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Plot: What’s it about?
If you enjoy a good challenge, then you will love Cubixx HD. This spiritual successor to Qix will push your skills to the limit and then some. As hard as the game can be, and trust me it can be very hard, the mechanics are flawless, so when you fail, you can’t blame the controls. This is crucial for a tough as nails game, as split second reaction is needed, so Cubixx HD makes sure you have the tools required to succeed. The premise is to blaze your laser across the surface of a six sided cube, slicing off segments until it is demolished. Sounds simple enough, right? But of course, enemies emerge to ensure your destruction plans will not often go as planned. You have a limited amount of health and each mistake will inch you closer and closer to defeat. You can pick up power ups and health boosts however, which are an immense help.
With a simple premise and not much depth beyond the basic mechanics, does Cubixx HD keep us enthralled? You might sit down to play a few levels, but you’ll find yourself lost in the game and several hours invested. This is a testament to the core experience, as the game pushes you, but always gives you the chance to win. So when you lose, you know you made a mistake and you want to jump right back, to set things right once again. The premise is simple, but there is a lot of depth in these mechanics and you’ll spend countless hours with Cubixx HD. With fifty levels to conquer, as well as bonus modes like time trial, challenge mode, line attack, and local multi-player, there is a wealth of content to explore. I do wish the checkpoint system was more lenient, but that is my sole complaint with this title. So if you love puzzle games and want to test your skills, Cubixx HD will be more than happy to show you that you might not be as good as you think.
Video: How does it look?
The visual design here is old school, simple and elegant. Not a lot of flash, but enough visual variety to keep your eyes glued to the screen. The bright colors really lure you in, while the assorted enemies are distinct and you’ll be able to spot which kind you’re up against with ease. So retro visuals that don’t miss a beat, just what the doctor ordered.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sound design follows suit with the visuals, a throwback soundtrack that hits all the right notes. The audio is simple, but effective and never distracts from the experience. I don’t think you’ll be dazzled, but the sound design captures the intended mood and is right at home with the rest of the game elements.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- (1.33:1) Aspect Ratio
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy