Cubed3's Scores

  • Games
For 669 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lowest review score: 10 Pool Party
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 669
669 game reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It plays very well and, besides the small loading screen glitch, it does little wrong. Miffy's World will keep a child happy, and that's what matters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix may not set the world on fire, or usurp the likes of WarioWare: Smooth Moves from its lofty perch, but Nordcurrent's effort definitely achieves some merit for including such a vast amount of mini-games, many of which do indeed prove to be extremely entertaining, either alone or with three other friends in tow.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it is a full and immersive title, The Sims 3 does bear the hallmarks of being a port without much consideration for the increased capacity and capabilities of the 3DS, with some struggling controls and awkward presentation to boot.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Puzzle Bobble Universe is still a fantastic puzzle effort at heart, yet due to it being a considerably cut down version of its older brother, sadly it is hard to recommend this - especially since the Nintendo 3DS is backwards compatible with the regular DS, meaning Puzzle Bobble Galaxy will play just fine on the 3D portable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whilst Super Monkey Ball 3D is fun, somewhat harking back to the days of the original GameCube duo, it proves to be far too simple a game on the whole, with not as much variation in level design as in the past. Even the inclusion of the Smash Bros. and Mario Kart-style mini-games do not save Super Monkey Ball 3D from run-of-the-mill status.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A disappointing effort from the series veterans and creators - it feels as if the Wii version was considered last, with faulty controls and a blatant lack of planning when it came to motion control. There are plenty of features to dig your teeth into, but the lack of care makes it difficult to tackle without many compromises. Worth trying if you're a fan of the sport or Virtua Tennis, but only worth buying if you can become accustomed to the controls.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cubic Ninja is a delightful addition to a 3DS market saturated with games seemingly made to take a quick advantage of the new technology.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters on 3DS is a bit on the easy side, and there are some shortcomings such as occasional slowdown, especially within combat. If you're a fan of Metroid-style exploration, though, or the Green Lantern series itself, and are prepared to accept some flaws, this is not a bad buy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bermuda Triangle's ecological message distances it from other puzzle games, and the gameplay itself stands strong initially, but ultimately with a glaring lack of content and features that would have been justifiable had it been a downloadable DSiWare or eShop title, the game is hard to recommend to anyone except beginners at a discount price.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Captain America: Super Soldier is a fairly decent game with very few flaws, though there's nothing spectacular about it and the environments are pretty much the same throughout.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a movie tie-in it is a surprisingly well-polished title, but as a video game experience it lacks that spark and direction to take it further.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When it differentiates itself Disney Universe comes across well, but the problem is that it just doesn't happen enough. The gameplay is clearly derived from the LEGO titles, while costume presentation comes from LittleBigPlanet, all given a Disney coat of paint.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ubisoft's stab at claiming some of the market share from Level-5's immensely popular series could have been a positive one, yet instead whilst still enjoyable it proves to be a lacklustre alternative.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    After a strong start with Valet Parking 1989, Zordix has managed to craft yet another simplistic action puzzle game with 1950s Lawn Mower Kids that will definitely appeal to anyone looking for a back-to-basics product. Unfortunately, though, despite having some intriguing gameplay mechanics, camera movement restrictions mar the experience overall, holding this back from being what it deserved to be - a cult classic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its shortcomings in terms of the control system and extremely low difficulty setting, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond proves to be a far more substantial and engaging outing than its predecessor, yet unfortunately will only really appeal to younger fans of the Pokémon series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mario Tennis Open impresses and disappoints, unfortunately, proving to not be the out-and-out champion many were expecting, yet still managing to offer enough familiar fun to engage fans of old and newcomers alike. Brace yourself for a brief single-player mode and remove all thoughts of serious tennis from your mind and it will not be too much of a let-down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sparkle Snapshots 3D is certainly a powerful little tool for all the options it provides.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Planet Crashers gets very repetitive for those without patience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its beauty in the presentation stakes, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is certainly not the RPG than many fans of the series in general were expecting. It does prove to be a satisfying enough adventure after becoming accustomed to the mix and match of gameplay styles included, but the back-tracking and frustrating limitations of the sticker battling system fail to impress. The whole package feels a bit 'lost and confused.'
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D helps to fill a void in the games market by successfully emulating the perils of being in the emergency services, and yet somehow does so a little too well if the dodgy input methods and stuttering graphical levels are anything to go by. One of the more unique first-person 'shooters' on the 3DS market, but also a book of matches you need to be cautious with when striking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the entire experience is marred by poor controls and frustrating gameplay in general and pretty much spoils that to a large degree, dragging the game down and preventing it from fulfilling its potential. Definitely a missed opportunity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Heroes of Ruin is an average game, with much better alternatives out there. The daily challenges are nothing compared to the daily and weekly puzzles found in the Professor Layton games and they do not work as planned. For 3DS owners looking for a game with a lengthy campaign with some form of online play included, there are games that are worthier of the money.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With The Cave, SEGA and Double Fine have brought the world a very intriguing character-switching puzzle adventure that glows thanks to its superb presentation values and dark humour. Unfortunately, though, there are some gameplay frustrations that mar the experience, which proves to be a crying shame given how potentially great it could have been.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simple strategic elements in a quirky setting fit the portable nature of the Nintendo 3DS perfectly, and the only drawbacks come from a few repetitive missions, the unusual lack of touch screen elements, and somewhat clunky control system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite this solid grounding though, the price leaves a lot to be desired. This one is best saved for players in unique circumstances: those who lack a smartphone and are craving something in the genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Don't make the mistake of thinking AiRace Speed can be a solid alternative to F-Zero… because it isn't. This is no competitive multiplayer racing experience, and instead tries to appeal to those that like a trial and error-type challenge that creates its thrills out of boosting and dodging through tunnels that generally all look alike and trying to rank highly online.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Only some poor touch screen implementation and a lack of motivation for constantly coming back to replay to better scores mar what is otherwise a faithful accompaniment to The Cube on TV.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even as a simple update with 150 brand new puzzles, Picross e3 is always going to be a guaranteed great purchase at under £5 for both those who are already addicted to this simple but testing series, and to people that have never tried a Picross game before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    People can say what they will about the game's sexual content; Senran Kagura Burst's real failings are in its gameplay and its level design. Were those deficiencies addressed, it would be a solid title.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths is a good game that stays faithful to the source material. It's hard to recommend this to anyone other than fans of the show and younger players who may find some challenge in the puzzles contained within the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is not a bad game, but it falls short of being a great game due to its long dialogue sequences that can be easily identified as unnecessary padding.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Ghosts is everything that Call of Duty titles have been in the past: fast-paced action and the usual competitive multiplayer with a few twists thrown in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Batman: Arkham series has been of a consistent quality since it began with Asylum, but with not too many changes to the formula, it has started to become a tad too stale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun is there to be found, in small pockets of good mini-games (although not consistent or regular), but - as a big fan of Mario Party in general - this isn't the greatest of games.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Whilst not a travesty in the platform stakes, unfortunately Yoshi's New Island is rather bland and nowhere near the quality of Yoshi's Island on the SNES, and probably not even as interesting as the oft-criticised Yoshi's Island DS.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    AeternoBlade offers decent combat, platforming and puzzles that involve its time manipulation mechanic. Unfortunately, it is lacking polish, and several cheap segments later in the game can lead to unnecessary frustration.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pure Chess is a solid way to play the popular board game offline and features a great presentation, but unfortunately, its online component is very inconsistent.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a middle of the road standard game for children, with little imagination but reasonably solid gameplay. If you like that sort of thing, leap on in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a difficult one, the missions look and play extremely well so this should score highly, but due to the sheer lack of substance outside of those missions means you'll struggle to build an emotional attachment to the game and without a solid scenarios to drive you onto the next level you'll put it down as quickly as you pick it up.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sadly this DS version of Boogie fails to spark as much interest as the Wii version, partly due to the lack of singing elements and lower quality music, but mainly due to awkward control system that more often than not fails to register your movement properly, as well as the annoyingly random mini-games thrown in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    LOL
    If you've got three enthusiastic mates, preferably each willing to chip in for the game, then there's a lot of fun to be had here. But, for most people, it would probably be cheaper and easier to stick with plain ol' Pictionary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hurry Up Hedgehog! is a nice little board game adaptation that offers some fun and challenge, but without a more expanded single player mode it's difficult to wholly recommend, unless you have some friends that enjoy the game too that can engage you in rounds of pit-abuse-based multiplayer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's definitely not on the level of the 'big boys' of music games, but with a better budget, more time and more effort, there's something lurking under there that has potential.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Iron Man is your classic film tie-in; it reeks of under-development and simply isn't worth your time or money.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This one's a particular shame, though, as it's actually got some good gameplay behind it - it's just too short to be recommended, and doesn't deserve any higher than the most average of marks because it's held back by the length issues.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It certainly has some potential, but Rhapsody constantly disappoints.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The gameplay as a whole generally works despite some niggles; it just needed to be tweaked and have everything else done again on the presentation side. It can’t be denied, however, that there are superior golf games on Wii, mainly with EA’s ever-improving Tiger Woods series. Or you could go out and play the real thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A bit of a mixed bag really. This is a game that tries so hard to be sweeping and epic and whatnot, but just ends up being laughably predictable and generic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Irritatingly, this game does so little wrong apart from being average and run of the mill. The biggest irk is the lack of anything from the Spore franchise that made it stand out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Worth considering for young Avatar fans, and obsessed cinema-goers, but everyone else can safely leave this one for nature to envelop. Or the bargain bins, whichever works.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Heracles Chariot Racing is a pretty fun substitute for Mario Kart for the price, but it pales in direct comparison to the Nintendo series from which it takes many of its concepts. It's best played in multiplayer, but the necessity to own so much plastic for it to be used to full potential and the lack of online hurt the title.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward is an unfortunate game. It begins well enough by luring you in with a simple yet satisfying mechanic, but eventually breaks down into an overly frustrating and repetitive slog as complexity and difficulty increases but the rewards do not.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I'd like to think that Hysteria Hospital's creation was all a ploy to highlight the troubles of overworked nurses everywhere, but that's probably not the case. Instead, it's a pretty decent, and mildly addictive, game that could have been much better - losing the repetition would have been a good start.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You can see the direction Awesome Play were trying to go with Speed Zone, but it just doesn't come off. The modes are there, the speed the title touts can be there, but the controls are not what they should be.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a predominantly unremarkable title that fails to hook you in any meaningful way. Combat is an integral part of the game, but it is a largely repetitive and unsatisfying affair due to an over-reliance on under-powered attacks and button-bashing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a bit lacking, but this is a nice original game that could feasibly keep the family entertained for part of a rainy day.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you desperately need handheld versions of the classic Sonic titles, you have no alternative than to buy Sonic Classic Collection. However, the true greatness of the games on offer here does not get to shine through properly as there are a number of a issues, from glitchiness and slowdown to removed features.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mario's Cement Factory is certainly the best of the three DSiWare Game & Watch titles so far, offering high intensity reaction-based fun, yet, as with the other two releases, it still lacks that special ingredient to keep gamers coming back time and time again, even if it does only cost 200 Points.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not a bad title, but it's not a particularly good one either, and it just gets too 'samey' too quickly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On first glance, All-Star Karate looks like it might be right at home on the shelves between Cruis'n and Ninjabread Man. For those willing to persist, however, the game rewards players with fun gameplay and exercise potential, if falling short in areas of presentation and MotionPlus usage.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Arcade Sports has a decent mixture of games in its package, but unfortunately a few issues hold back what is otherwise a good collection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even die-hard True Believers will be hard pushed to find much enjoyment here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The feeling of being left adrift in Pirates! is one that just should not be tolerated.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's impressive to see the full Chaos Theory ported with almost all of its features intact onto a handheld. Everything is there for the espionage enthusiast: infiltration, interrogation and some very tense stealth sections. Unforgivably, however, Splinter Cell 3D is severely let down by its controls which at times make even doing the simplest tasks a chore and will put a lot of people off very quickly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A fun scrapper for younger minds, and an effective showcase for the 3D effects' capabilities, but the repetitive and short nature of Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D ensures that it won't be long before its time in your 3DS becomes a thing of the past.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Rio
    Rio is fun while it lasts, and takes a more considered approach to its subject matter than thrusting it into a standard platformer template. Unfortunately, it's let down by a lack of content, only offering a few hours of play when all is said and done, and rather poor instructions and narration do not help.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Presentation troubles can usually be ignored if the gameplay is there, but unfortunately presentation is a big part of what WWE All Stars was supposed to be all about - over the top, arcade gameplay. Without the visual effects of its HD brothers, and with poor sound effects that do nothing to emphasise the action, WWE All Stars Wii feels like a shell of what it should be despite an array of interesting story modes and a wide-appealing roster.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Super Pokemon Rumble is an interesting diversion from the core Pokemon formula while 3DS owners wait for a mainline RPG, and the real-time combat approach feels quite visceral and satisfying.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Abyss is a tidy mini game with responsive controls and an easy to pick up and play formula, but it's just far too short and lacks any replay value. It's the budget price tag that saves it from being less than an average game, though. For any parents out there that might be after a game that is simple enough for children to play and keep them occupied for a little while, Abyss would be ideal, especially given the cost. However, for anyone else, that couple of quid is probably best saved for something else.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, there isn't an awful lot else to come back for, but it is proof that augmented reality and motion controls work extremely well together. For those that don't own Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2, however, remember to avoid this one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Whilst moderately enjoyable in brief multiplayer bouts, the game fails to hit the mark far too often.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dress to Play: Cute Witches! knows exactly who it is appealing to and delivers on that end very well. The dress-up nature of the game is sure to be popular with little girls, just in the same way the likes of Animal Crossing is. The unlocking of more styles will keep them occupied for a while, but it really could have done with just a bit more added content to save it from being put down too quickly.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Funky Barn had a lot going for it, and in many ways it works a treat thanks to some smooth controls and the farming element proving to be quite fun. However, when a lot of the processes become automated later on, the enjoyment factor starts to wane considerably. On top of this, despite having some pleasing options, the general amount included does not warrant its high retail price-tag, and it would have been far more palatable had it been a cheaper eShop download.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Aero Porter features a good and surprisingly fun concept but fails when it comes to its execution. It's enjoyable to play through for a while but that doesn't make it a worthwhile purchase at the price of £4.49 when there are plenty of better options on the 3DS eShop. It could only be recommended to people who love micromanaging and aren't put off by heaps of frustration.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With this being Tecmo Koei's second game for the Wii U, it's unacceptable for it to make similar mistakes to those made with Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. Not only that, but this game appears to be less enjoyable than its predecessor, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With Clash of Elementalists, what you see is literally what you get. While it has potential to be an interesting concept for a fighting game, the lack of playability, as well as frustrating camera and control issues, make it hard to get attached to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Starship Damrey is a solid little adventure title, marred by a limited scope thanks to its origins as part of a three-in-one retail package that never came to light, a low budget, poor control choices and a story that shows potential but is not fleshed out enough to make players really care about the final outcome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The very idea of Cloudberry Kingdom's procedural level generation might be enough to entice people to give it a try, and, certainly, some will enjoy the challenge it puts up. However, the tediousness of the same-looking levels that can only be completed by being pin-point accurate and its quickly-growing frustrations don't really spur on any sort of drive to see the game through and, more importantly, deliver very much in the way of enjoyment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Undead Bowling on Nintendo 3DS eShop has a lot of small problems that add into larger issues, but this game still has a lot of fun to offer. There is a nice original game at work here, but it definitely needed a little more care and attention, and sadly proves to be one of the weaker releases on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are moments where it feels good (which we hope can be expanded on for a decent follow-up, or be applied to another game entirely), but mainly it leaves a bitter taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even if you're a die-hard Potter fan who falls into the lower age category the game is clearly intended for, there's very little here to hold your interest for long.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You don't have to figure out too much, but it's a twenty hour long story, so it should keep you going for a bit if you can put up with the confusing storyline and translation issues.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game does have some potential to host a well rounded sandbox experience but fails through what seems like an experimental, first-stab-at-it approach with little in the way of refining and testing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Consisting only of two incredibly limited modes, neither of which particularly suited to any age group, and featuring little else, Maths Workout is a hard sell to recommend over that of other notable number-featuring brain ticklers like Brain Training or Professor Layton.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day die-hard pet simulator fans will enjoy the game, young children might get a kick or two out of it for a little while but we can't see it sticking in the long haul.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    More likely to induce than reduce frustration.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Keep your 200 Nintendo Points for something else.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Game & Watch: Judge is fun at the most basic level, but it has really not aged well at all.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With much better Breakout alternatives already available on WiiWare, Soccer Bashi is a struggle to recommend.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Gameloft has missed the opportunity to capture the racing genre from Day One with Asphalt 3D, offering up a slowdown-riddled identikit experience that will struggle to hold many gamers' attention for the duration.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Stealth Force Edition is unfortunately stricken by a strange control scheme, an extremely short campaign and a repetitive nature, despite a fairly interesting scenario and solid, glitch-free gameplay.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Captain America: Super Soldier for 3DS could be a decent game were it not for the graphical glitches, slowdown and frustration caused by potentially game breaking instances.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP is a game for the fans only, and even they might feel insulted by it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is a good idea from Enjoy Gaming, but sadly the limited customisation options mean games will usually end up roughly the same. For £3.60, this isn't a bad buy if 3DS owners are looking for a game that contains classic puzzle themes and has a reasonable game editor thrown in, but for most people Block Factory simply will not be worth the time or money.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For four times the price of the eShop game, this is definitely not worth the investment. Stick to the original or opt for something far better for creative minds, New Art Academy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Groove Heaven is clearly one for the kids, but even then, it's far too short of an adventure that lacks variety in its levels and music tracks. The presentation is lovely and the idea is welcome, but it's difficult to recommend this rhythm title over some of the greats already available on the Nintendo 3DS.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Not a good start for Mordecai and Rigby's first video game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Reel Fishing Paradise 3D is one of only very few options available for people looking for a fishing game on the Nintendo 3DS. It simply cannot match console simulators that really get the feel for fishing down far better than a portable edition can, though.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are so many missed opportunities and strange control choices that it considerably drags the quality down.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As is, at $2, less than the cost of a side dish at a fast food restaurant, it is so inoffensive, so softly marketed, that it actually may be a good purchase for some fans of physics puzzling games. Be warned, though, that much like fast food, the entire game may be finished in less than 30 minutes.