The “Match 3″ formula has been repeated all through the game section of the App Store. Ranging from free to paid, good to bad, it’s one of biggest sub-genres that’s been carried over from PC based flash games. Recently I was able to check out an app that takes the formula into a whole new direction. Cubes 3D Revolution, from Simiotica, is a new match ‘em with a 3D twist.
When I first was made aware of Cubes 3D, I instantly assumed that I’d be presented with the same old gameplay scenario where colored balls are moved side to side – thankfully I was wrong. The design of this puzzler is anything but bland. The UI is very “mech” looking; almost like the dev team tore the design away from a spaceship of sorts. The result is that it adds a lot of character and helps to differentiate it from its plain forefathers.
That said, rather then the usual balls/objects, Simiotica has gone with 3D cubes (hence the title) that have intricate glowing designs on the sides.
Although the premise of the game is similar (meaning you match 3 of the same to remove from field), that’s where the similarity ends. In an attempt to bring something entirely new to the table, players will now have to utilize the multi-colored sided of the cubes. Each side can be of a different color, and you tap and pull the cube to rotate to the one you wish to show. Now you may be wondering “how are you able to see all 4 sides?”. That’s where the innovation comes in. Instead of keeping the pieces static, you can use the accelerometer on the iDevice to tilt the cubes in all directions, making it possible to see the hidden sides. As far as I know, this is a first in this type of game and I think it’s great!
Now, as in other puzzle games in the genre, there are bonuses and things to avoid as well (anti-bonuses). The Plus+ Network is also integratedl, so you get various achievements and a global leaderboard to compare scores with.
There are 2 game modes available, classic and arcade. In Classic mode, you simply attempt to make as many moves as you can. Get the highest score possible and the game ends when there are no moves left. In arcade, you play against the clock. You have an energy bar that is similar to a timer and if that runs out, it’s game over. While the 2 modes are nothing new, they are still entertaining and provide a change of pace in the gameplay. And for brand new players (aka newbies), a help section highlights the main points on how to play the game.
Overall, I’m really quite impressed with Cubes 3D Revolution. As I mentioned before, I initially went in expecting the same old song and dance; thankfully I was surprised beyond anything I would have anticipated. If you are a fan of puzzle games (especially of the match 3 variety), then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this one as well. The “3D” aspect alone brings a whole new dimension to the Match 3 genre and it doesn’t disappoint.
|Title:||Cubes 3D Revolution||Developer:||Simiotica|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1.0||Min OS Req:||2.2.1|
|Price:||$1.99||App Size:||13.1 MB|