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Game Info:

Cube Tactics
Developed by: Fun Unit
Published by: Teyon
Release Date: March 13, 2014
Available on: 3DS
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Number of Players: Single, four person multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E 10+ for fantasy violence
Price: $4.99

Thank you Teyon for sending us this game to review!

Cube Tactics is a fast-paced real time strategy game where you must protect your core while destroying your opponent’s.  The randomly generated resources are shared amongst the players so you have to be quick when selecting cubes and unit bases.   You can sculpt and build up the terrain to make getting to your core more challenging.  

There are five tutorial levels to teach you the basics of building and maneuvering the camera.  By pressing the Y button and using the analog nub, you can rotate the camera.  Pressing X will speed up the game, but I found that it’s fast enough on normal speed.  The A button is used for selecting and placing blocks and bases.  The B button will delete blocks.  The enemy does a good enough job of destroying and reclaiming my blocks that I didn't have to use that feature very often.  When a block is destroyed, you will not get your energy back.

Cube Tactics
Highlights:

Strong Points: Cute puzzle strategy game that offers multiplayer battles
Weak Points: Dumb AI; nobody online to play against
Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence

Energy slowly accumulates as you play and is spent when selecting blocks and bases.  Blocks typically cost one energy point while bases cost three.  There are various types of bases that can spawn knights, ninjas, archers, mages, and witches.  When you place four bases together in a square, a stronger base is constructed.  This upgraded base will produce tougher units.  

Sadly, the units are not very bright and will wander around a bit until they stumble upon an enemy unit or their core.  To aide your units, you can point the base towards the enemy’s core.  While the soldiers are unpredictable, the cannons are a force to be reckoned with and their aim is spot on.   

Cube Tactics has a single-player campaign that provides twenty-five increasingly difficult missions.  Some missions are easy while others have the odds stacked horribly against you.  I made it to level nine before calling it quits with this game.  After completing a level, you are awarded a gold, silver, or bronze trophy.  The type of trophy earned is determined by how fast a level is won.  The levels are unlocked as you go so there is no skipping ahead when stumped.

Cube Tactics
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 68%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 96%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The Battle Royale lets you create your own single-player campaigns.  You can choose how many opponents and how difficult they are (easy, normal, hard).  The match can be timed or unlimited and the size of the world can be adjusted as well.  These features are also available for multiplayer matches.  Unfortunately, I did not find anyone online to play against.

Cube Tactics has colorful graphics, but they are not very detailed.  Units of the same type look alike and they are so small on the screen that they are hard to tell apart.  The loading and menu screens look great, I like the art style. The background music is pleasant to listen to and the sound effects are fitting.

With an asking price of $5, there’s a fair amount of replay with the campaign and the ability to create your own single-player matches.  After struggling through the single player campaign, I can’t say I’m too surprised that nobody was online to play a multiplayer match with me.  

 

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