Summary: Namco Bandai Games America's Trioncube is a new NDS-exclusive addictive and challenging puzzler that requires attention, patience and skill to rescue the kidnapped princess from the protagonist’s arch-enemy, Hell Metal.
Excerpt: Ever since the original Game Boy launched with Tetris, handheld systems have been bastions of puzzle games. Indeed, even on the PSP, one of the most heralded games on the system has been Lumines. Neither is the DS any exception to this rule. Already the home to such great puzzle games as Meteos and Tetris DS, as well as lesser puzzle games like Zoo Keeper, the DS is no slouch when it comes to having a wide variety of puzzle offerings.
Excerpt: Its name makes it sound like a second-rate space opera, and indeed, Namco Bandai's newest puzzler does have an amusingly cheesy space theme that would be at home in a Sci-Fi channel B-movie. But while a bad popcorn flick can still be a satisfying romp, Trioncube is a derivative puzzle game that is too easy to keep you occupied for long. Now that Pluto is no longer a planet, it has reestablished its monarchy. And this kook is its king.
Pros: Charming story mode is good for a few chuckles, Chickens
Cons: Absurdly easy gameplay gets old fast, Background visuals are underwhelming, considering how long it takes to unlock them, Limited number of modes makes the package feel incomplete
Conclusion: It's a shame that the game lacks a compelling reason to play it - if the core gameplay was just a bit more challenging, it could easily be a good game. However, as it is, it's just far too easy to make you want to play it for any length of time.