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Cubiques 1 & 2: A Soothing Puzzler

We have reviewed a number of puzzle games on this site, but we cannot say that we can really call any of them “soothing.” The pure puzzle genre is not necessarily loved by the masses, but most games incorporate elements of the genre to their game design.

So what makes a puzzler successful? That depends. Some gamers prefer a complicated experience that really challenges them. Others prefer a more straight forward approach, like Tetris, that provides a challenge, yet has a clear objective. Grid Mania is a more recent release that follows this mold with Cubiques and Cubiques 2 looking to make their mark in this arena.

Cubiques – Released February 8, 2018

As mentioned, Cubiques is a simple game wherein the player is tasked with getting the “main character” (a red cube) to the yellow marker on the platform. The twist is that in order to do so, the player must touch the red cub to the entire white platform prior to landing on the yellow. This causes the platform to disappear, which minimizes mobility for the red cube. In order to complete a level and move on to the next puzzle, all while tiles must be eliminated.

As you advance through the stages, the challenge increases which causes the player to adjust to new mechanics. To add nuance to getting from ‘point a’ to ‘point b’ mechanics such as teleportation are introduced to increase overall complexity.

Features

70 unique and beautiful puzzle levels.
Beautiful 3D isometric design.
Beautiful graphic design.
Unique and relaxing music.
Steam Achievements.
Simple keyboard arrow controls (WASD or arrow keys for movement).
Ability to scroll through already played levels providing you a way to track your best score.
Localized in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Romanian.
Menu fluid animations.
Metal support added.

Cubiques 2 – Released March 9, 2018

The immediate successor to Cubiques comes in the form of Cubiques 2, wherein the little red cube who could is no longer the star of the show. Eliminating the tiles is also no longer the name of the game. Instead, multiple cubes need to be simultaneously maneuvered to reach their corresponding end tiles. The level ends when all cubes reach their landmark. Every movement affects each cube in the same manner which means the player must think ahead of each keystroke to further the cause.

Cubiques 2 is notably more challenging than Cubiques. Thankfully, the familiar soothing music still plays to keep the player relaxed despite growing frustration.

Features

70 unique and beautiful puzzle levels.
Beautiful black and white 3D isometric design.
Beautiful graphic design.
Simple keyboard arrow controls (WASD or arrow keys for movement).
Ability to scroll through already played levels providing you a way to track your best score.
Localized in English, Spanish, French, German, Romanian, and Italian.
Unique and relaxing music.
Menu fluid animations.

Review

Pros: Music that helps you relax despite solving puzzles. Inexpensive puzzlers each with unique challenges. Lots of content in each game. Simple games that present welcomed challenges.

Cons: Less of a PC game and more of a mobile app.

Cubiques and Cubiques 2 are minimalistic puzzlers with an inexpensive price tag. Both present unique challenges, with the greater challenge found in Cubiques 2. Both games earn a score of 7.4/10.

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Cubiques Steam Store Page

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Cubiques 2 Steam Store Page

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