|System: DS, Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Two Tribes||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: The Game Factory||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 27, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The three other main mini-games are each quite different. Whether youll find them more or less entertaining than others in the package is a matter of personal taste. Fit has you organizing a set number of blocks into a specific pattern located within a walled-off area. The blocks can only be moved along the sides of other blocks, and youll have to make the arrangement fit within a set amount of time. Match is a variation on Collapse and Match-three games, where youll switch between two blocks of differing colors to clear out sections of five or more blocks of the same color. Doing math isnt fun, but the Math mini-game is basically a variation on Picross thats definitely more enjoyable than algebra.
Thats it for the serious games. The leftovers provide an opportunity to be creative visually and musically, but they dont really rise to the same level of the other offerings. Compose is a 16 step music sequencer. By manipulating Cubies and tapping out notes on a virtual keyboard, you can program a percussion track and four different melody lines to create short musical pieces. Create lets you pick from different colored Cubies to arrange them into shapes on a blank canvas. Theyre both mildly amusing little activities geared toward younger players.
By nature, the Rubiks Cube is a colorful device, and this translates into the mini-game designs. Youll see a lot of the same basic colors repeated over and over again. The foundation elements in each game are mostly muted grays, whites, and dull colors presumably to provide more of a contrast for the bright blocks. While this works, it doesnt make for a particularly great visual experience. The animated transitions that pop up when selecting a mini-game are a nice touch; aside from the written instructions and descriptions, theyre the only real elements that further the concept of the little blocks being little beings in a 3D world.
Rubiks World provides a mixture of fun and nostalgia that should appeal to younger and older players alike. Admittedly, theres a lot of depth to explore in this decent themed collection, yet the games start to bleed together after a while. Some activities are highly entertaining; others are disappointing. Its a worthy rental warranting a purchase for serious Rubiks Cube fans but there are far better puzzlers out there.
CCC Staff Contributor