Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Something a little different but doesn’t have enough hold to make you stay with it for long periods.
  2. Yet another downloadable Robotron clone, but one with some interesting, if peculiar, ideas.
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Highly recommended for those new to the twin-stick shooter. [Issue#56, p.105]
  4. 68
    Death by Cube seemed like a very good game at first. The first half hour I had incredible fun, but fast the notes were increasingly red, meaning bad, worse, impossibly bad. The game has potential, but having to replay a level eight times to unlock enough coins to advance, is a tad overboard. The pure chaos and difficulty make for a lack of tactic. You're basically raping your controller, in the hope of escaping the battlefield alive, realizing you've only gathered a measly 350 coins. That's with the next level costing 4600 coins. It's not a bad game, but it does pay homage to its title. Dying by cubes is your infernal fate in this game.
  5. Unlike a majority of twin-stick shooters out there, Death by Cube will only be enjoyable to a select group of gamers. The high level of difficulty exhibited in the first few levels of the game will likely turn off those who aren't looking for something very challenging.
  6. There's some enjoyment to by found here, but by the end of the experience fun will be nothing more than a fond memory.
  7. A surprise hit. Whilst there are better titles of a similar nature available on the Xbox Live Arcade, the game provides great enjoyment amongst a vast amount of frustration, mostly caused by the high difficulty setting. If you enjoy the trial, Death by Cube is a worthy purchase, even at 800 Microsoft Points.
  8. 60
    Twin stick shooters are normally awesome - this one isn't. Avoid it unless you like extremely hard games or pretending things are good to just to annoy people.
  9. Edge Magazine
    It shows that this most predictable of genres is still capable of throwing out interesting surprises. [Mar 2010, p.97]
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    We're sure some of the more masochistic shooter fans will bask in Death By Cube's tough-as-nails difficulty level, but all others should move along. [Apr 2010, p.83]
  11. In the end, Death by Cube is a decent, cheap arcade shooter for any fan who needs a quick fix.
  12. The folks at Premium Agency were clearly inspired by Geometry Wars, and just added some blood and cubes. But, in the end there is a dead online multiplayer community, with little hope of attracting players from the single player campaign. Anybody looking for a less frustrating Shooter/Strategy should take a pass on this one.
  13. There are a lot of levels and unlockables to discover. Also, earning ranks and setting high scores could keep you busy for days. However, the multiplayer component is not well supported, and gameplay soon gets dull and repetitive.
  14. Unless you still fantasize about the dually-analog genre, you may find your money better spent elsewhere.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. TomaszT.
    Feb 3, 2010
    A robot who have lost memory is shooting cubes/robots which die in a very bloody way. Very poor graphics, repetitive/boring gameplay, weird A robot who have lost memory is shooting cubes/robots which die in a very bloody way. Very poor graphics, repetitive/boring gameplay, weird game concept. Full Review »