everywhere there’s cubes. Ice, sugar, Rubik’s, the office one we’re
chained to several days a week, those smoothie ones that Maeve
what’s-her-name can forcibly insert up her bottom as far as we’re
concerned for interrupting the footy so regularly, Monty Burns’ car,
interstellar Volvo drivers the Borg’s transport...
Yes, cubes, they’re nigh-on omnipresent. There’s certainly no
avoiding the six-sided bastiches in the we-know-why-it’s-misspelled
Cubixx HD, either, for, as the name may ever-so-slightly hint
at, this thing’s more cubic than 808 State’s song of the same name
that was also misspelled (we don’t know why on that one).
If you recall the much-respawned 1980s Taito arcade game Qix
then you’ll have an idea both what to expect here, and as to why we
know they spelled the name of this, well, let’s call it ‘homage’, as
they did. Essentially, Cubixx HD is six screens of Qix
sticky-taped to the various sides of a cube and all playable at
You shoom a little white spot around 50 levels of white lines
(higher baby!) cutting a boxy swathe into a cube whilst avoiding
escalating barrages of nasties from titular cubixxes to black clouds
to bzzzzty power spikes, fuses and meteor strikes. Just like Qix,
basically, but with the added (literal) twist of doing it times six
to claim cutty-outtyness real estate and progress. Frenetic? Oh
Additional challenges for score, line length and such add more to
the mix, as does a completely mental split-screen multiplayer mode
for up to seven people. BYO DualShock.
Cubixx HD rocks harder than a granite Acca Dacca cranked to
12 (that’s one louder than 11, duh!). Sure, it’s as original as an
Oasis cover band, and older school than Stick Rubbing 101, but it’s
ace arcade awesomeness. Resistance is futile!