Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot Review

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Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot Review

Runner games have become increasingly popular over the past few years thanks mostly to their easy to learn, pick-up-and-play gameplay. Enter Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot from Coder Child, yet another runner-style game that can be purchased on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. How does Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot measure up to other runner games?

When you start up the game’s initially available “Soft mode,” you are thrown directly into the gameplay with one objective: reach one of three goals. There is no explanation detailing the reason you need to reach these goals, but a story isn’t really necessary in this type of game. You play as Cubit and must jump over obstacles as the stage automatically scrolls forward. As the player, your only concern is with the jump button, which happens to be just about every button on the face of your Nintendo 3DS.

cubit-screenshot1While there is only one big world, there are a total of six areas, each serving as a checkpoint to make your journey to the end less painful. The world branches into two paths at each checkpoint, except those leading to the last three areas. The upper paths are generally more difficult while the lower paths are much easier to clear. That being said, each area introduces new obstacles that require you to learn their patterns. As the title infers, Cubit is a difficult game, regardless of which path you decide to beat. However, this difficulty is due to the game’s controls rather than its design.

You use Cubit’s double jump many times over the course of the game; however, this double jump isn’t nearly as cooperative as you need it to be. You need to time your actions as precisely as you can and hope for the best. I can attribute many deaths to this poorly incorporated feature. It can be frustrating, though not too frustrating as there are an infinite number of lives – unless you’re playing the game’s brutal “Hardcore mode” – and checkpoints to help you see the game to completion.

The game’s developer touts the music as being integral to the gameplay, and while the music is actually quite good, it didn’t seem to synch up with the action whatsoever. Also, Cubit is a mostly bland looking game, though the developer has created some colorful and creative backgrounds. For what it’s worth, the game does look pretty good in 3D.

Final Thoughts:

Cubit: The Hardcore Platformer Robot isn’t the type of game that will thrill most gamers. It does offer some replay value including a more difficult “Hardcore mode,” neat challenges to complete, and multiple characters to unlock, making it a more justifiable buy at $2.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. However, Cubit is mostly an average gameplay experience that features a little touch of creativity in some areas. This game can be skipped by most, though if do you enjoy runner-style games then you might want to give the free demo a try before you buy.

5 – Average

Review copy provided by Coder Child

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