Cubicity is a fun, little puzzle adventure game where you choose your character, enter a world of cubes, and solve puzzles in a unique and interesting way. There are so many characters to choose from, too! But is this giant character selection screen/cubic puzzle adventure worth your time and energy? Or should this have gone a more triangular approach instead? Well, let’s quit stalling and find out!
It is rare for a puzzle game to include a story, and Cubicity follows suit. This is simply a cute puzzle game with cubed animals where you progress via a long line of levels that get harder and harder.
Cubicity is a unique puzzle game, that’s for sure. The goal is to get each of the present animals on screen to their proper destination, and all of this has to be done in a cubed world where the animals do not stop until they hit a wall or fall to their demise.
This is a great little puzzle idea that would benefit tremendously from a touch control scheme. It was to my surprise that touch controls were absent, so when I was playing the game in handheld mode, I kept wanting to touch the screen, since most every moment presents itself in a mobile game-like way.
Despite that, it is still a lot of fun, and I genuinely enjoyed the clever puzzles throughout.
Also similar to a mobile game, Cubicity boasts a lot of in-game purchases that you can get with the coins you earn after clearing each puzzle. Each animal you unlock has numerous clothing items that you can buy for them and have them wear, but it is a bit annoying that I need to buy the same item over and over again for each animal if I want them to all match, since each animal’s purchases are tied to only the one animal.
In regards to the puzzles, you are tasked with moving your animals in as few moves as possible in order to get them into their goal, represented by a marker with that animal’s face on it.
This is unique in that you have to think of which animals to use first to help later animals to reach their goal more easily. Because the animals move all the way across the plain like they are sliding on ice means that they need to be stopped precisely to line up with their goal at many times. Figuring out how to do so is exactly the puzzles you will be dealing with.
Although the puzzles are unique and will challenge many players, I often found them to be a bit on the simpler side. That is not necessarily a problem, but for those looking for a bit of a challenge, you may want to look elsewhere.
There are tons of unlocks, including loads of animals and even people, many of which are unlocked by completing random tasks or you can purchase them with 30 in-game coins.
Remember when I said the gameplay has a mobile game feel about it? Well, the audio is so eerily mobile-sounding that it is not even funny. It is not bad, but the repetition of the songs mixed in with the rather loud animal sound effects seemed like a better fit for an iPhone than for a Nintendo Switch console.
VISUALS & PERFORMANCE
The visuals are a really cute series of cubes used to represent a series of things, from the land to the walls to the treasures to the animals. Everything has a Minecraftian look and feel, and it is honestly a pretty puzzle game. The designs of the animals, in particular, are absolutely adorable! Their little animations as they scurry across the screen is genuinely the highlight of the game for me.
It also runs incredibly smooth and puzzles load up almost instantly. I cannot think of a single problem during my hours of gameplay.
Cubicity is going to cost you a solid $5.99, and that is a nice price for a puzzle game on the Switch. Although I do believe it would be a significantly better experience with touch controls, the game still manages to present itself well and challenge players with its unique puzzles.
This may not be a game to just casually dive into, but if you enjoy puzzle games, I genuinely think you will have a good time here.
Story - 7/10
Gameplay - 7/10
Audio - 6/10
Visuals & Performance - 8/10
Value - 7/10
Cubicity is a fun little romp in 3D puzzling that will entertain its players for quite some time. The puzzles may not be the most challenging, and the lack of touch controls is a bit disappointing, but there is a lot of game here for a very generous price. If you enjoy puzzling on your Switch, this is definitely one to check out.
- Cute world and animals
- Unique puzzles
- Great price!
- No touch controls
- A bit easy
- Very mobile-game feeling