Rubik's World Review
Wii | DS
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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 you’ll 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 you’ll have to make the arrangement fit within a set amount of time. Match is a variation on Collapse and Match-three games, where you’ll switch between two blocks of differing colors to clear out sections of five or more blocks of the same color. Doing math isn’t fun, but the Math mini-game is basically a variation on Picross that’s definitely more enjoyable than algebra.

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That’s it for the serious games. The leftovers provide an opportunity to be creative visually and musically, but they don’t 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. They’re both mildly amusing little activities geared toward younger players.

By nature, the Rubik’s Cube is a colorful device, and this translates into the mini-game designs. You’ll 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 doesn’t 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, they’re the only real elements that further the concept of the little blocks being little beings in a 3D world.

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Rubik’s World provides a mixture of fun and nostalgia that should appeal to younger and older players alike. Admittedly, there’s 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. It’s a worthy rental – warranting a purchase for serious Rubik’s Cube fans – but there are far better puzzlers out there.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.3
Graphics
Simple, colorful, and not particularly amazing.
3.5
Control
The stylus-centric control scheme works well, though it can occasionally be awkward.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There are some catchy tunes among the bunch but nothing special here.
3.8

Play Value
Tons of levels, a few really interesting play modes, and a good level of depth have the potential to keep puzzle addicts busy for a long time.

3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play eight unique games which mix puzzles, quizzes, music and sound activities – as well as the classic cube solving game!
  • Multiplayer will allow you to share the fun with family and friends. Compare your game stats and progress, share environments, music compositions and more!
  • Each game requires forward thinking and involves complex mechanics but a simple interface – all based on the idea that every reaction can have multiple reactions
  • Expand your Rubik’s universe. The better you play, the more Cubies come to life, unlocking new challenges and activities


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