Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It's brief by today's standards -- finishing at 100% won't take a seasoned gamer longer than 15 hours -- but it's so addictive that you're likely to start a new game as soon as you've finished.
  2. The game’s formula is basically this: grow, attack, mate, grow, attack, mate, grow… and, well you get the picture. Sometimes fighting can simply get old after a while. But besides that this game is absolutely amazing.
  3. These oddball "survival of the fittest" games don't happen often, but, when they do, it's like we get to feel the drugs they were on when they made them. [Nov 2002, p.92]
  4. 78
    Incredibly weird. While I found my time with Cubivore pretty intriguing, I'm betting that the majority of gamers will be left scratching their heads and wondering what the hell they've just witnessed on the screen.
  5. Albeit lackluster in some categories, I give Cubivore high marks for creativity in plot, gameplay, and bad lyrical references during cut scenes. [Nov 2002, p.132]
  6. As a game, it's slightly above average--an interesting combination of puzzle-solving and action that's plagued with camera issues and poor difficulty tuning.
  7. Strange, creative and compelling - Cubivore is a game like no other. [Jan 2003, p.173]
  8. A worthwhile game, but only if you appreciate the quirky and bizarre. [Dec 2002, p.228]
  9. 67
    It has some major camera issues, which frustrates at boss fights, but somehow the fact that it is so strange appeals to me.
  10. Quirky, frightening, addicting.
  11. From its Lego-inspired visual style to its deceptive elegance, there's a certain undeniable charm-yet the actual play is disappointingly shallow, not to mention having one of the worst camera setups I've seen in quite a while.
  12. 60
    If you can get past the graphics and immerse yourself in the gameplay, you might be disappointed at the lack of depth.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 28, 2012
    10
    It's truly sad that such an amazing game is so underground and unloved. It's kind of ironic how the ones that don't sell much end up being some of the best. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    8
    As time goes on it seems that the video game market continues to be filled with remakes and ripoffs. Because of this, it seems truly special when something crazy unique comes along. Enter Cubivore! The game plays like some strange survival game with RPG elements. You play a cube whose dream is to become the top predator by eating just about everything that moves. From start to finish, this is all you do, eat evolve, eat evolve. As you eat, you gain limbs and with different colored limbs comes different combinations. The goal being to play through the game until you've got 100 different combinations. Essentially its a simple game but its given more depth through the games fascinating personality. Every night, your cubivore writes in its diary (it sounds cheesier than it actually is) and the game uses this to comment on the idea of competition and killing things to live. Over all, its a one of a kind experience that really should be shared with modern audiences. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    6
    Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest is certainly one of the more unusual games one will encounter. The purpose is to become King of the Cubivores by assuming as many different mutations as possible by strategically eating the colored slabs of meat off of other Cubivores. Ultimately, this is an unfortunately linear, rather repetitious, but painfully quirky game. A gamer with a penchant for the unusual will be able to look past Cubivore's short comings, but passive curiosity won't carry through to the end. Full Review »