Space Cubes: Written iPhone Game Review
While intricate games with complex storylines are great, sometimes all you need is a good smash ’em up game to make things right in the world. Forget pages of directions, difficult controls, and tactics that can take weeks to master. With a flick of your finger, you’re smashing asteroids and saving the universe in no time at all.
Concept and Gameplay:
Sometimes it’s the simplest games that are the most entertaining to play. The goal of Space Cubes is to help Qubby escape the cube he’s trapped in. In order to do this, you must solve four puzzles, each representing one side of the cube. When all four sides are solved, Qubby is released from his quadrilateral prison.
Moving Qubby around the screen is actually very fun and entertaining. Using brute force and quick swipes, Qubby can destroy meteors to harvest gems and other space goodies. After the screen is clear of asteroids and other debris, four portals appear. Each portal represents one side of the space cube.
While the graphics and sound effects of Space Cubes make the experience better, the only improvement I’d like to see is a quick tutorial for new players to run through. The game is pretty intuitive and simple, but sometimes it’s frustrating to try and learn how to play a game as you go along.
One of my favorite Space Cubes features is the realistic physics engine. A quick swipe of the finger across the screen releases Qubby toward objects at blazing speed, and he’s free to bounce every which way imaginable. Each puzzle is timed, though, so it’s best to not let Qubby fly around uncontrollably for too long.
Another great feature is the number of puzzles to solve. Currently there are 24 space cubes to help Qubby escape. This means that, combined with constantly striving to improve your puzzle scores, there are countless hours of gameplay. Plus more puzzles can be added in future updates. Lastly, Space Cubes is universally compatible with both iPhone and iPad, and features Game Center integration.
Space Cubes is free to download from the App Store and is ad supported. There’s an option to disable ads for a price, and they do get pretty intrusive when you’re navigating around menus. If you’re looking for a fun game to pass the time or if you need a bit of stress relief, it’s definitely worth taking a look at.
Space Cubes is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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