the initial trailer in terms of pure addictive gameplay.

Cubixx is basically a futuristic version of the eighties arcade hit Qix, which was reinvented so well as a mini with Fortix. The object of the game is simply to cut away the required percentage of cube surface and advance to the next level, scoring as many points as possible as you go.

You use the analog stick, the directional buttons or the X, O, Triangle and Square buttons to move your fuse along the white lines of the cube, and hold L or R to cut chunks out of the cube surface, all the while avoiding enemies and your own trail. The longer the lines you cut, the more points you earn. Continuing lines across multiple cube faces enables you to rack up big combo scores.

At the start of the game you have a target of 50% of the cube to carve up. Eventually the percentage starts going up as you make progress through the 20 levels. You can feel the pressure increasing as the enemy shapes pursue you more aggressively and you feel more and more compelled to take risks.

cubixx-1In the beginning the enemy shapes are quite slow and tend to stay in the same area. By Stage 2, they will start chasing you on the white lines as well as across the cube surface.

The gameplay is very old-school in that you get a certain number of lives, represented by tiny cubes at the top of the screen, and once you use them all up, that’s it, Game Over! You can, however, earn back more lives the more points you score.

As with Qix and Fortix, how you approach playing the game is all up to you. Are you the sort that voraciously speeds around the cube, chopping off huge chunks and stringing together combos across multiple cube faces? Or do you err more on the side of caution, preferring to nibble off little bits here and there and focus more on avoiding enemies?

As far as the overall presentation goes, I really love the shiny futuristic feel of the game, especially the flaming molten interior of the cube, the fizzle of the trail as it crackles along behind you, and the thumping techno music in the background. It also looks and sounds really good on the PS3.

My main reservation about Cubixx would be that there’s only one gameplay mode and precious little else in terms of extras. It really is pure gameplay and nothing else. Happily the core gameplay is so addictive that this isn’t a huge problem.

Essentially Cubixx is the epitome of a ‘what you see is what you get’ game. Pure gameplay all the way, with zero in terms of embellishments. Although I would have loved to see some different gameplay modes, and maybe different cubes and backgrounds, I can definitely see Cubixx being a game I’ll still be picking up and playing  months from now.

Score:  6.5/10

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9 Responses to “Cubixx Review – Fun Squared”
  1. prince caro 19 says:

    funny,
    6.5 is a bit of a discouraging score, but the review itself makes the game sound really cool.
    it also seems that the simpler arcade style games, are the ones that look nice on the ps3, i guess it makes sense.

  2. Chris says:

    I’ve played this myself. It think the core game-play and execution is excellent and by itself would deserve a higher score. However the lack of game modes, features and graphics just drag the score down.

  3. Djax says:

    Only one game mode :-( :-( :-(

  4. igotmy9milli says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the review. I would’ve like to have seen it score a little higher, Fortix got 7/10 and Cubixx without a doubt is better than Fortix… Or maybe I’m just biased.

    Overall a pretty balanced review.

    Cheers,

    Steven.

  5. 5h4d0w says:

    I give it an 8.5. Really like the 3D gameplay. For some reason it never goes over stage 2….I keep beating it and it just sits on stage 2…anyone else have this problem?

  6. 1azerbeak says:

    I’ve just got Cubixx and love it! I think the people moaning about lack of gameplay features should really think about what they’ve paid for the game, considering it’s the cheapest game on psn I think its excellent value for money!

    In my mind this game ticks all the right boxes for what a ‘mini’ should be. It’s cheap, you can pick it up and have fun with it, and you keep coming back to it when you find yourself with a spare 10 minutes.

    That said, I’d score the game 8.5, now time to get past level 16!

  7. simon says:

    Its a massive shame than when you get to the next level, it doesnt at least change to a new colour like green or purple etc. that would make it feel more varied at least.

    Developers should take note and updated it !

  8. volcane says:

    The more I play Cubixx the more I like it. This is a great game at a great price!

  9. TJF588 says:

    With the PS+ discount to a buck, I think I’ll grab this. Not that I reeeaaally expect to play it a lot, but, hey, nabbed SHIFT extended on sale before it got pulled from the Store.

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