Cubixx reminds me of a game I used to play when I was younger. I can’t remember the name of it but the premise is essentially the same. In this game I was tasked with cutting out a certain percentage of the screen without allowing on screen enemies to touch the line I was cutting with. Cubixx takes this simple concept and places it onto a cube. It works very well and is an addictive title.
There is quite a lot to work through in Cubixx HD.Arcade mode features 50 levels spread across ten stages. The game gets progressively more difficult and the final levels of each stage have a significant spike in difficulty when compared to the other levels in the stage. By playing through arcade mode you also unlock the levels you complete to play in the other modes. These are time attack, score attack, line attack, challenges and death match. While these modes are interesting you are essentially just playing the same levels with different conditions. It’s the biggest problem with Cubixx; it does start to feel very repetitive very quickly so I highly recommend playing in small doses.
When you first open each mode you are given a really useful description of exactly what you need to do and what you need to watch out for. I really appreciate it when games feature something as simple as this as it sends you in prepared and eliminates what is usually the annoying process of trial and error.
Despite how repetitive Cubixx HD is I do feel that the arcade mode is paced very well. The first stage of levels is incredibly basic and you will fly through in no time. The only things you have to worry about in these stages are a few enemies on each face of the cube. Enemies must be avoided at all costs as having one crash into a line you are cutting will cause a break and will result in the loss of a life. You have three lives to get through each stage of five levels.
Where the strategy comes in is you can cut out the smaller enemies on the screen. This cannot be done to the larger enemies however. By eliminating these smaller enemies you are reducing the risk of how many enemies can crash into the line you are cutting. The goal of each level in arcade is always the same; cut out the designated percentage of the cube.
It is from stage two onwards where things get much more frantic. When you are not cutting your cursor can only move around on the edges of the cube or along the edges of where you have cut. From this stage of the arcade it introduces enemies that travel along these lines. If they make contact with your cursor you will lose a life. This makes the gameplay immediately more frantic as it doesn’t allow you to take your time as you are constantly moving to avoid the enemies that are chasing you along the lines. This causes you to take some major risks by potentially only being able to cut into a very busy face of the cube to avoid the line chaser.
There are also powers you can collect in this game. These come in three types: Green, which provide a benefit to the player. Red, which handicaps the player but gives increased score bonuses, and Blue which gives the player score bonuses.
I really like the powers you can collect in this game. The Green and Red powers have opposite effects to each other. For example one green power speeds up the line you are cutting with, allowing you to cut across a face with less risk of being caught. In contrast there is a red power that slows down the line you are cutting but by selecting this you get a much higher score bonus. It says a lot when I find myself actively going for powers that handicap me. The rewards are definitely worth the risk. A few other examples of powers are Freeze which makes all enemies stay still for ten seconds and Reversi which flips your controls and makes it very difficult to move around and avoid enemies.
Overall I think that Cubixx HD is a good game. The arcade mode has plenty of content especially for the price. However all the other modes are just slight variations on what you did in arcade on exactly the same levels. The inclusion of leader boards is great as it will keep you coming back to try and beat your friends scores. Sadly co-op modes are limited only to local play. While it is nice to see a local co-op game in this age where online has pushed it out, it would have been nice to have both. Cubixx is a game I can’t really recommend to everyone, it is a one trick pony essentially so it doesn’t have enough variation that it would appeal to everyone. If you do get into it though, there’s a lot of fun to be had, but stick to playing it in small chunks as it does get repetitive.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Platform: PS3 Release Date: 17/08/2011
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Cubixx HD by the promoter for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on a PS3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.