Thank you Intragames for sending us this title to review!
An evil wizard is summoning the cube people into his world filled with monsters to see if they’re strong enough to make it out alive. When one person fails, another is beckoned with a different weapon and world to explore. Money earned by defeating enemies is kept throughout the game and can be used to purchase a random item from the shopkeeper for 100 gold.
Sometimes the starter weapons are weak and only allow attacks from a certain direction. My favorite weapons are the ones that do spin attacks which help in defeating enemies swarming your character. There’s a wide variety in armaments including bows and arrows, swords, maces, lasers, lightning wands, shotguns, and more.
The amount of health and stamina your character begins with is random as well. Each attack uses up stamina so be sure to stock up on stamina potions for the tougher and longer battles. You can only carry two weapons and four potions so plan accordingly.
Generally speaking, the maps have a good amount of treasure chests in them with potions and weapons inside. Sometimes the treasure chests are behind some poisonous ground or a body of water and are unattainable. I like the fog of war effect and not being able to see what’s lurking in the dark until I approach it. Your goal in each level is to survive and to find the warp out of there.
Along with various enemies like boars, orcs, spiders and such are other cubes trying to escape. Don’t expect a friendly reception though! These other cubes are rather challenging and killed off my temporary character numerous times.
The controls are pretty straightforward and twin-stick in nature. The left stick moves your character and the right stick attacks. The triggers rotate the inventory and the A and B button uses them. For interacting with objects you’ll need to press the B button.
Survive! Mr. Cube has voxel style visuals which are cute and remind me of Minecraft. It’s hard to tell exactly what some of the creatures are. There are some lengthy loading screens which take the opportunity to introduce you to other cubes in the game. Unfortunately, some of the explanations are riddled with grammar mistakes.
The sound effects are fitting and sound good. The background music is pleasant, but not really memorable.
Other than the cartoon violence and occasional magic attack, this game is pretty family friendly and kid safe.
In the end, Survive! Mr. Cube is entertaining, but not really memorable. Sure there is plenty of replayability, but I don’t have much connection with the ever-changing cast of protagonists. When I finally do find a character I like, they quickly get killed off by a boss and are forever lost in the void. If you like games with randomly generated content you’ll probably enjoy Survive! Mr. Cube.