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  • Summary: Cubetractor is a neo-retroesque action-strategy-puzzle hybrid where you defeat enemies through an unconventional cube-pulling, turret-buildling mechanic.

    The game carries elements of a reverse tower defence and a grounded bullet-hell dodger to deliver a unique gameplay experience
    presented in a classic top-down perspective.

    You play as Endroi, a menacingly happy-go-lucky quadrubot as he strives to master the art of Cubetracting -- the art of attracting Cubes. It's a deceptively straightforward skill that involves dexterity, acute awareness, multi-tasking and tactical positioning. You'll have to strategize, solve and fight your way through multitudes of enemy installations to achieve your coveted goal.
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  1. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    Cubetractor was apparently developed by only two people, and it's a prime example of less being more--the audiovisual presentation is delightful in ways that transcend technology, and its uncomplicated control scheme masks unprecedented depth and often alarming intensity.
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    It’s fast, fun and engaging and what it lacks in length it makes up for in playability. The puzzles are well thought-out, the core mechanics are honed and the difficulty curve is very even over the course of the game.
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    76
    Either I'm a masochist, or this game is worth the irritation. [Oct 2013, p.81]
  4. Aug 14, 2013
    75
    In the cute and clever Cubetractor, simple mechanics give rise to fiendishly difficult situations.
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Even though Cubetractor is a very solid game and a nice mix of different genres with a little twist, the retro graphics of this game and the accompanying music start to bore very easily.
  6. Aug 21, 2013
    60
    The game works on some level, so you may get more enjoyment out of it than I did. I don’t wholeheartedly recommend that you avoid this game, but you should exercise caution if you decide to take on its challenges.
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  1. Jun 13, 2013
    8
    The story on this one is a blast!

    Cubetractor is an 8-bit inspired puzzle game where you play as a rogue robot who makes a break for
    freedom during the course of taking your "exams". Meanwhile, the robots who built you have no choice but to sit back and hope that you accidentally hit yourself in the face with a cube.

    Mechanically, the game is quite simple. You move your robot around the board and use the space bar to attract blocks toward your position. Once in motion, the blocks continue until they strike something causing damage, merge with another moving block to form a tower, or leave the screen. When not part of a tower, they will regenerate after a few seconds.

    The game is all about creating towers and striking enemies with moving cubes as you progress down the path toward freedom.

    In terms of pros, the story is everything in this game. You should read all the dialog. The mechanics are fun and some of the puzzles really get your pulse pumping as you have to dodge not only the cubes that you send in motion, but also bullets from enemy towers, physical enemies who will aggro you if you get too close, and obstacles like water and mountains.

    In terms of cons, the graphics options are non-existent, the music is not to my taste, and if you hit a block from behind while following it you will take damage.

    This is a nice initial offering from the duo at Ludo Games. I look forward to future titles they might have in the works and I recommend this title for people who like fast-paced puzzles.
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