Conclusion: For $9.99 on Steam, Cubetractor is a standout for action-puzzle fans with a bit of a sentimental streak about 8-bit and 16-bit graphics. A unique core mechanic and clever puzzle design should easily provide dedicated players $9.99 worth of play and then some, but you might want to steer clear if you’re quick to be frustrated and feel like you’re wasting time. This game’s got some devilish fangs behind its cute smile.
Conclusion: "One of the cutest games in quite some time is also one of the most brutal." "...one of those rare games that almost always seems to have a new trick up its sleeve, and yet never betrays its own simplicity.
Pros: Unique marriage of puzzle-solving and tower defense, Level design that's both intricate and intense, Whimsical old-school charm
Cons: Occasionally imprecise controls, A few clunky levels here and there, Hit-and-miss humor
Summary: During the past few years, developers have twisted the conventions of classic games to make unique, exciting new games. Super Meat Boy , Fez , and even Braid focus on the kinds of tropes and mechanics common in the days of Sonic and Mario. Cubetractor fits nicely under the label of modern games designed with sentimentality in mind, but with that pining focus the game brings creative mechanics and difficult puzzles that are hidden behind a veneer of unassuming innocence.
Pros: Lots of depth depth hidden behind simple mechanics, Great retro art direction, Funny writing
Excerpt: It’s been nearly a year since we’ve last taken a look at Cubetractor , that frantic puzzle game from Singaporean studio Ludochip. Just a beta version then, the game is now roaming the digital wilderness in a complete state. The question is: should you bring it home?
Excerpt: Cubetractor is a tower attack and puzzle game by Singaporean developers Ludochip, built in the same vein as the Legend of Zelda and Battle City games of yore. The game is centred around its namesake – cubes – and has you utilising them in different ways to get past each level.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Cubetractor marries thoughtful puzzling with insane arcade gameplay, offering a unique hybrid experience that's tough and rewarding. If you're stoic and determined enough to smash through the difficulty curve, you'll pull an absolute stunner.
Pros: Enjoyable blend of cerebral puzzles and moment-to-moment arcade shenanigans, Easy to play yet hard to master; deceptively versatile and deep, Attractive visuals, chiptune soundtrack and charming personality
Cons: Staggeringly difficult if rewarding, Can sometimes feel rage-quittingly unfair, even though it's well-balanced, Crying out for a level editor
Summary: Ihr mögt Hektik, Knobeleien und Tower Defense? Dann haben wir vielleicht etwas für euch: Ludochip leiht sich Ideen aus allen Ecken der Spielwelt, zieht einen Retromantel drüber und nennt das Endprodukt Cubetractor . Während Genre-Mischungen dieser Art normalerweise jeden gelangweilten Kritiker neugierig machen, schrillt in diesem Fall die “Es-wirkt-bemüht“-Alarmglocke.