Rubik Cube (3DS eShop)- Review

Thanks to Cypronia for the review code

Title: Rubik Cube
System: 3DS (eShop)
Price: $4.99
Release date: 06/23/2016



The main game/story

In this game, you solve a Rubik Cube. Just this time a virtual one that’s equally as tough!

Graphics

Surprisingly, the menus seem to be carried over straight from the console versions, meaning that they look surprisingly impressive for a 3DS eShop game. There are even a lot of included tutorial videos that look surprisingly good despite the small screen of the 3DS. When it comes to the actual game itself, well the only thing to really point out is that the Rubik Cube looks like it should.

Music and Sound

Unfortunately, the music is not as impressive, with very dull tracks and simple sound effects for rotating the cube. That’s once again all that can really be said about this game.

Gameplay

There’s really nothing to say about this game, which means this review will be rather short. Basically, you have a small amount of modes to choose from, along with a tutorial for how to get the basics of the cube down, but the core game is pretty much the same. You choose between either a 2x2x2 or 3x3x3 cube, and solve it as quick as you can. You can then upload the best times to a leaderboard to try and go for the best time in the world. And, that’s pretty much the entire game, literally a digital Rubik Cube. There seems to be a mode where you can scan a real life object to use as the cube, but I couldn’t get it to work as I have no official Rubik Cubes in my home outside of an old Pac-Man one. Still, it seems the option is there. Unfortunately, when it comes to controlling the cube, it’s a bit clunky, as rotating it can be a big pain due to all the different sides you have to monitor, which seemed to go in different directions than what I wanted it to when I used the stylus, forcing me to use the buttons in order to do it precisely, which is a shame since the game is all about speed and having a clunky touch screen setup isn’t doing the game any favors whatsoever.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Rubik Cube is literally one of those games where the title explains everything, with the clunky touch screen controls being the only thing to write home about. At $4.99, this game is certainly cheaper than a real life cube, and there’s no worrying about breaking one of the pieces after lots of use. Outside of that though, there’s really not much for folks like me who aren’t too good at these, making this pretty much a game where the folks who want it are the folks the game is for. I give Rubik Cube a 5 out of 10, and recommend it to all who just want a portable Rubik Cube, and don’t mind the lack of anything major to shake things up.

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