Cubes vs. Spheres Review
- Fun weapon variety; allows players to exploit synergies for fun combos.
- Unique level designs; enemies 'hide' in plain sight.
- Crisp visuals; elegant interface and aesthetic - easy to follow the action.
- Swipe controls can be touchy; light taps can be considered 'swipes', and heavy swipes can sometimes be ignored.
- Tilt-to-look controls feel gimmicky; amusing, but impractical without lots of patience.
While you may be looking for the next high-definition shooter for blasting zombies or aliens, it's worth taking a side-step to play Cubes vs. Spheres as it combines simple action based fun with a unique setting to keep things novel.
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War is hell and there are times when decisions need to be made that may be questionable, but this is about survival; survival against the evil Cube hordes. So yes, it may not be entirely 'fair' to exploit their attraction to 'pink' cubes, but dammit soldier, when they're breathing down your neck you won't have time to complain!
Cubes vs. Spheres by ShockPanda Games is ostensibly another first-person turret based shooter - albeit with flick controls - and you'd be forgiven for wondering if it brings anything new to the table. If we're being perfectly honest, it doesn't, but that's not the whole story. Instead of firing various regular projectiles at incoming zombies/aliens you'll be flicking spheres at incoming cubes.
The range of weaponry that you quickly unlock thanks to points earned at the end of each stage varies from the predictable 'explosive' to battering-ram style bowling balls; automatically homing; freezing; and yes, the lovably pink decoy cube to distract (and then explode in the face of) the enemy forces.
At first the flick controls take a while to get used to as it's possible to accidentally flick while trying to swipe and change the camera angle (tilt controls are available, though they're more gimmicky than useful), but once you're at home with the various tools in your kit you'll be wiping cubes by the dozen. Sadly point-scoring can feel a bit random as multipliers don't make much sense, resulting in scores that swing from 'perfect' to just plain 'good' once the last cube goes down.
What makes Cubes vs. Spheres so worthwhile isn't just its novel weaponry, but also its novel presentation. Set within a clean anti-aliased world of smooth shades, it's easy to be stunned by the elegance of it all. Add in to this the variety of cubes with their own quirky AI (some skulk towards you, while others boldly jump and tip in your direction) that gives character to otherwise basic shapes.
If you're attracted to short, fast and fun arcade titles, Cubes vs. Spheres is perfect for you - definitely worth checking out if you're tired of the usual gun-based turret titles currently available.
DescriptionNominated for "Most Innovative Game of the Year" in the 2011 Best App Ever Awards, sponsored by 148Apps.com!
Step into the stylized geometric world of Cubes vs. Spheres, a 3D physics action game where you defend against waves of advancing Cubes by flicking powerful Spheres at them. Use 6 unique Spheres to explode, freeze, squash and confuse the Cubes. Can you survive the Cube apocalypse?
Featured as New and Noteworthy on the iPad App Store.
Selected as an App of the Week by G4TV.com's TheFeed.
One of Appolicious.com's "iPhone Games of the Week", aside Contre Jour, Sprinkle, EDGE Extended and iBlast Moki 2.
"iPad App of the Week." - The Appcast
"Gorgeous in its simplicity, addicting with all its unlockables and randomized cube behavior, and just keeps giving players more." - 148apps.com (4.5/5)
"Basically a perfect game." - App-Score.com (9/10)
"A ton of fun with great style." - iLounge.com (A-)
"Brilliant - the Tetris for the 21st Century!" - iTopNews.de (4/5)
"Attractive and addictive... an easy recommendation." - PocketGamer.com (8/10)
"Graphics, audio, gameplay, and controls are all stellar." - iGames Central (5/5)
"Replayabilty is off the charts, and it’s one game that will never leave my device." - TheAppShack (4.5/5)
"There’s something simple and crazily addictive about the gameplay." - SlideToPlay.com (3/4)
"Simple action based fun with a unique setting." - AppSpy.com (4/5)
"This unique sphere-tossing game has awesome cube-explosions, and that's always worth paying for." - TouchArcade.com (4/5)
"Very polished, challenging, and a blast to play." - iTracki.com (4.7/5)
"A very solid 4-Dimple effort." - AppSmile.com (4/5)
"Highly simple, yet cool-looking." - Appolicious.com (Fresh Apps)
Cubes vs. Spheres features anti-aliased 3D graphics, minimalist style for unprecedented numbers of enemies, massive explosions and fast-paced gameplay, utilizing physics and particle effects for the utmost in destructive satisfaction!
- 6 unique upgrades, each with their own strategic advantages
- Awesome chain reactions for big points and big explosions
- Simple swipe and tilt controls
- "The cubes are alive!" - Innovative enemy movement makes each play-through different
- Game Center support with Leaderboards, integrated ranking display and 40+ Achievements
- Beautiful stylized, anti-aliased 3D graphics
- A true physics game, where every explosion has an equal and opposite explosion
Cubes vs. Spheres - It's EXACTLY how it sounds.
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WARNING: Due to the intense 3D graphic requirements, Cubes Vs. Spheres will only work on iPhone 3GS or newer hardware, including iPod Touch 3rd generation and higher, all iPads, and of course iPhone 4.
What's New in Version 1.2Retina display support for the new iPad! The evil Cubes are even more crisp and cunning now.
SURVIVAL MODE & INSANE LEVELS are here at last! With new cubes, new obstacles, new achievements and more!
- 10 all new extremely Insane levels
- 3 endless levels to test how long you can survive
- New Fire Cubes, Shield Cubes, Gravity Cubes, and a couple surprises
- New obstacles and mechanics like portals, meteors, dance pads and more
- 4 challenging new achievements to unlock, plus new leaderboards
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