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Posted by GG Goblin On October - 9 - 2019

I’m gonna cut the cube into pieces.

Remember Qix? It’s okay, you are probably too young. I mean, you are talking about an arcade game from the dark ages, or the early 80s. I must admit even I don’t remember the game, but I do remember becoming quite obsessed some nine years ago with a PC game called Fortix which was based on Qix. It seems that this old arcade game from Taito inspired quite a lot of games with “ix” in the title, not least of which was Cubixx which arrived on PS3 and PSP as part of the PlayStation Mini collection. Followed by a later HD release, Laughing Jackal have now released Cubixx on Nintendo Switch, introducing a whole new audience to the fun and excitement of drawing boxes.


That may have sounded slightly sarcastic, but it wasn’t meant to. It is true that the idea behind Qix inspired gamers always revolves around drawing boxes, but there is generally so much more to it. Cubixx takes things to a new level by challenging the player to draw these boxes on the six sides of a cube.

So, the basics. In Cubixx, the player controls beam of a laser. This light can be moved by the player along any of the edges of the 3D cube that makes the player area. The goal of the game is simply to amass as large a score as possible and doing so involves leaving the safety of these edges and venturing into one of the cube faces. This will leave a line, and by drawing boxes on the faces of the cube, joining them up with the edges, players will capture that part of the cube, making it disappear and scoring them points. The more of the cube that the player captures, the higher the score.

If only it were that easy though. There are also hazards moving around the faces of the cube, and these hazards will bring the player to a halt if they come into contact with an unfinished shape. So speed is of the essence, and getting back to one of the edges is most important, reaching safety and completing a box. Of course, there are ways to deal with these hazards, such as trapping them within one of the shapes without getting caught, and this can lead to great scores. Taking risks to wipe out large sections of a cube face in one go may lead to high scores and faster completion of a cube, which the player must remove a certain amount of before moving on, but it is just as acceptable to slowly chip away at the cube faces, moving from one side to the next with a certain amount of flair. For the largest scores, continuously moving from one face to the next will be the aim of most players. As more complicated hazards turn up, such as those that can’t be destroyed by boxing them in, getting that high score will become more and more difficult.


Arcade mode will see players moving from one cube to the next as they capture a certain percentage. But the fun doesn’t stop there, as Cubixx also includes time attack and score attack modes, along with challenges that will give the player different objectives to achieve. There is even the chance for some multiplayer action, which is great for Nintendo’s take anywhere and play with anyone console. While all of the modes are available to play in co-op, the death match mode will see players facing off against one another as they try to trap them. This really is great fun.

The retro style of the gameplay is matched by the visual theme of the game. It has an almost sci-fi style to it, but the basic shapes and simple colour schemes only emphasise the retro nature of the game. Don’t get me wrong, the game looks very slick on the Switch, especially in handheld mode where the smaller screen makes everything look better, and it moves well without any slowdown. It is just not very interesting to look at. That being said, some great sci-fi sound effects and the compelling soundtrack does give the game a club-like vibe, although it has been a long time since I went to a club so all of that could have changed. The simple visuals and fast-paced soundtrack does keep the player pumped though, and I am sure has something to do with how addictive this game is. Maybe addictive is the wrong word in this day and age, but I kept finding myself going back for more.


At the end of the day, Cubixx is a port of a game from the PS3 era. It’s not very deep or very interesting, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly compelling and great fun to play. This is not a game for long, drawn out sessions, but for an instant kick of pick up and play action, Cubixx really succeeds. Cubixx may not be the star of the Switch library, but it is a game that players will keep on going back to. Even better, it’s relatively cheap by Switch standards. Pick up Cubixx and give it a try.




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